With 189 member countries, staff from more than 170 countries, and offices in over 130 locations, the World Bank Group is a unique global partnership: five institutions working for sustainable solutions that reduce traditional documenting research papers and build shared prosperity in developing countries. The World Bank Group works in every major area of development.
We provide a wide array of financial products and technical assistance, and we help countries share and apply innovative knowledge and solutions to the challenges they face. We face big challenges to help the world’s poorest people and ensure that everyone sees benefits from economic growth. Data and research help us understand these challenges and set priorities, share knowledge of what works, and measure progress. Gender equality for development is a core theme of i2i work and cuts across all thematic areas. Addressing Human Capital Gender Gaps through the Lifecycle Gender gaps in human capital are well-documented, but there is little evidence on how best to close those gaps.
New IEs in Nigeria are testing supply and demand-side interventions to increase women’s access and use of medical antenatal and birth services, and community-level interventions to increase uptake of malaria-prevention technologies and increase accessibility of anti-malarial drugs. Economic Opportunities Women’s access to economic opportunities is undermined by their lower access to production inputs. Female farmers have less access to information, as agricultural extension networks are dominated by men. Throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, women are disproportionately limited in their land ownership and transfer rights. Further, large parts of population in developing countries do not have access to essential social services. Access to productive assets constrains women’s economic opportunities, whether women farmers or micro-entrepreneurs. An i2i IE in Rwanda tested introduced targeted and pre-commitment savings accounts.
Promoting Women’s Empowerment and Agency for Economic Development A growing body of evidence shows that placing women in the center of the development agenda can increase efficiency in the management of institutions and resources. Also, female leaders can have beneficial impacts on social norms. A notable opportunity for the i2i portfolio is to make a dent in understanding gender issues in underserved areas. Recent progress on this front includes the transport sector, and economic and electoral participation in fragile settings. Reducing transaction costs by improving transport infrastructure has the potential to change the way women access markets. In Ethiopia, a large expressway construction is combined with the development of a large industrial zone.