Reducing poverty through inclusive growth and good governance


    The World Bank supports the design of policies and the building of accountable institutions to achieve inclusive growth in developing countries. Public and private policies and actions can promote gender equality, and the Bank has placed gender equality at the forefront of its own work with clients. Illustrative of this is the fact that all country assistance strategies discussed in the past year were gender informed, meaning that gender was integrated into the analysis. Gender integration in World Bank lending has deepened, with more lending operations including follow-up actions to address identified gender disparities. This is true across all groups of clients and sectors. The total share of Bank lending that was gender informed rose from 54 percent to 95 percent between fiscal 2010 and fiscal 2014, or nearly $38 billion in fiscal 2014. Ninety-three percent of operations in fragile and conflict-affected situations were gender informed in fiscal 2014, up from 62 percent in fiscal 2010. Similarly, 49 out of 54 operations (over 90 percent) in conflict-affected situations in Africa were gender informed in fiscal 2014. Two reports produced this year by the World Bank detail persistent challenges. Voice and Agency: Empowering Women and Girls for Shared Prosperity sheds new light on constraints facing women and girls worldwide, from epidemic levels of gender-based violence to biased laws and norms that prevent them from owning property, working, and making decisions about their own lives. Gender at Work: A Companion to the World Development Report on Jobs describes how women around the world still face huge and persistent inequalities at work. In late 2013, the World Bank launched two new open technology platforms providing a wealth of information about progress toward gender equality. One, the enGender Impact database, is a repository of impact evaluations with key findings gathered from World Bank and partner projects. Another, the ADePT Gender software application, houses a growing volume of gender data and produces quick, standardized reports, including crosscountry labor statistics.