Copenhagen - Presentation of the World Development Report 2012 in Denmark
World Bank Director of Gender and Development Jeni Klugman visited Copenhagen November 2 to present the World Development Report (WDR) on Gender Equality and Development.
Ms. Klugman met with around 20 representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark and Danish NGOs to present the WDR and discuss its key findings.
The main message of the report is that the patterns of progress and persistence in gender equality matter, both for development outcomes and policy making, since gender equality is a core development objective in its own right. But greater gender equality is also smart economics, enhancing productivity and improving other development outcomes. Economic development is not enough to shrink all gender disparities – corrective policies that focus on persisting gender gaps are essential. The report points to four priority areas for policy going forward:
- reducing gender gaps in human capital – specifically those that address female mortality and education;
- closing gender gaps in access to economic opportunities, earnings and productivity;
- shrinking gender differences in voice and agency within society; and
- limiting the reproduction of gender inequality across generations.
These are all areas where higher incomes by themselves do little to reduce gender gaps, but focused policies can have a real impact.
As the lead author of the UNDP Human Development Report 2011, Ms. Klugman also participated in the launch of the UNDP report “Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All”, attended by the Prime Minister of Denmark Ms. Helle Thorning-Schmidt and UNDP Administrator Ms. Helen Clark.
2012 World Development Report on Gender Equality and Development: