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Ways to Bridge Gender Gaps

Location:   1818 H Street, N.W., MC4-800
Begins:   Apr 11, 2008 15:30
Ends:   Apr 11, 2008 18:45

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On April 11, Mr. Zoellick spoke at an event on "Ways to Bridge Gender Gaps" and in a special ceremony accept an MDG3 Champion Torch from Denmark's Minister Ulla Tørnæs. "Ways to Bridge Gender Gaps" showcased two policy approaches to promote women’s economic empowerment under Gender Equality as Smart Economics, a World Bank Group Action Plan: increasing economic opportunities for adolescent girls through demand-side incentives such as conditional cash transfers; and promoting women's entrepreneurship by reducing regulatory and legal constraints to doing business. A minister-level roundtable debated policy priorities to increase women's economic opportunity.

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Ways to Bridge Gender Gaps


Friday, April 11, 2008


Rm. MC4-800


Washington D.C.


3:30-3:40           Welcome & Opening Address

§         Danny Leipziger, Vice President and Head of Network, PREM, World Bank


3:40-4:30           Investing in Adolescent Girls

Chair: Gunilla Carlsson, Minister for International Development Cooperation, Sweden


§         Economic Empowerment of Adolescent Girls

Presenter:  Mayra Buvinic, Sector Director, PREM Gender and Development


§         Using Gender-targeted Conditional Cash Transfers to Bridge Gender Gaps


Mattias Lundberg, Senior Economist (HDNCY) and Co-author Gender-based Conditional Cash Transfers


Discussants: Michael Baxter, Country Director (Mozambique, Malawi, Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe); Maria Eitel, President, Nike Foundation

4:30-5:20           Leveling the Playing Field: Promoting Women’s Entrepreneurship

Chair: Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Managing Director, World Bank


§         Case Studies – 3 African women entrepreneurs

Presenters:  Victoria Ksyombe, Serolease Microleasing Company, Tanzania; Zoe Dean-Smith, Gone Rural, Swaziland; and Kah Walla, Strategies! Cameroon


§         Discussants: Håkon Arald Gulbrandsen, State Secretary for International Development, Norway;Dina Powell, Managing Director for Stakeholder Relations, Goldman Sachs.


§         Integrating gender into analysis of legal and regulatory barriers to entrepreneurship – the Doing Business Project and Enterprise Surveys

Presenter: Simeon Djankov, Chief Economist, Private Sector Development, Doing Business



5:20-5:30           Coffee Break


5:30-6:00           Ministerial Roundtable: Options for Closing Gender Gaps

Chair: Danny Leipziger, Vice-president and Head of Network, PREM, World Bank



  • Gunilla Carlsson, Minister for International Development Cooperation, Sweden
  • Antoinette Sayeh (TBC),  Minister of Finance, Liberia
  • Mahmoud Mohieldin, Minister of Investment, Egypt
  • Ulla Pedersen Tørnæs,  Minister for Development Cooperation, Denmark
  • Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany


6:00-6:45           Closing Session

- MDG3 Champion Torch Ceremony

- Closing Statements and Commitments

- Press Q&A


Robert Zoellick, President of the World Bank Group

Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany

Last updated: 2008-04-04

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