The increasing convergence to gender parity in primary and secondary enrollment ratios and, more generally, progress on human development have enabled the development community to shift its attention to second generation issues such as equality in endowment of physical capital and economic opportunities, gender bias in vulnerability to systemic and exogenous shocks, and dynamic interaction between gender equity and development. This panel explored frontier thinking on gender and development and emerging contrasts across development institutions, bilateral donors and regions of the developing world. Panelists discussed how development institutions and other donors are responding to emerging challenges and highlight the potential implications of new thinking on gender and development for growth, poverty reduction and women’s economic empowerment.
In particular, this session:
- provided an overview of frontier thinking on gender and development and emerging contrasts across development institutions, bilateral donors and regions of the developing world;
- discussed how development institutions and other donors are responding to emerging challenges on gender and development;
- highlighted the potential implications of the new frontier thinking on gender and development for growth and poverty reduction and women’s economic empowerment.
Objectives: The primary objective of this session was to bring the participants up-to-date on the latest thinking on gender and development and share perspectives across institutions, with a view to (i) enhancing gender mainstreaming in the design of projects and development programs, and (ii) increasing understanding of the gender and development dynamics, and (iii) promoting demand for gender work.
Chair: Marcelo Giugale, Sector Director PREM, AFR
· Mayra Buvinic, Director, Gender and Development, PRMGE
· Caren Grown, Senior Advisor, Gender Equality, USAID
· Susanna Moorehead, Executive Director, UK
· Andrew Morrison, Chief, Gender and Diversity, IADB
· Ana Revenga, Director, WDR2012 Gender Equality and Development, DECWB
· Annika Tornqvist, Lead Gender Specialist, SIDA
Closing Remarks: Mayra Buvinic, Director, Gender and Development, PRMGE
- Country Economists, Task Team Leaders in regional VPUs and Networks, Regional Gender Coordinators, Country Gender Focal Points, Representatives from think tanks, donor community and civil society organizations.
Task Manager: Hippolyte Fofack, Senior Economist, PRMGE