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Thinking Equal in Trade Facilitation: Mainstreaming Gender in Trade Facilitation and Logistics

Begins:   Jan 10, 2012 12:30
Ends:   Jan 10, 2012 14:00

January 10, 2012

There is only a very limited literature on the trade and gender links that looks at the new trade interventions that are rapidly expanding: trade facilitation issues and more broadly trade competitiveness interventions that touch several dimensions not strictly linked to tariffs. Development projects are an ideal place for generating this evidence, through the diagnostic studies that identify the best set of interventions or via the impact evaluation analysis of the interventions.

To spur the ability of projects to take into account gender, International Trade Group (PRMTR) and Gender and Development Group (PRMGE) are collaborating to produce guidance notes that help people working in the field to identify and assess gender dimensions of trade projects, particularly trade facilitation, trade policy, and trade competitiveness projects.

At this event, we discussed the first guidance note which relates to the issue of gender equality in trade facilitation and logistics projects. The guidance note, prepared by Kate Higgins, from the North-South Institute, discusses why gender matters for trade facilitation drawing on a number of operations, including the Uganda Export Promotion Board and the Transport Project in Rural Peru. In addition, she gives examples of projects that integrated the gender dimension and their outcomes and provides practical advices and templates on how gender dimensions can be integrated into these type projects.

Chair: BERNARD HOEKMAN, Director, PRMTR, World Bank

Presenter: KATE HIGGINS, Overseas Development Institute


PAUL BRENTON, Lead Economist, Africa Region, World Bank
JULIE BABINARD, Environmental and Social Development Specialist, TWITR, World Bank
CHARLES KUNAKA, Senior Trade Specialist, PRMTR, World Bank

About the Presenter:

Kate Higgins
is a research associate at Overseas Development Institute where she conducts policy-focused research on equitable growth; trade; labour markets; Millennium Development Goals; post 2015 framework; chronic poverty; poverty and social impact analysis; fragile states. She was the former executive officer for the Australia Indonesia Partnership for Reconstruction and Development (AIPRD) Secretariat, Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), Canberra, Australia and a policy officer for the Papua New Guinea Economic Governance Program, AusAID, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea and Canberra, Australia. She holds a Master of Philosophy in Development Studies from University of Oxford, UK.

About the Discussants:

Julie Babinard
is an environmental and social development specialist in the Transport Unit of the Transport, Water and Information and Communication Technology Department of the World Bank. Her research, publications and operational experience focus on inclusion, employment, health and environmental aspects of transport operations. She also coordinates the Transport for Social Responsibility Thematic Group which aims to develop guidance and good practice for optimizing the social and environmental benefits of the sector’s policies and investments. Julie holds a Master’s in International Policy Studies from Stanford University with a background in environmental and natural resource economics. Prior to joining the Bank in 2001, she worked as a researcher for the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University, California, and at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington DC.

Paul Brenton
is Lead Economist (Trade and Regional Integration) in the Africa Region of the World Bank. His role is to lead analytical work on regional and on Africa-wide trade issues and to support Bank staff in their work in these areas. Paul also coordinates the Africa Region's activities that are supported by the Multi-Donor Trust Fund for Trade and Development. Previously he worked in the Trade Department of the Bank where his research covered issues related to trade reform with a focus on regional integration and preferential trade agreements. Paul joined the Bank in 2002, having been Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Trade Policy Unit at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels. He has a PhD in Economics from the University of East Anglia.

Charles Kunaka
is a Senior Trade Specialist in the International Trade Department. He works on trade facilitation and logistics with a focus on international trade corridors and logistics in lagging regions. He has a background in transport and has previously worked in transport in the Africa Region. Prior to joining the Bank Charles served as the transport specialist for the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Charles has post-graduate degrees in transport economics and policy.

About the Chair:

Bernard Hoekman
manages the World Bank’s international trade department. Prior positions at the World Bank include Research Manager of the trade and international integration team in the Development Research Group; manager of the trade capacity building program of the World Bank Institute; and trade economist in the Middle East/North Africa and Europe and Central Asia departments. Before joining the World Bank in 1993, he was an economist in the GATT Secretariat in Geneva (1988-93), supporting the Uruguay Round negotiations. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan and is a Research Fellow of the London-based Centre for Economic Policy Research. His most recent publication is The Political Economy of the World Trading System (Oxford University Press, 3rd edition, 2009).

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