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The Power of Numbers and the Role of Targets in Driving the Gender Equality Agenda

The Power of Numbers and the Role of Targets in Driving the Gender Equality Agenda

January 23, 2014

Washington, D.C.

New School University Professor Sakiko Fukuda-Parr highlights the key findings and conclusions of the Power of Numbers project, a task initiated to undertake 11 case studies of the effects of selected MDG goals/targets.

Event Details
  • When: 12:30-2 p.m. ET
  • Where: MC 4-800, World Bank Headquarters
  • CONTACT: Mame Niasse mniasse@worldbank.org

A Gender and Development Seminar Series event

Event Recording

The Millennium Development Goals established goals and target setting as central to the international development agenda. With a focus on MDG 3: Promoting Gender Equality and Empowering Women, Professor Fukuda-Parr highlights the key findings and conclusions of the Power of Numbers project, a task initiated to undertake 11 case studies of the effects of selected MDG goals/targets. In particular, she shows that while the MDG goals and targets have played an important role in mobilizing support and resources, they have also produced unintended consequences in shaping policy priorities and diverting attention from other important objectives and reshaping development thinking conceptualizing development challenges. This seminar provides the opportunity to discuss the implications of these findings for the setting of new goals and targets on gender equality and the post-2015 development agenda more generally. 

Speaker:

Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Professor, Graduate Program in International Affairs, The New School University

Discussant:
Punam Chuhan-Pole, Lead Economist, Africa Region Chief Economist Office

Chair:
Jeni Klugman, Director, Gender and Development Group, World Bank

Speaker Bios