Key Corporate Targets and Indicators
The World Bank Group’s key corporate targets have been met. Further deepening and greater attention to impacts and results on the ground are needed in the period ahead.
Performance on Gender Mainstreaming
All country assistance strategies discussed in the last year were gender-informed—meaning gender has been integrated into the analysis. Some 86 percent were rated highly satisfactory, integrating gender in analysis, program content, and monitoring and evaluation.
Progress in Gender-Informed Lending
The total share of lending that was gender-informed rose from 54 percent to 98 percent between FY10 and FY13, or nearly US$31 billion in FY13. Ninety-three percent of operations in fragile and conflict-affected states were gender-informed in FY13, up from 62 percent in FY10. Twenty out of 21 operations in conflict-affected states in Africa were gender-informed in FY13.
Gender integration in lending has deepened, with around 54 percent of FY13 operations including gender-informed analysis, actions, and monitoring and evaluation, more than double the FY10 share of 20 percent. In sum, more lending operations have included follow-up actions to address identified gender disparities. This is true across all groups of clients and sectors.
Gender-based violence (GBV) is a relatively new area of strategic focus for the World Bank Group. Prior to 2012, Bank projects that addressed GBV were typically subcomponents within larger projects, or primarily financed by trust funds. Since 2012, the number of investments is rising and an increasing numbers of projects and DPLs have a GBV focus. Over the last year, 10 new projects focusing on sexual or gender-based violence and totaling almost US$19 million were approved. Going forward, the World Bank will scale up commitments on this front as part of a broader effort toward gender equality.
Economic and Legal Empowerment
Gender equality in the world of work is at the forefront of World Bank Group efforts to address inequality as a whole. A new companion to the 2013 World Development Report on Jobs, Gender at Work, highlights priority areas for action. In 2013, the Bank launched two new open databases: enGENDER IMPACT, a repository of impact evaluations with key findings gathered from Bank and partner projects; and ADePT Gender, which houses a growing volume of gender data and produces quick, standardized analytical reports including cross-country labor force statistics.
According to the IFC’s Women, Business and the Law 2014 report, 128 of 143 economies for which data were available had at least one legal difference on the books in how men and women were treated in 2013. Women are disadvantaged by five or more legal differentiations in 54 economies, half of which had 10 or more legal differences on the books. Over the last year, the World Bank Group has scaled up projects and research aimed at leveling the legal playing field.
In 2008, the World Bank launched the Adolescent Girls Initiative in eight low-income countries to promote the transition of young women from school to productive employment, reaching some 17,000 girls. The first pilot, the Economic Empowerment of Adolescent Girls and Young Women (EPAG) project in Liberia, aims to increase young women’s wage- or self-employment by training them in business development skills, job skills, and life skills. The program has led to a 47 percent increase in employment among trainees, increased average weekly income by 80 percent, and significantly increased savings among girls.
Women’s Voice, Agency and Participation
The World Development Report 2012: Gender Equality and Development recognized that expanding women's agency—their ability to make choices about their own lives and then act on them—is vital to improving the lives of women, their households, and their communities. In recognition of the need for focused attention, the World Bank Group developed a major new report on Women's Voice, Agency and Participation, released in May 2014.
The report focuses on five of the many "expressions" of agency where major challenges persist globally: freedom from violence, so that women do not experience this most basic violation of their rights; women's access to and control over land, which provides security, increases bargaining power at home and in the community and facilitates access to markets; having voice in society and influencing policies, which can advance more transformative policies and programs; freedom of movement, another precursor to women's full participation in their communities and societies; and decision making over family formation, which can impact women's and children's health, bargaining power at home and their ability to go out to work.
Umbrella Facility for Gender Equality
Established in July 2012, the Umbrella Facility for Gender Equality (UFGE) is an important catalyst for work that pushes the frontiers of gender equality and promotes smart project design by equipping policymakers and development experts with data, knowledge, and evidence. The UFGE has received generous contributions of US$45 million from 12 country donors. It now has over 50 active grants in more than 40 countries. At the country and regional level, recent highlights include:
- A new report that shines a spotlight on deep-rooted gender gaps in African agriculture, identifies factors holding back women farmers, and sets out concrete steps for policymakers to reduce inequality: “Levelling the Field: Improving Opportunities for Women Farmers in Africa”
- Piloting electronic public information points on the national Anti-domestic Violence Law in select train stations in Brazil through the Enhancing Public Management for Service Delivery in Rio de Janeiro Program.
- Road-testing skill straining interventions in Haiti and Liberia, targeting young women by applying lessons from past pilots. Seven impact evaluations are also under way to help expand the evidence base on what works for youth employment programs.
Last Updated: May 14, 2014