Gender Equality

Gender inequality affects girls and women throughout their life. The International Development Association (IDA) is uniquely suited to support gender equality outcomes.
Mme. Adine Ossebi is the first woman airline captain in West Africa. She became a captain in the Asky Airlines in 2015, and started taking flying lessons at 15. She hopes her example will motivate young women to pursue their goals. © Arne Hoel/World Bank
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Between 2000 and 2015, the number of people living in extreme poverty declined by a total of 802 million in the 15 countries with the highest poverty-reduction rates, according to new analysis of World Bank poverty data. In each of these countries, an average of at least 1.6% of the population moved out of extreme poverty every year. While extreme poverty remains endemic in low-income and conflict-affected countries, seven of the top 15 countries are in Africa, and two are on the World Bank Group’s Harmonized List of Fragile Situations for FY19. Read More


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