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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Some 53% of children in low- and middle-income countries experience “learning poverty” – meaning they are unable to read and understand simple text by age 10.  To spur progress, the World Bank set a new target to cut “learning poverty” in half by 2030. Achieving this goal would require a “near tripling” of the current rate of progress and would still leave a learning poverty rate of 27%. But under a “business as usual scenario,” learning poverty would only fall to 43% by 2030, according to a new report, Ending Learning Poverty: What will it take? Read More


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