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Highlights from the WBRO Special Issue on Gender Equality and Development
April 30, 2013Washington, D.C.

This event highlights the knowledge and research published in the World Bank Research Observer Special Issue on Gender Equality and Development.

A Gender and Development Seminar Series Event

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View Cheryl Doss Presentation
View Mayra Buvinic Presentation

The World Development Report 2012 identified a number of frontier topics in need of further research. This seminar takes on that mandate by disseminating knowledge and research recently published in the WBRO Special Issue on Gender Equality and Development. Research presented highlights empirical findings about intra-household bargaining and resource allocation, and gender and conflict.


Cheryl Doss,
Director of Graduate Studies M.A. Program in International Relations, Yale University, on "Intrahousehold Bargaining and Resource Allocation in Developing Countries"

Cheryl Doss is a Senior Lecturer in Global Affairs and Economics at Yale.  She has an MA in International Relations from Yale and a Ph.D. in Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota.   She has published extensively on intra-household decision-making, technology adoption, gender issues in agricultural development, risk among pastoralist households in Kenya and Ethiopia, and the gender asset and wealth gaps. She is one of the leaders of the Gender Asset Gap Project, which was designed to demonstrate that it is both feasible and important to collect individual level asset data in household surveys. She has worked with numerous international organizations on issues around rural development and data collection, including the World Bank, the International Food Policy Research Institute, UNDP, and the African Development Bank, among others.   

Mayra Buvinic, Senior Fellow, United Nations Foundation and Vital Voices, on "Violent Conflict and Gender Inequality"

Mayra Buvinic, an internationally recognized expert on gender and development and social development, is a Senior Fellow both with the UN Foundation and Vital Voices. Between 2005 and 2011, she was Director for Gender and Development at the World Bank; before joining the Bank, she worked at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) where she headed the Social Development Division and advised the IDB on violence prevention (1996-2005). Prior to that, she was founding member and President of the International Center for Research on Women (1978-1996). She has written extensively on gender and development and gender and poverty issues; violence reduction and violence prevention; and social development and social inclusion, the latter with a particular focus on Latin America and the Caribbean. She has a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Emmanuel JimenezDirector, Independent Evaluation Group (IEGPS), and Editor, World Bank Research Observer

Emmanuel Jimenez, from the Philippines, is Director of Public Sector Evaluations at the World Bank Group’s Independent Evaluation Group. Prior to this position, he was Sector Director, Human Development, in the World Bank’s Asia Regions, where he was responsible for managing operational staff working on education and health issues.  Before that he was in the Bank’s global corporate units, where he managed staff and engaged in research on a variety of issues, including education and health finance, the private provision of social services, the economics of transfer programs and urban development.  He also led the core team that prepared The World Development Report 2007: Development and the Next Generation.  Before joining the World Bank, Mr. Jimenez was on the faculty of the economics department at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada.  He holds a B.A. (Hons) from McGill University, a Ph.D. from Brown University and currently serves as vice-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Population Growth.  He is also editor of the journal, The World Bank Research Observer.


Ana Revenga, Sector Director, Human Development (ECSHD), ECA Region, World Bank

Ana Revenga, a dual Spanish/American citizen, is the Director of Human Development for the Europe and Central Asia Region at the World Bank. Previously the Director of the Poverty Reduction and Equity (PREM) Group at the World Bank, Ms. Revenga was the principal spokesperson for the Bank on these issues from 2008 to 2011. She was most recently the Co-Director of the 2012 World Development Report on Gender Equality and Development. In her 20-year career at the World Bank, she has held both technical and management positions in the East Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Central Asia, and Latin America and Caribbean regions. Prior to joining the World Bank, Ms. Revenga worked at the Central Bank of Spain and taught labor and international economics at the Centro de Estudios Monetarios and Financieros. She has published extensively on poverty, jobs, trade, equity, food security, and human development issues, and has worked across a broad spectrum of low, middle and high income countries in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America. She was one of the authors of the 1995 World Development Report (Workers in an Integrating World) and contributed to the 2006 World Development Report (Equity and Development). Ms. Revenga has an M.A. and a PhD in Economics from Harvard University, and a degree in Human Rights from the Law Faculty, at the University of Geneva.

Event Details
  • When: 12:30 - 1:45 pm
  • Where: MC2-800, World Bank Headquarters
  • CONTACT: Mame Niasse
  • mniasse@worldbank.org