The Umbrella Facility for Gender Equality (UFGE) is a multi-donor trust fund dedicated to strengthening awareness, knowledge, and capacity for gender-informed policy-making. It invests in priority areas critical to closing gaps between what we know and what we do to advance gender equality. The 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 is closely aligned with the World Bank Group’s strategy for gender equality and regional priorities and currently supports more than 150 activities in more than 80 countries.
The UFGE supports World Bank and IFC projects and is managed by the World Bank’s Gender & Development Group. Since its launch in 2012, the UFGE has received generous contributions from Australia, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States.
The World Bank’s Gender Trust Fund (GENTF) Program provides critical, complementary resources to support strategic and innovative work on gender equality. The trust funds managed under this program have emerged in response to various global and institutional needs and opportunities.
The UFGE makes available all of its supported new research and evidence as it becomes public. This includes working papers, reports, and knowledge briefs.
Economic Opportunities for Women
The care economy and work-life policies
Women in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Women’s ownership and control of assets (such as land and finance)
The Africa Gender Innovation Lab focuses largely on women’s economic opportunities. Its impact evaluation findings can be found in policy briefs, research working papers and synthesis papers.
Women’s Voice and Agency
Endowments (Health and Education)
Tools to Understand Social Issues in Energy Tariff and Subsidy Reforms: New toolkit aims to help task teams working on energy subsidy and tariff reforms to develop qualitative analysis tools.
New Data from Bolivia (Spanish): Discrimination and Social Exclusion from the Perception of Women (2013-2014) studies the perceptions of Bolivian women on issues of sexual and reproductive rights, education, economy, violence and discrimination.
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In close collaboration with project teams, the World Bank's Africa Gender Innovation Lab designs, launches, and oversees impact evaluations of new interventions to generate knowledge on which policies work for closing gender gaps in the economic sectors.
The World Bank's East Asia and Pacific Gender Innovation Lab enables project teams and policymakers to better integrate an evidence-based gender perspective into programs and policies.
The South Asia Region Gender Innovation Lab was set up in 2014 to expand evidence on “what works” towards addressing key gender challenges and reducing gender inequalities in the region. The impact objective of the GIL is to help empower women and girls by identifying innovative approaches to measure and address gender gaps across South Asia through the development, testing, and use of robust diagnostic tools.
The Latin America and the Caribbean Gender Innovation Lab supports rigorous impact evaluations of gender-informed policies and programs by providing technical support and funding for design, data collection, and implementation.