Evaluating a Decade of World Bank Gender Policy: 1990-1999 by Gita Gopal

By Gita Gopal

As a part of the Bank's poverty aid mandate, the Bank's 1994 Operational coverage on Gender Dimensions of improvement aimed to minimize gender disparity and elevate the participation of girls within the financial improvement in their nations. This assessment examines the relevance and result of this coverage.

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But the scope of the policy must be clarified, if not rewritten, for it to remain relevant. 19 4 How Has the Bank Implemented Its Gender Policy? C hapter 1 described the history of the institutionalization of gender issues and policy into Bank work. Such integration into Bank assistance can only be deemed effective, however, if gender disparities are reduced and if women participate to a greater extent in economic development. 20 states that the Bank uses Poverty Assessments (PAs), Public Expenditure Reviews (PERs), and other economic and sector work (ESW) to identify and analyze relevant gender issues.

The process of preparing these reports led to a greater awareness of gender and capacity in the country, enhanced the relevance of the reports for the client, and ensured timely dissemination. How Well Does the Bank Integrate Gender into Country Assistance Strategies? Country Assistance Strategies CASs are short documents that are expected to highlight only three or four critical issues in a country. The 67 CASs 2 (including 11 Comprehensive Development Frameworks [CDFs]) were evaluated according to (i) how comprehensively they presented issues of select gender dimensions; (ii) whether or not they articulated a strategy to measure the progress of implementation using genderrelated indicators and benchmarks; and (iii) the realism of the gender strategy proposed in the context.

Project’s overall scope and 26 design. 20 requires project design to enhance women’s participation, the project should have included incentives and mechanisms at the overall project level to increase the financing of subprojects that would benefit women equally. In the remaining 60 percent of these “0” projects, gender considerations were not evident. The evaluation also examined legal agreements in the Bank’s database from the period under review. 2 shows that gender issues were poorly integrated into the agreements.

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