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

By Gita Gopal

As a part of the Bank's poverty relief mandate, the Bank's 1994 Operational coverage on Gender Dimensions of improvement aimed to minimize gender disparity and raise the participation of girls within the fiscal improvement in their international locations. This overview examines the relevance and result of this coverage.

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To assess the reliability of the WID rating system, the evaluation examined 112 project documents from 12 countries in 4 sectors to assess the extent to which gender was integrated. 1 shows that, using its own rating methodology, OED found no significant difference between its rankings and those generated by the WID rating system, with the exception of the agriculture sector. This disparity reflects the difference in country samples: the OED sample represented all Regions, whereas almost half of the gender-aware agricultural projects in the WID-rating system were in the Africa and South Asia Regions.

N. Copenhagen Where the Gender World Summit on Social Development Index Development identified the social impact of adjustment programs was calculated for a as one of its 10 main commit- country, it was ments. The assumption that all consistently lower actors are equally able to reap the benefits of improvements in a than the Human market economy is no longer a Development Index. 17 E VA L U AT I N G A D E C A D E O F W O R L D B A N K G E N D E R P O L I C Y: 1 9 9 0 – 9 9 Bank policy must consider all gender disparities relevant to sustained poverty reduction.

Given the widespread commitment to gender/WID in client countries (reflected through their accession to CEDAW and national gender/WID policies and strategies), the evaluation concluded that the Bank’s gender policy was generally consistent with country approaches. Is the Bank’s Gender Policy Appropriate to Evolving Lending, Client, and Development Paradigms? The evaluation reviewed whether the Bank’s gender policy and strategy kept pace with evolving client and development paradigms. The Bank’s lending portfolio changed in the mid-1990s.

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