Gender and Poverty Assessments

15 April 2000

An assessment of how gender has been incorporated into six World Bank poverty assessments reveals great variation in the way that gender is treated. In none of them is there an adequate, let alone strong, analysis of gender that could form a basis for policies to assist poor women in Africa” and that “perhaps the most disappointing aspect of the review of the six case studies is that the accumulation of evidence that men and women experience poverty differently has had little influence in practice”.

The paper, Gender in the World Bank’s Poverty Assessments, Six Case Studies from Sub-Saharan Africa by Anne Whitehead and Matthew Lockwood, is available from the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development: ; fax: +41-22-917-0650; or see .