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World Bank sexual health investment falls short

17 February 2011

A February briefing by NGO Gender Action finds that “[reproductive health] rights are rarely acknowledged or fulfilled through IFI investment” (see Update 56). The World Bank’s Reproductive Health and Action Plan: 2010-2015, which was released in April 2010, recognises that women’s equal participation in development “is contingent on accessing essential [reproductive health] services” and commits to increase “access to contraceptives, prenatal visits, [and] educational programmes”. Gender Action writes that judged by the funding pledged in 2007, the Bank “seems unlikely to have a significant impact”.