Social services


WDR Gender outline misses women’s rights

17 February 2011

In January, the Bank released an outline of the 2012 World Development Report on gender equality and development. A review by Duncan Green of NGO Oxfam is critical of the report’s largely economic understanding of gender equality. He argues that the report risks equating participation in the productive economy with recognition and respect, saying that “the institutions bit [of the report] is pretty impoverished, with precious little signs of any collective actors located between households and the state”. Washington-based NGO Gender Action and London-based NGO Bretton Woods Project set up an email list for critical civil society discussion of the process.