An April report by US NGO Gender Action compared IFIs’ gender policies, ranking the World Bank, after the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Asian Development Bank. Although the Bank’s 2012 World Development Report led to an ‘implications’ document (see Update 78), the report faults the “lack [of] an enforceable mandate to carry out these activities”. It concludes: “all IFI gender policies should incorporate the IDB’s strengths, including accounting for social barriers to project participation, such as women’s unpaid care work; adopting enforceable do-no-harm gender safeguards; and upholding men’s and women’s equal rights and economic and social wellbeing.”
It is time for the IMF and World Bank to understand their own responsibility and decolonise their approach.
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