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.”
Indonesian civil society have raised concerns that the World Bank is promoting gas and supporting further coal expansion in its new Country Partnership Framework.
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