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By Gita Gopal

ISBN-10: 0821362178

ISBN-13: 9780821362174

ISBN-10: 0821362186

ISBN-13: 9780821362181

As a part of the Bank's poverty relief mandate, the Bank's 1994 Operational coverage on Gender Dimensions of improvement aimed to minimize gender disparity and elevate the participation of ladies within the monetary improvement in their international locations. This evaluate examines the relevance and result of this coverage.

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1 Gender Policies of Multilateral and Bilateral Donor Agencies Institution Gender-related objective Multilateral Institutions African Development Bank Greater support for functional literacy programs; eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education; infant and maternal mortality; one of two crosscutting issues in four areas of focus. Focus on women. Asian Development Bank Five strategic objectives include the improved status of women and the elimination of discrimination. In 1998, gender mainstreaming was adopted as the key strategy to promoting gender equity, but the focus remains the improvement of the status of women, with concurrence and cooperation of men.

Discussions were ongoing with the Gender Sector Board and all Regional gender coordinators. Based on this initial work, an evaluation design was formulated. Desk reviews were undertaken of all analytical and project documents, using frameworks defined for the purpose. For each project, the evaluation relied on project appraisal documents, legal agreements, supervision documents, ICRs, and any other evaluation reports available. Because the information in ICRs on gender-differentiated results varied considerably and was usually insufficient to provide a picture of outcomes,4 desk reviews were supplemented with participatory assessments in selected countries (Bangladesh, Ecuador, India, the Philippines, Poland, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and Zambia) to ascertain the perceptions of male and female beneficiaries of Bank-financed projects.

This review indicated spending, even PAs inconsistent treatment of these critical issues. For example, that included strong only one of 28 PAs reviewed in analyses barely Africa discussed gender issues mention gender in in relation to labor, and none referred to women’s nutritional their policy issues. Fourteen of the 69 PAs recommendations. referred to women’s health; 23 to education; 2 to nutrition; and 13 to labor (of which 9 were in Latin America). None of these PAs evaluated gender issues from a holistic standpoint.

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