Since 1994, the World Bank has recognized the important role that gender equality plays in reducing poverty levels. Studies have demonstrated that improving women’s health, education, and empowerment in the family improves a country’s economic and social development. Integrating social themes such as gender in development projects has also shown to improve project success. As a result, in 1994 the Bank began instituting policies to address gender issues in its projects.
|Evolution of the Bank’s Approach to Gender, 1997–2009|
Note: CAS = Country Assistance Strategy; GAP = Gender Action Plan; OMS = Operational Manual Statement;
OP = Operational Policy.