Gender and development

Entering into Dialogue: Wikigender and Wikiprogress


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Wikigender is the OECD’s first interactive website using "wiki" technology, allowing registered users to add, edit or comment on the information provided. The site is fully dedicated to gender equality issues, with a particular focus on developing countries.


Wikiprogress is a global, open source platform for sharing information in order to evaluate societal progress. It was launched in November 2009 as a platform for OECD's Global Project on Measuring the Progress on Societies.




Wikigender: An overview

The Wikigender essentials in just over 6 minutes. 


Closely linked to the Development Centre’s current work on gender, but destined to evolve as more members of the community become involved, Wikigender fulfils a need for the “gender community” to maintain dynamic contact across the globe. For the OECD, this initiative provides the unique opportunity to reach out to new communities, to engage in a dialogue with users and to test the idea of expanding the "wiki" platform, in line with the 2007 Istanbul Declaration and the OECD’s Global Project on “Measuring the Progress of Societies. The latter led to the creation, in November 2009, of a sister wiki platform: Wikiprogress.

The Wikigender site is provided to the global community to foster the analysis of gender issues. It grew out originally of the Development Centre’s Gender Institutions and Development Data Base.


Wikigender University


Wikigender has been piloting a programme with Paris-based universities since 2010, whereby students are writing on gender equality issues and peer-reviewing each other. This was done with the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) and the American University of Paris. We are now working on extending this programme to other universities in developing countries. More information.




Wikiprogress is a place to find information and statistics to facilitate the exchange of ideas, initiatives and knowledge on “measuring the progress of societies,” with a special focus on developing countries. Like Wikigender, it uses web 2.0 technology and is open to contributions on issues related to progress.


Wikiprogress is an evolving project: Wikichild, a platform fully dedicated to child well-being, got officially established as an integral part of Wikiprogress in July 2011. Both platforms are open to all members and communities for contribution and to anyone who has an interest in the concept of “progress’’.


Wikigender has also recently started a series of articles on gender that are progress-related. The first one was on The debate on the veil in France.Keep tuned on for the next ones!


The Wikiprogress community


It consists of all organisations, initiatives and individuals interested in developing measures of progress and in measuring progress using many indicators, such as the traditional measure of GDP, but also including alternative measures such as health, freedom, happiness, education, governance, climate change, access to clean water, and others. See the full taxonomy.


Specifically, Wikiprogress is for:

  • Academics, researchers and statisticians: to find information and/or data, share knowledge and receive feedback/discussion;
  • The general public, intergovernmental organisations, non-governmental organisations, national statistics offices and independent progress initiatives: to promote their work, find information from similar organisations, collaborate on projects and network;
  • Established networks: to centralise information on a signle web platform, have work edited/discussed.

Join the dialogue!


Wikigender offers comprehensive information on the situation of women and men around the world. Accessing this resource is easy. Please click here to view two videos on how to create/edit articles and how to create/edit events. To contribute to wikigender, please sign up at


To contribute to wikiprogress and wikichild, please sign up at

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For questions related to Wikigender, please contact the Wikigender team (

For questions related to Wikiprogress, please contact the Wikiprogress team (


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