Gender and development


  • Discriminatory laws and social norms still hamper gender equality, says OECD Development Centre SIGI 2019

    The pace of progress on gender equality around the world remains slow, despite advances in some countries, according to the 2019 edition of the Social Institutions and Gender Index.

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  • Social Institutions and Gender Index Policy Simulator

    The SIGI Simulator allows policy makers to scope out reform options and assess their likely effects on gender equality in social institutions. It enables users to compare a specific country with a range of other selected countries.

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  • SIGI country study launched in Burkina Faso

    The second Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) country study was launched in Burkina Faso on January 11, 2018, with the support of the Austrian Development Cooperation and in partnership with the Burkinabe Ministry of Women, National Solidarity and Family and the National Institute of Statistics and Demography. SIGI country studies aim to provide a deeper understanding of how discrimination against women plays out at the sub-national level, particularly in relation to compounding factors such as urban/rural differences, socio-economic status, ethnicity and education level.

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The OECD Development Centre highlights the central role of discriminatory social norms in perpetuating gender inequalities in non-OECD countries. Work includes looking at the underlying causes of gender inequality through the Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) and engaging in a dialogue through the platform Wikigender. The Development Centre produces research linking social norms with a range of development outcomes on a regular basis as well as new research, such as migration and time use. 

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Measuring social norms: A global index


Regional analysis: SIGI Regional Reports


Country-level analysis


Sharing knowledge and data

The SIGI is a cross-country measure of discriminatory social institutions, covering 180 countries. Browse the Gender, Institutions and Development Database (GID-DB) and explore the Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) to find out more about how the underlying drivers of gender inequality shape women’s empowerment opportunities as well as national development outcomes.  

SIGI Regional Reports dive deeper into regional progress towards gender equality and analyses the impacts of remaining challenges for regional development goals. Read the Europe and Central Asia  and sub-Saharan Africa Reports.


With the SIGI Policy Simulator policy makers can test reform options and assess their likely effects on gender equality in social institutions. Find out more on the SIGI Country Studies.


Wikigender is an online platform for gender and development advocates and experts to share and exchange knowledge and data. The re-launched website is now available in English and French.