Gender and development


  • The Social Institutions and Gender Index Regional Report for sub-Saharan Africa

    The Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Regional Report for sub-Saharan Africa offers an in-depth analysis of the region’s progress towards gender equality. The report draws from SIGI’s 14 variables that measure gender-based discrimination in social norms, practices and laws.

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  • International Women's Day 2017 - Achieving women’s economic empowerment by 2030: From Global Commitment to Policy Solutions

    Women’s economic empowerment is widely recognised as one of the most effective means of catalysing positive social transformation in favour of gender equality with wide-ranging positive impacts for women and their communities as well as national economies. Recent studies corroborated by OECD research all come to the same conclusion: economies are more resilient, productive and inclusive when they reduce gender inequalities and actively support women’s equal participation in all spheres of life.

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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: SIGI country studies


Sharing knowledge and data

The SIGI is a cross-country measure of discriminatory social institutions, covering 160 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.


The SIGI Uganda country study was launched in Uganda in May 2015. A second country study is underway in Burkina Faso (in French). 


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.