Gender equality and development


  • Tracking the money for women's economic empowerment

    The promises of the 2030 Agenda cannot be realised without bringing gender equality to the centre of economic development. This will require a major step‑change in political will as well as targeted actions and resources. This new publication provides an overview of ODA going to women’s economic empowerment and identifies key trends, financing gaps and priority areas for improving donor support in this area.

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  • Donor support to southern women’s rights organisations: OECD findings

    The case for investing in women’s rights organisations is firmly established. This report seeks to shed light on how this can best be done. It reviews how DAC donors are partnering with southern women’s rights organisations and identifies promising approaches, models and mechanisms.

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  • Gender inequality, conflict and fragility

    Gender inequality, conflict and fragility are key challenges to sustainable development. They are inextricably linked: unequal gender relations can drive conflict and violence, while women’s active participation contributes to peace and resilience.

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The DAC Network on Gender Equality (GENDERNET) is the only international forum where experts from development co-operation agencies meet to define common approaches in support of gender equality and women's rights.

Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda

The GENDERNET has a successful track record of influencing global processes to advance gender equality and women's rights. Its most recent achievements include its influence on the Sustainable Development Goals and the outcome of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development.


The DAC gender equality policy marker

The OECD tracks aid in support of gender equality and women’s rights using the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) gender equality policy marker. By identifying gaps between policy commitments and financial commitments, the marker strengthens transparency and accountability in donor financing for gender equality and women’s rights.


Financing gender equality

In 2015-2016, DAC members committed USD 41.4 billion on average per year to gender equality and women's rights. This represents 40% of total bilateral aid allocated by sector. See our latest analyses on aid in support of gender equality and women's rights.


Development effectiveness and gender equality

We develop strategies for effective and result-driven aid dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment. Techniques for gender-responsive public financial management can both strengthen gender equality and enhance economic growth. Our series of briefs delve into the what, why, where and how of making the most of aid to strengthen gender equality.



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