Gender equality and development


  • Priorities for financing gender equality in the SDGs

    Governments from all regions of the world have placed a high priority on achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls as a central ambition of the post 2015 sustainable development agenda. Ambitious financing will be needed to turn political aspirations into a reality.

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  • Financing UN Security Council Resolution 1325

    Greater political attention at the international level has contributed to a rise in aid in support of gender equality in fragile states and economies. However, financial resources fall short of political commitments and the translation of women, peace and security commitments into progress on the ground remains a challenge.

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  • *NEW BRIEF* Making climate finance work for women

    Integrating gender equality into all climate policies and programmes is essential for ensuring that climate responses have a positive impact on the lives of both women and men. The COP21 provides a critical opportunity for DAC members to step-up their commitment to integrate gender equality in all aspects of climate action.

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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.

Financing gender equality

In 2012-2013, DAC members committed USD 26 billion on average per year to gender equality and women's rights. This represents 30% of total bilateral aid allocated by sector. See our latest analyses on aid in support of gender equality and women's rights.

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Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs

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 post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals and the outcome of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development.

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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.

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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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