Gender equality and development

Gender equality and women's empowerment


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.

Aid effectiveness and gender equality

To speed up the process of meeting international development goals, we work on developing strategies for aid to promote gender equality and women's empowerment in a way that is effective and delivers results. When it comes to managing public finances, using the techniques of 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 promote gender equality.

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Women's economic empowerment

Women's economic empowerment is a prerequisite for sustainable development and for achieving the Millennium Development Goals. And economic empowerment is also a right. There is no quick fix: women's economic empowerment  takes sound public policies, a holistic approach and long-term commitment from all development actors. Donors can also increase their investment.

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Funding gender equality

In 2009-10, the aid spent by DAC members on gender equality amounted to more than USD 25 million per year. Among DAC members, Germany was the largest donor, followed by France, the United Kingdom and Japan. We publish analytical reports on aid to gender equality based on reporting from DAC members, looking at different sectors and breaking the data down by donor. 

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