Aid to fragile states and economies targeting gender equality


March 2015 - In October 2015, it will be 15 years since the adoption of the landmark United Nations Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. While greater political attention at the international level has contributed to an increased focus on gender equality in donor support to fragile states(2), only a small proportion of aid to fragile states addresses women’s needs and priorities. In 2012-13, only 6% of all aid to fragile states targeted gender equality as the main objective. 

Despite large investments in the economic and productive sectors in fragile states – amounting to USD 2.8 billion per year in 2012-13 – only USD 439 million targeted gender equality as a principal objective. There is also a strikingly low priority placed on gender equality in the peace and security sector. In 2012-13, out of USD 1.9 billion pledged to peace and security programming in fragile states, just USD 40 million focused on gender equality as a principal objective. The 2015 review of the implementation of resolution 1325 constitutes a major opportunity to close the financing gaps and to leverage more investments for the women, peace and security agenda.

Proportion of aid to fragile states and economies(1) targeting gender equality, by main sector
2012-13 average commitments, 2012 prices


Further reading

Gender equality and development



1. Fragile states and economies, herein after referred to as “fragile states”, designate the 50 countries and territories included in the 2015 Fragile States List. This list is produced by combining the World Bank/Asian Development Bank/African Development Bank Harmonized List of Fragile Situations, with countries scoring 90 or above on the Fragile States Index of the Fund for Peace.

2. This document and any map included herein are without prejudice to the status of or sovereignty over any territory, to the delimitation of international frontiers and boundaries and to the name of any territory, city or area.


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