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Publication / 30 June 2017

International Financial Institutions and Gender Equality: a contradiction in terms?

Can International Financial Institutions play a role in achieving gender equality? Despite their claims to this effect, to date the evidence is thin at best. The decision by the World Bank to hand over responsibility for monitoring gender and environmental safeguards to oppressive governments, makes a positive contribution to women’s empowerment even more unlikely. This 4-pager aims to show how IFI policies could support and promote gender equality in practice.

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