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ADF-11 Update on the Gender Plan of Action (Background Paper)


Based on the findings of a recent assessment, the paper shows that, first, the implementation of the GPOA has positively influenced the way gender issues are addressed across the Bank. Impressive strides have been made in revising and developing new staff policies and in appointments of women to management positions. In addition, high quality gender analysis in the social sector projects (education and health) and gender analysis best practices have been demonstrated in about one-third of all Bank projects. While the adoption of gender tools has led to concerted efforts to integrate gender equality in Bank-funded interventions, its application has yet to be consistent across all priority areas, particularly in poverty reduction programmes, line of credit and infrastructure projects. Thus, although actions taken across the board indicate an encouraging trend, some challenges still remain both at Bank and RMC levels.

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