In recent decades, aid donors have recognised that gender equality and women’s empowerment are central to improving living standards, well-being and economic growth. This insight has led to a fourfold increase in the flows of foreign aid toward gender equality related initiatives between 2002 and 22011, from US$6.5 to $25.5 billion. Yet, donors, policymakers and academics have paid little attention to the impact of foreign aid in promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment on broad development outcomes, or on outcomes for women, girls, men and boys.
The ReCom results meeting Aid for Gender Equality will bring together leading experts in gender issues, alongside development professionals from bilateral and multilateral donor agencies, parliamentarians from the Nordic countries, members of the international NGO community as well as policymakers from aid-supported developing countries.
The twofold goal of the results meeting is to:
ReCom – Research and Communication on Foreign Aid is a 3-year, internationally oriented research programme implemented by UNU-WIDER, with financial support from Sida and Danida. It aims to provide cutting-edge evidence about “what works”, “what could work”, “what is scalable” and “what is transferable” in the area of development cooperation, and to communicate this to the wider public. ReCom focuses on five themes: growth and employment; governance and fragility; gender equality; environment and climate change; and the social sectors. Synergies exist across these areas, and poverty reduction cuts across all five themes.
For more information, see the event page on the UNU-WIDER website.
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