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Action Plan: The New 'Smarties' of the World Bank

Competitive women

“Forget China, India and the internet: economic growth is driven by women“. Under this quote from “The Economist”, the World Bank presents its new gender action plan for the fiscal year 2007-10 and thereby anticipates the key objective of its women and gender policy: growth. The political message for women is: we will improve market opportunities so that you, women, can compete efficiently. A critique by Christa Wichterich.


Smartly entitles the World Bank its gender action plan: “Gender Equality as Smart Economics”. In doing so, the Bank continues to follow its central lines of argumentation and its 30 years old motivation: In 1975, the Bank aimed at integrating women as “under-utilised human resources…into development” in order to promote productivity, efficiency and growth and consequently, reduce poverty. In 2006, the Bank wants to support the “economic empowerment” of women „in order to promote shared growth and accelerate the implementation of MDG 3“ ...

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Posted: 14 December 2006

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