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Fragile States, Gender Equality and Aid Effectiveness: A Review of Donor Perspectives

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Fragile States, Gender Equality and Aid Effectiveness: A Review of Donor Perspectives

Published: August 11, 2005

This report  studies emerging policy on state fragility in six agencies/bodies: AusAID, DFID, the OECD DAC, selected UN agencies, USAID and the World Bank. Most of these agencies/bodies are leaders in the community of donors working on fragile states, and all have strong policies on gender equality. Yet this paper finds that donors are only beginning to bring their considerable learning about gender equality into their emerging work on fragile states. Where donors do address gender equality, the tendency is to focus on minimalist priorities – like promoting gender equity in service delivery and providing basic education to women and girls– rather than embedding gender equality in broader and more comprehensive human rights and good governance theory and practice.

Author: Stephen Baranyi and Kristiana Powell

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