Development Banks Marginalize Women Across the Globe, Says New Report

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Projects financed by development banks, or international financial institutions (IFIs), frequently harm women’s livelihoods, health and well-being.

A 2018 protest in Manipur, India against the creation of the Mapithel Hydorelectric dam, after local indigenous communities were displaced to make room for the project without any compensation. (Water Alternatives Photo / Flickr)

Taxpayer-supported development banks—such as the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and newer Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank—are supposed to be guided by their missions to eradicate poverty, share prosperity and accelerate social progress. The reality is different.

Projects financed by development banks, or international financial institutions (IFIs), frequently harm women’s livelihoods, health and well-being, according to a recent report from IFI watchdog Gender Action,

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