Gender and Infrastructure in the World Bank


Ferguson, Lucy, and Sophie Harman. 2015. “Gender and Infrastructure in the World Bank.” Development Policy Review 33 (5): 653–71.

Authors: Lucy Ferguson, Sophie Harman


This article conducts a critical analysis of the World Bank’s current infrastructure strategy from a feminist perspective, arguing that failures to define gender and set meaningful targets and indicators have meant that gender has not been integrated into the implementation of infrastructure projects. It sets out three limitations to the Bank’s approach to gender and infrastructure: lack of awareness of gender in the four sectors that comprise infrastructure; the Bank’s narrow approach to gender equality and women’s empowerment; and the failure of the Bank to mainstream gender in its current infrastructure strategy.

Keywords: gender, World Bank, infrastructure, WDR 2012

Topics: Gender, Women, Infrastructure, International Financial Institutions

Year: 2015

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