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World Bank PRSP (Poverty Reduction Strategy Planning) Sourcebook (Gender Chapter)

Author: M. Bamberger, M. Blackden, L. Fort
Publisher: World Bank
Publication Date: Jan 2000
Poverty is experienced differently by men and women, yet women's specific needs are often marginalised by conventional methods of poverty analysis and participatory planning, and are frequently overlooked in the design of poverty reduction strategies (PRSs). Yet evidence is growing that gender-sensitive development strategies contribute significantly to economic growth as well as to equity goals. It is thus essential to integrate gender analysis into poverty diagnosis and to ensure that participatory consultation and planning processes are specifically designed to give voice to all sectors of society?women and men as well as different age, ethnic, and cultural groups. This Gender Chapter of the World Bank's Poverty Reduction Strategy Planning (PRSP) Sourcebook is designed to guide those involved in designing poverty reduction strategies (PRS) at the country level in identifying and implementing policies and programmes that will benefit both men and women, and maximise potential benefits for poor families. It is divided into four sections, described below, and eight technical notes. 1) Integrating Gender into the PRS Processes. 2) Integrating Gender into Poverty Diagnosis. 3) Defining the Policy Implications of Gender Analysis for the PRS Section. 4) Gender Analysis for Monitoring and Evaluation.