ReCom results meeting: Aid for Gender Equality

Copenhagen, Denmark
Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 08:30 to 17:00

Gender equality and women’s empowerment are central to improved living standards, well-being, and economic growth. This has prompted donors to increase foreign aid resources for gender equality related initiatives. Yet, the actual impact of these interventions has not received much attention by donors, policy makers or academics. Therefore the key question remains: how can the goal of gender equality be achieved and facilitated through foreign aid?

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08:30-09:00   Registration
09:00-09:20   Welcome and introduction
    Charlotte Slente, State Secretary for Development Policy, Danida
Finn TarpDirector, UNU-WIDER

Amartya Sen, Professor of Economics and Philosophy, Harvard University
     - First screening of interview on the importance of gender in development

Caren Grown, Economist in Residence, American University
09:20-10:45   Introduction to gender and foreign aid: flows, allocation, big picture outcomes
Tony Addison, Chief Economist and Deputy Director, UNU-WIDER
Léonce Ndikumana, Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst
     - Aid, human capital, and gender
Kai Gehring, Research Associate, University of Heidelberg
     - Gender inequality and the allocation of aid
Mina Baliamoune-Lutz, Professor of Economics, University of North Florida
     - Aid and women’s political participation in the Middle East and North Africa

10:45-11:00   Coffee
11:00-12:15   Actors of foreign aid

Roger Williamson, Senior Research Associate, Institute for Development Studies (IDS)
Eugenia McGill, Lecturer Columbia University
     - Asian donors
Malokele Nanivazo, Research Fellow, UNU-WIDER
     - Nordic donors
Nilima Gulrajani, Senior Researcher, University College
     - Private actors

12:15-12:20   Short animation
12:20-13:15   Lunch
13:15-14:00   Aid effectiveness and gender equality - from a partner country perspective
Finn Tarp, Director, UNU-WIDER
Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, the speaker of the Jatiyo Sangshad/
Parliament of Bangladesh
Khieu Serey Vuthea, Director General of Social Development,
Ministry of Women's Affairs, Cambodia
Attiya Inayatullah, Former Ministry for Women's Development,
Population Planning, Social Welfare and Special Education, Member of Parliament, and only Women member on the National Security Council (1999-2001), Pakistan
14:00-15:15   Aid and sectoral issues
Tony Addison, Chief Economist and Deputy Director, UNU-WIDER
Jasmine Gideon, Lecturer, University of London
     - Aid in the health sector
Nathalie Holvoet, Lecturer, University of Antwerp
     - Aid in the education
Sirkku K. Hellsten, Professor, University of Dar es Salaam
     - Aid in Support of UN resolution 1325
Helle Munk Ravnborg, Senior Researcher, DIIS
     - Land administration, gender equality and development assistance: Lessons learned and challenges ahead
15:15-15:30   Coffee
15:30-16:45   Panel discussion on the future of aid and gender equality
Caren Grown, Economist in Residence, American University
Cindy Clark, Co-Executive Director, Association for Women's Rights in Devlopment
Lucia Hanmer, Lead Economist, Gender and Development, World Bank
Patti O’Neill, Co-ordinator, OECD
Carolina Wennerholm, Senior Policy Specialist on Gender Equality, Sida

16:45-17:00   Conclusion
    Speakers: Tony Addison, Chief Economist and Deputy Director, UNU-WIDER
   -   Wrap up
Finn Tarp, Director, UNU-WIDER