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Stephanie Seguino, Ganseli Berik, Yana Van Der Meulen Rodgers
This paper identifies the linkages between gender equality and financing for development, with an eye to connecting these results to concrete policy implications that can be adopted by developing countries to ensure a win-win outcome: greater gender equality, resource mobilization, and improvements in societal well-being. Under the conditions of financial resource constraints, especially, investing in the improvement of gender equality in a country can stimulate economic growth for the whole society. A blind pursuit of neoliberal policies, privileging an export-led growth strategy over any other economic strategy, and making use of cheap female labor in export industries, is not the means to achieve economic and social development for the long run.