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World Bank’s Move To Focus On Women, Girls Vital To Economic Development

Huffington Post: As the World Bank Turns
Robert Walker, president of the Population Institute

“The World Bank, which for decades has been criticized has overly focused on the construction of dams and other infrastructures as the cure for poverty, is turning its focus to the real engine of economic progress in the developing world: girls and women. … There will always be a need and a role for economic infrastructure improvements, but unless the World Bank and the broader international donor community realize the ‘human capital’ potential of girls and women, the economic potential of many developing countries will remain untapped. The realization of ‘voice and agency’ for girls and women is not just a moral imperative, it’s an economic one, and the World Bank, it appears, is taking that imperative seriously” (6/25).

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