Monitoring progress in the key dimensions of gender equality: endowments, opportunities and agency require collection of data across a range of topics. Below is the list of indicators being used to track countries’ performance on gender equality.
The Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Gender Statistics has recommended improving the availability of gender-relevant data on a core list of gender indicators. These are:
- Economic structures, participation in productive activities and access to resources
- Health and related services
- Public life and decision-making
- Human rights of women and girl children
At present countries collect and report data on very few of these recommended indicators. However, international efforts are underway to support countries to collect a wider range of key gender-relevant data in the future. For data availability of the core list of gender indicators, by International Development Association, (IDA) International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, click here
The 8 MDGs form a blueprint agreed to by all countries and lead development institutions, and have galvanized unprecedented efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest people. Indicators from goals 2 through 6, reported here, deal with universal education, gender equality, maternal and child health, and HIV/AIDS, and specifically address gender concerns. But gender permeates all the MDGs, and gender issues remain as relevant for halving poverty and hunger as they are for protecting the environment.
The Corporate Scorecard is designed to provide a snapshot of the Bank’s overall performance in the context of development results. It establishes a baseline value and year against which progress can be measured. Tier 1 provides overall development context and the Human Development and Gender Indicators presented here are also reported through the Bank’s World Development Indicators and Open Data, and United Nations publications.
The World Bank’s Country Policy and Institutional Assessment is done annually for all its borrowing countries. Gender equality is one of the 16 criteria included in this evaluation of a country's current policy and institutional framework.
IDA countries' development outcomes are measured by the Tier 1 indicators in IDA's results measurement system (RMS). In addition to the need to accelerate progress on MDGs in IDA countries, gender mainstreaming is identified as one of the special themes, or "frontier" issues, in the development agenda.