In Focus: Gender and Development

Gender equity is a driver of change for achieving inclusive and sustainable development.


Although the economies of Asia and the Pacific have grown rapidly, many women still suffer from inequality in income and living standards. The ongoing global economic crisis will worsen the situation unless appropriate policy measures are put in place.


ADB's long-term strategic framework for 2008-2020 (Strategy 2020) supports policy and programs that promote gender equity.


ADB promotes gender equity through our operations. At least 40% of all sovereign investment projects will have notable gender mainstreaming elements by 2012.