Gender Statistics in Development Planning for Central and West Asia

Publication | July 2013

This policy brief explains why gender inequality matters for development and inclusive growth. It identifies knowledge gaps in general and with particular focus on Central and West Asia, a heterogeneous set of countries where the different dimensions of gender inequality are of particular relevance. This brief highlights examples of linking gender-based analysis and policy planning from across the world. It proposes a strategy to enhance the generation and analysis of data on gender inequalities and their impact on development outcomes.

Key issues

  • Gender statistics are crucial for developing social and economic programs that address the needs of women and men.
  • Research has demonstrated a clear negative relationship between gender inequality and overall economic and social development.
  • Valuable lessons can be learned from the experiences of other countries.
  • Partnerships between producers of official statistics, researchers, and policy makers can lead to more relevant and useful information to guide achievement of gender equality goals.


  • Why Gender Inequality Matters for Development Outcomes
  • Gender Statistics in Central and West Asia
  • Gender Gaps in Central and West Asia
  • Gender-sensitive policy making: Lessons from elsewhere
  • A Strategy for Gender Statistics in Central and West Asia
  • Conclusions
  • Sources