The World Economic Forum's Gender Gap Report calculates that in 134 countries for which data is available, greater gender equality generally correlates positively with higher gross national income.

Gender Gap Report 2010, World Economic Forum, cited in UN Women Strategic Plan 2011-2013

Providing girls with an extra year of schooling increases their wages by 10-20% and women with more years of schooling have better maternal health, fewer and healthier children and greater economic opportunities.

Progress of the World's women 2009

Agricultural outputs in many Sub Saharan Africa countries could increase by up to 20% if women’s access to agricultural inputs was equal to men's

Despite agriculture being the most common source of work for rural women in most developing regions, just 20 percent of landholders in developing countries are women, and their landholdings are smaller than those of men.

FAO 2010 The State of Food and Agriculture 2010-2011

Globally, 53 percent of women work in vulnerable employment, with a rise to 80 percent in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Of the 215 million international migrants in 2010, half are women – the bulk concentrated in the unprotected informal manufacturing and service sector

World Migration Report 2010, International Organization for Migration

In sub-Saharan Africa, the lack of universal access to water means that women spend 40 billion hours a year collecting water – the equivalent of a year's worth of labour by the entire workforce of France

Progress of the World's Women 2009

Good practices


Principle: Alignment and managing for results

In Morocco, efforts have been made since 2002 to integrate gender equality concerns into planning and budgeting instruments and processes as part of the Public Finance Management Systems and Public Administration Reform. Morocco's efforts to institutionalize GRB through a comprehensive capacity development approach spanning the creation of an enabling environment, the strengthening of institutional capabilities and individual skills and competencies for GRB work. The experience of Morocco is a good practice of how country-led capacity development efforts can position gender equality as an integral component of efforts towards achieving equitable development results. These efforts are aligned with the Paris Declaration principles of ownership, alignment and management for development results. For 3 consecutive years since 2007, the budget guidelines issued by the Prime Minister have included recommendations in relation to addressing gender equality concerns through sectoral plans and budgets. A Gender Report is annexed to the annual budget where sector ministries report on their performance with regard to gender-sensitive indicators (5 ministries reporting in 2006 and 21 ministries reporting in 2009). Under the leadership of the Ministry of Finance (Directorate of Budget, Directorate for Studies and Financial Forecast and Directorate of Administrative and General Affairs), a comprehensive capacity development approach has evolved and has contributed to strengthening the capacity of planning and budgeting staff in the Finance Ministry and sectoral ministries. Technical resources were made available such as the Handbook for Integrating gender in Planning and Budgeting as well as a series of training workshops and coaching for planning and budget staff. The ministry of finance in Morocco has actively facilitated south-south learning with a range of countries including Senegal, Ecuador and Haiti.