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The World Bank Gender Strategy (2016-23) laid out three strategic objectives, all of which can be furthered by ICT (Information and Communication Technology):

  • Improving human endowment;
  • Broadening economic opportunities;
  • Enhancing women’s voice and agency.

There are unlimited opportunities for women to use ICT in order to benefit from participating in digital economy. The digital inclusion of women can catalyze development by empowering them to pursue new professions, access critical government and private services, and become more informed citizens. However, regional and global research indicate a persistent gender gap in access to, and adoption and use of ICT tools which could prevent them from reaping digital dividends – in turn hindering their economic as well as political empowerment. Women experience lower literacy rates than men, affecting their use of the Internet and their access to education and services.

This Toolkit highlights the likely barriers that women face in owning, accessing, and benefiting from digital sector interventions implemented by the World Bank. It also identifies opportunities for using ICT to empower women. It then goes on to suggest a set of actions, drawing from existing examples and good practices, that have the potential to address these barriers.

The Toolkit can assist task teams at different stages of the project cycle. The design seeks to ensure that Task Team Leaders (TTLs) do not have to go through the entire document to mainstream gender into their daily operations. Instead there are embedded hyperlinks that allow jumping to the relevant section.

The Toolkit begins with a typology of ICT interventions grouped under three headings: Digital Ecosystem; Digital Infrastructure and Connectivity; and Platforms and Services.

Section 1.1. Briefly explains the Purpose and the need for the Toolkit;
Section 1.2. Guides a reader through the Toolkit;
Section 1.3. Explains how the Toolkit can assist task teams at different stages of the project cycle;
Section 1.4. Lists the limitation of the Toolkit.Read more