Gender Dimensions of Investment Climate Reform

348 pages | © January 2010 IFC, World Bank | ISBN 0-8213-8095-8 | $35 | Order this publication

Gender Dimensions of Investment Climate ReformThis guide aims to provide fresh thinking to solve common issues women entrepreneurs face in the investment climate area. It presents actionable, practical, replicable, and scalable tools. Specifically, the guide seeks to enable development practitioners and policy makers who are not gender specialists to (i) diagnose gender issues in an investment climate reform area, (ii) design practical solutions and recommendations to address gender constraints, and (iii) include effective monitoring and evaluation tools to oversee the implementation of those recommendations.



Sevi Simavi is a lawyer with expertise in the areas of private and financial sector development. She currently spearheads IFC’s work on gender and investment climate, designs global projects, develops new approaches and promotes laws, policies and institutions that foster women entrepreneurs and increase their participation in the private sector. During her tenure at the World Bank Group, she initiated, developed and rolled-out IFC’s secured lending advisory product and led or contributed to over 30 research and operational projects on business regulation, commercial and insolvency law reform around the globe. Prior to joining the World Bank Group, Sevi practiced international business law. She holds law degrees from Georgetown University Law Center, Washington DC and Marmara University School of Law, Istanbul.

Clare Manuel is a UK lawyer with particular expertise in the areas of investment climate reform and private sector development in developing countries. She works with Governments to develop accessible commercial law and policy frameworks that are relevant to both foreign and local investors. Gaining her initial experience in a City of London commercial law firm, she has over twenty years experience of working at senior levels in Government - in the UK, Africa, the Caribbean and the South Pacific. As a founder and director of the Law & Development Partnership she has advised extensively on private sector development, justice and gender issues in developing countries.

Mark Blackden is an independent consultant to the World Bank Group, United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and other international institutions. Previously, he worked for more than 25 years in the World Bank, where he had wide ranging operational experience in Sub-Saharan Africa, focusing on public sector management and technical assistance programs, participatory development, design and delivery of training, and gender and development. He managed the Region’s gender program over the period 1996-2007. Mark obtained a M.Sc in International Relations from Georgetown University, and a B.A. in German and French from the University of Kent at Canterbury.


"Mainstreaming gender equity in economic terms has been high on the international agenda, yet the recent economic crisis has highlighted that financial systems, processes, and actions urgently need to change. While we reshape the financial architecture, it is imperative to ensure that greater gender equity is part of our national, regional, and global economic reforms. This book provides practical tools to change laws, institutions, policies, and actions to allow the scaling up of our goals for what by right must be women's economic status in our societies."

- Graça Machel, International Advocate for Women's Rights

"Women drive economic growth; they are the best and most efficient investment in raising the standard of living around the world. When we build their capacity, give them access to markets, and remove legal and social barriers, their communities - and their nations - thrive. Every policy maker and practitioner needs to know that women's economic participation isn't only the right thing to do; it's the smart thing to do."

- Melanne Verveer, United States Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues


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