Gender Diversity in the State: A Development Accelerator?

15 Dec 2017

This publication explores the impact of parity within the civil service on public administration performance. The main finding to emerge from the paper is that there is a correlation between women’s equal participation in public administration and the improvement of certain basic services (sanitation, education, electricity and healthcare). While correlation does not necessarily mean causality, this is a significant finding that highlights the importance of women’s public service participation and leadership for improved development outcomes, including a more effective and responsive government.

The research was led by UNDP and McKinsey & Company and builds on the landmark McKinsey report: The Power of Parity.

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