Gender spending

MDG Target 3This analysis is based on the latest trends analysis of GSW data in the GSW 2015 report

MDG target 3.A is to eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education by 2005, and in all levels of education no later than 2015. However, the MDGs go much further in terms of aiming to promote equality for – and to empower – women in wage employment in the non-agricultural sector, and in the proportion of seats held by women in national parliaments. The GSW database tracks all spending by women's ministries or agencies, as being the key spending which is not covered by other sectors and aims specifically to promote women's development and empowerment.

GSW data tracks gender spending, however, we have not included gender analysis in our latest report – we did, however, include this in the GSW 2013 report pdf.

Our latest data tells us that less than 1% of spending on average across countries is specifically targeted at addressing women’s rights or tackling gender equality, and that this has not risen to any degree since the GSW 2013 report. In contrast to 2013, we have not carried out a detailed analysis of such spending for this report, as the data track only programmes executed specifically for women by gender agencies/ministries, and are very hard to link to MDG broad goals such as improvements in women’s rights or greater empowerment of women, or even more specific targets such as gender parity in education, or the number of female parliamentarians.