Gender and development


  • Launch of the SIGI 2019 Global Report

    The forthcoming Social Institutions and Gender Index Global Report 2019 shows that challenging discriminatory social institutions that hinder gender equality requires reforming laws and policies in every society. 

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  • Launch of the SIGI Regional report on Eurasia

    The report which covers 12 Eurasian countries - Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Republic of Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan- shows encouraging progress. New legislation has enhanced equality and abolished discriminatory laws. The SIGI results indicate that the overall Eurasian level of discrimination in social institutions is 24%, ranging from 21% in Eastern Europe to 27% in Caucasus, compared with 29% at the global level.

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  • Social Institutions and Gender Index Policy Simulator

    The SIGI Simulator allows policy makers to scope out reform options and assess their likely effects on gender equality in social institutions. It enables users to compare a specific country with a range of other selected countries.

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The OECD Development Centre highlights the central role of discriminatory social norms in perpetuating gender inequalities in non-OECD countries. Work includes looking at the underlying causes of gender inequality through the Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) and engaging in a dialogue through the platform Wikigender. The Development Centre produces research linking social norms with a range of development outcomes on a regular basis as well as new research, such as migration and time use. 

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Measuring social norms: A global index


Regional analysis: SIGI Regional Reports


Country-level analysis


Sharing knowledge and data

The SIGI is a cross-country measure of discriminatory social institutions, covering 180 countries. Browse the Gender, Institutions and Development Database (GID-DB) and explore the Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) to find out more about how the underlying drivers of gender inequality shape women’s empowerment opportunities as well as national development outcomes.  

SIGI Regional Reports dive deeper into regional progress towards gender equality and analyses the impacts of remaining challenges for regional development goals. Read the Eurasia and the sub-Saharan Africa Reports.


With the SIGI Policy Simulator policy makers can test reform options and assess their likely effects on gender equality in social institutions. Find out more on the SIGI Country Studies.


Wikigender is an online platform for gender and development advocates and experts to share and exchange knowledge and data. The re-launched website is now available in English, French and Spanish.