The World Bank

World Bank
1818 H Street, NW Washington, DC 20433 USA


The World Bank concentrates on building a climate for investment, jobs and sustainable growth so that economies will grow. It invests in and empowers poor people to participate in development in order to alleviate poverty. The Bank’s gender and development policy is to assist Member Countries to reduce poverty and enhance economic growth, human well-being, and development effectiveness by addressing the gender issues that create barriers to development.

Areas of Focus

The social and economic costs of violence against women; components in financed projects that address the immediate needs of battered women and their children, social and legal services to help women with issues such as domestic violence, sexual violence against children, and child support.


World Bank. 2005. Report on the Outcomes of the Workshop “The Development Implications of Gender-Based Violence”. Washington, D.C.

World Bank. 2007. Crime, violence, and development : trends, costs, and policy options in the Caribbean. Joint Report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the Latin America and the Caribbean Region of the World Bank, Report No. 37820, March 2007, Washington D.C.