Balancing gender opportunities and risks: Gender impacts of the EBRD’s investments in Uzbekistan
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Report | 2 March 2022
This report analyses the gender impact of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s (EBRD) portfolio in Uzbekistan. It is based on an analysis of the documentation for nine projects and one programme which claim to promote gender equality, mainly with a focus on women’s economic empowerment. The report finds that on the one hand, the EBRD has made a clear attempt to promote gender measures and benefits for women. On the other hand, this effort is not balanced by a rights-based approach with regard to safeguarding women and vulnerable groups against potential harm, adverse impacts and gender risks. Moreover, it is not clear how the EBRD’s assessments and measures are adapted for the Uzbek context and country-level risks. The report also offers recommendations on due diligence, disclosure and stakeholder engagement, and how the Bank can better consider the Uzbek context to improve gender equality.