Global Report - Gender Equality in Public Administration (GEPA)

Global Report - Gender Equality in Public Administration (GEPA)

July 24, 2017

The UNDP Global Report on Gender Equality in Public Administration (GEPA), was produced during GEPA Phase I. It reflects extensive research based on available national data, and provides analysis of the obstacles in the way of women’s equal participation and decision-making in public administration.

In addition to thirteen country case studies (Bangladesh, Botswana, Burundi, Cambodia, Colombia, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Mali, Morocco, Mexico, Romania, Somalia, Uganda), the global report was informed by a desk-based literature review, semi-structured interviews and consultations with United Nations colleagues, government counterparts and external experts.

Although developing country contexts are highlighted in this publication, some examples are also drawn from developed countries where similar challenges are faced or where innovative practices have been promoted. Similarly, while the focus is on public administration, examples and good practices from other sectors are featured when relevant. 

This report highlights examples of approaches which can work, and proposes policy and programming recommendations for further action, including specific entry points for UNDP to advance women’s equal participation in public administration.

The publication was prsented by Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator, in June 2014 at a UNDP event on Women, Excellence and Public Service in Singapore, during which she gave a lecture on "Women’s Equal Participation and Leadership in Decision-Making". 

A New York launch and panel discussion on the UNDP GEPA Global Report was organized at the United Nations, on 19 June 2014. For more information on the New York event, see our Flyer and Concept Note

Learn more about the UNDP Global Initiative on Gender Equality and Public Administration (GEPA)

Additional publications on GEPA include: 

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