Development Marketplace 2018: Innovations in Addressing Gender-Based Violence

The World Bank Group and the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) awarded 11 teams from around the world with funds to support evidence-based research to help address the global pandemic of gender-based violence (GBV). Award winners shared their innovative projects, including evaluating a “walking school bus” — a group of children walking to school with one or more adults — as a school-r... view more


An introduction from World Bank President Jim Young Kim on the importance of combating gender based violence in order to achieve the World Bank twin Goals and a brief overview of the 2018 award winners; teams using innovative approaches to address the global pandemic of gender-based violence. In addition hear from IFC CEO Philippe H. Le Houérou, on the role the private sector can play in combating gender based violence.


An introduction to the 2018 award winners and presentation of awards.


Join the first part of a panel conversation on gender based violence with the 2018 award winners explaining their innovative projects and interventions.


Join the second portion of the panel conversations with the 2018 award winners exploring how their programs and interventions are combating gender based violence.

About the Presenters

Jim Yong Kim

President, World Bank Group

Jim Yong Kim, M.D., Ph.D. is the President of the World Bank Group. Soon after he became president in July 2012, the organization established two goals: ending extreme poverty by 2030 and boosting shared prosperity for the bottom 40 percent of the population in developing countries. In September 2016, the World Bank Group Board unanimously reappointed Kim to a second five-year term as president, beginning July 2017.

Kim's career has been focused on health, education, and delivering services to the poor. Before joining the World Bank, he served as President of Dartmouth College and held professorships at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. From 2003-2005, as Director of the World Health Organization's HIV/AIDS Department, he led the "3 by 5" initiative, the first-ever global goal for AIDS treatment, which helped to expand AIDS treatment in developing countries.

In 1987, Kim co-founded Partners In Health, a non-profit medical organization now working in poor communities on four continents. Trained as a physician and an anthropologist, he has received several awards, including a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship, and recognitions such as one of America's "25 Best Leaders" by U.S. News & World Report, and in 2006 TIME magazine named him as one of its "100 Most Influential People in the World."

Caren Grown

Senior Director, Gender CCSA, World Bank Group

Caren Grown is an internationally recognized expert on gender issues in development. Prior to joining the Bank, she was Economist-In-Residence and co-director of the Program on Gender Analysis in Economics at American University in Washington, DC. In 2013-2014, she led the UNU-WIDER program on aid effectiveness and gender equality. During 2011-2013, she served as Senior Gender Advisor at the US Agency for International Development (USAID), where she crafted the Agency’s Gender Equality and Female Empowerment policy and led efforts to implement it.

She has held positions at The Levy Economics Institute at Bard College, the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), and the MacArthur Foundation. She contributed to placing gender equality at the core of the MDGs as Senior Associate of Task Force 3 of the UN Millennium Project. As the longest-serving member of the External Gender Forum of the Asian Development Bank, she advised on mainstreaming, research, and results measurement.

Dr. Grown’s recent books include Taxation and Gender Equity, co-edited with Imraan Valodia (Routledge 2010), The Feminist Economics of Trade, co-edited with Irene Van Staveren, Diane Elson, and Nilufer Cagatay (Routledge 2007), and Trading Women's Health and Rights: the Role of Trade Liberalization and Development, co-edited with Elissa Braunstein and Anju Malhotra (Zed Books 2006). Her articles have appeared in World Development, Journal of International Development, Feminist Economics, Health Policy and Planning, and The Lancet.

Dr. Grown was an Associate Editor of Feminist Economics and a founding member of the International Working Group on Gender and Macroeconomics (GEM-IWG). Dr. Grown holds a PhD and MA in Economics from the New School for Social Research and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Philippe H. Le Houérou

CEO, International Finance Corporation

Philippe Le Houérou is CEO of IFC. Since joining IFC in March 2016, Mr. Le Houérou has led the organization’s efforts to create new markets in difficult environments and redefine development finance by promoting initiatives and reforms to unlock additional private investment. Mr. Le Houérou previously held leadership positions at the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

As the World Bank’s Regional Vice President for South Asia from 2013 to 2015, he designed a new regional strategy, restructured the Bank’s regional portfolio, and more than doubled new lending. Earlier, he was Regional Vice President for Europe and Central Asia, where he led the Bank’s effort to mitigate the global economic crisis’s impact on the region.

Mr. Le Houérou has held a number of other key positions at the Bank, including Vice President of Concessional Finance and Global Partnerships; Acting Vice President and Chief Information Officer; Director of Finance and Resource Mobilization; Macro-Fiscal Sector Manager; and Resident Representative in Madagascar. Prior to his arrival at IFC, Mr. Le Houérou was Vice President for Policy & Partnerships at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He holds an MBA from Columbia University and a Ph.D in Economics from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris.

Maggie Lake

Journalist, CNN Money

Maggie Lake is a CNNMoney anchor and correspondent based at CNN's New York headquarters. She anchors CNNMoney with Maggie Lake live from the New York Stock Exchange weekdays at 9am ET / 2pm BST on CNN International, and provides daily in-depth market coverage for Quest Means Business, Quest Express and other CNN International programs.Maggie Lake is a CNNMoney anchor and correspondent based at CNN's New York headquarters. She anchors CNNMoney with Maggie Lake weekdays at 9am ET / 2pm BST on CNN International.