Study finds Australia's climate and infrastructure development policy may have negative gendered effects
Researchers at the Australian National University's (ANU) DevPolicy Centre have reviewed a recent gender analysis of the Australian 2019-20 development budget produced by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) CARE and the International Women's Development Agency (IWDA). Considering funding volume, infrastructure financing, climate finance, and measuring achievements in gender equality, the study highlights the potential for large gendered effects that are not explicitly considered in the budget.
Regarding climate change and support for disaster risk management, the authors note that substantially more women than men die in natural disasters. The analysis also raises concerns about Australia’s increased infrastructure focus, because the cost of debt is often disproportionately borne by women. On the other hand, the analysis notes the potential for infrastructure to benefit women by reducing the time women spend collecting firewood and water, or enabling safer and easier travel to school, markets, and workplaces.
Australia's target that 80% of all development projects effectively address gender issues continues to be the only target not yet achieved out of ten performance measures.