Female truck drivers for gender equality?

Devex reporter Adva Saldinger interviews IDB’s Julie Katzman.

Sometimes new opportunities for gender equality are right in front of us, but we just miss them.

Julie Katzman, executive vice president and COO of the Inter-American Development Bank, believes gender mainstreaming in international development is all about innovative ways of finding opportunities to promote the goal within projects that are not necessarily focused on women’s empowerment, like building a road or a dam.

For instance truck drivers, she said in a video interview with Devex, are mostly male — so why not favor contractors that employ female drivers to advance equality in society?

Check out the above clip for more insights from Katzman on gender mainstreaming in development.

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She Builds is a month-long conversation hosted by Devex in partnership with Chemonics, Creative Associates, JBS International, the Millennium Challenge Corp., United Nations Office for Project Services and U.K. Department for International

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    Adva Saldinger

    Adva Saldinger is an Associate Editor at Devex, where she covers the intersection of business and international development, as well as U.S. foreign aid policy. From partnerships to trade and social entrepreneurship to impact investing, Adva explores the role the private sector and private capital play in development. A journalist with more than 10 years of experience, she has worked at several newspapers in the U.S. and lived in both Ghana and South Africa.