The women leading the world's largest bilateral aid agencies

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    Women continue to hold fewer leadership roles than men in international development.

    A Devex analysis in 2014 on gender parity among 50 leading international NGOs showed women make up 44 percent of senior-level executives at headquarters and 27 percent in regional offices.

    Devex wondered whether this applied to the heads of bilateral aid agencies. To find out, we identified the leaders of the main implementing agencies of the 10 largest OECD-DAC bilateral donors. In instances when development cooperation falls under a country’s broader ministry of foreign affairs, Devex chose the leaders that specifically handle the international development portfolio. Also included in the list are the women leading the bilateral donors' development.

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    About the author

    • Jenny Lei Ravelo

      Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.

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