ECU research informs World Bank's World Development Report
Wednesday, 16 November 2011
Young Sri Lankan export processing zone worker
The World Bank's 2012 World Development Report, Gender Equality and Development has cited research conducted by ECU researchers from the School of Psychology and Social Science and the Faculty of Computing, Health and Science to inform its findings regarding women who work and specifically women in Export Processing Zones in Sri Lanka. The research cited was based on that funded by AusAID's Australian Development Research Award and the research cited refers to work by Dr Peter Hancock and Sharon Middleton who worked on an AusAID-funded gender empowerment research project. The AusAID funded research was completed in Sri Lanka between 2008 and 2011 and sampled over 2400 women who work in factories in the nation. The findings of this research were published on the Social Justice Research Centre's website and an international journal, and was 'picked up' by World Bank researchers who used it in the compiling of the 2012 World Development Report (WDR).
See note 64 and Reference List from Chapter 8 of the 2012 World Development Report (PDF).
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