New OPHI Working Paper examines gender issues in Burkina Faso and Togo

OPHI Working Paper 64, ‘Gender Inequality in Multidimensional Welfare Deprivation in West Africa: The Case of Burkina Faso and Togo’, by Akoété Ega Agbodji, Yélé Maweki Batana and Dénis Ouedraogo, employs a counting approach to examine gender issues in Burkina Faso and Togo using household surveys.

The paper analyses six dimensions recognised as Millennium Development Goal targets to show that, overall, individuals are most deprived in education in Burkina Faso, while the reverse situation is true in Togo. Gender inequality is observed in both situations which are also marked by regional disparities. While employment proves to be the main contributor to gender inequality in Burkina Faso, three dimensions (assets, access to credit and employment) together account for most of the total contribution to gender inequality in Togo.

A version of Working Paper 64 was published as a World Bank Policy Research Working Paper. You can read the OPHI Working Paper here and the World Bank Policy Research Working Paper here.