Legal Barriers to Economic Participation
Senior Fellow and Director, Women and Foreign Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations
Program Coordinator, Women, Business and the Law Project, World Bank Group
This roundtable discussion “Legal Barriers to Economic Participation” with Sarah Iqbal, director of the World Bank Group’s Women, Business, and the Law project, highlights findings from the World Bank’s fourth edition of the global Women, Business and the Law report series.
The report measures how laws, regulations, and institutions differentiate between women and men in ways that affect women’s incentives or capacity to work or to set up and run a business. It provides data on legal and regulatory barriers to women’s entrepreneurship and employment in 173 economies.
Rodger Voorhies, Director of the Financial Services for the Poor Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Christopher Blattman, Assistant Professor of political science and international affairs at Columbia University discuss how mobile finance and direct cash grants are revolutionizing global efforts to provide aid and alleviate poverty in the developing world.
Task Force Co-Chairs Mitchell E. Daniels Jr. and Thomas E. Donilon, and Task Force Project Director Thomas J. Bollyky, join Time magazine Senior Correspondent Massimo F.T. Calabresi to discuss the CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force Report on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs), which assesses the NCD crisis in developing countries and recommends practical, scalable strategies for intervention.
Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank Group, joins Mark Tercek, president and chief executive officer at the Nature Conservancy, to discuss the World Bank Group’s efforts vis-à-vis climate change and a global climate agreement in Paris in 2015.