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Call for Case Studies: World Bank Global Conference on Gender and Oil, Gas and Mining

The World Bank Group Global Conference on Gender and Oil, Gas and Mining: New Frontiers of Progress, Challenges and Solutions
June 26 – 27th 2018

Background
Oil, gas and mining can potentially bring significant growth and development opportunities to resource-rich countries and host communities. The gendered dynamics of asset ownership, labor, livelihoods and decision-making in resource-producing communities mean that men and women are affected in very different ways by extractive industries.

For men and women, mineral resources can provide opportunities for a better life, including increased employment, access to revenues, small and medium businesses can flourish in the associated supply chain and expanded investment in the local community. Working with and investing in women makes good business sense. For example, a growing number of companies are recruiting women in their workforce in technical positions, as they have often found women employees to have an impressive safety record and reduced maintenance of equipment. In many countries, however, women have been largely excluded from these benefits, while being at the same time disproportionately vulnerable to a range of health, social and environmental risks associated with the oil, gas and mining industry. Women, youth, indigenous people and people living in rural areas are often most remote from decision-making processes, yet often the most affected by large-scale resource operations. Women’s exclusion from decision-making processes profoundly affects the ability of policymakers, development partners and industry to assess and manage/mitigate the impact of resource operations on communities2.

In December 2015, the World Bank Group (WBG) launched its Gender Strategy outlining the support that the WBG would provide to clients during FY16-FY23 to achieve greater gender equality. The Strategy’s priorities areas for engagement over the next three years to close gender equality gaps. These are to: (i) improve human endowments: education, health, and social protection; (ii) remove constraints for more and better jobs; (iii) remove barriers to ownership and control of productive assets; (iv) and enhance women’s voice and agency and engage men and boys. To achieve meaningful progress in meeting these priorities, the World Bank Group is interested to know more about what other organizations and practitioners are doing in this space, and learn from each other’s experiences.

Objectives of the Conference
The main objective of the conference is to share and build knowledge among practitioners and scholars
working in the gender and oil, gas and mining space. Particularly, the conference will:

  • Provide a platform on knowledge sharing and development on project implementation and
    innovative approaches on addressing gender and oil, gas and mining.
  • Discuss the progress made by various stakeholders so far in attaining inclusive oil, gas and
    mining sectors, assessing gender gaps, identifying remaining challenges and existing
    opportunities for addressing these.
  • Propose ways and means of further collaboration to attain greater integration of gender equality in
    the oil, gas and mining sector.

Call for Papers and Presentations
To that end, the World Bank Group is issuing a call for case studies from interested stakeholders. Case
studies may take the form of full papers or may simply be power point presentations and may include visual
media. The case studies should discuss innovative ways in which gender is being addressed in the oil, gas
and mining sector. Possible topics include the impact of gender dimensions of oil, gas and mining
activities/operations and benefits on:

  • Human endowments in education, health, and social protection.
  • Employment, entrepreneurship and jobs-creation
  • Ownership and control of productive assets such as land, finance and capital and technology
  • Voice and agency in service delivery, and gender-based violence

The case studies can be prepared to cover one or more pillars. The case study should identify and discuss
the challenges, the opportunities and interventions, and the lessons learned.

Those interested should submit a 500-word abstract by January 31st 2018 to wbextractives@worldbank.org. The Organizing Committee will evaluate all submissions in terms of
originality and relevance. Authors of accepted submissions will be contacted by February 29th 2018, at
which time they will be invited to send a full paper or a detailed presentation no later than one month prior
to the conference. For those who are submitting full papers, a special issue on Gender and Mining has been
secured with the Extractive Industries and Society journal. All successful papers will be given the
opportunity to publish their paper in this special issue.

A small amount of funding will be made available to support travel and subsistence costs for some
participants. This will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Additional information on the overall
conference program will follow over the coming months. All questions in relation to this call for case
studies can be directed to wbextractives@worldbank.org. (Download the full call for case studies here.)

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Comment by Jack Pegram on January 4, 2018 at 19:48

Where will this be held?

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