ODA Spending

How much ODA does Italy allocate to gender equality?

Using the OECD gender policy marker, Italy reported that 21% of its bilateral ODA in 2022, or US$407 million, supported projects that were gender equality related. This included investments in programs that named gender equality as either a significant goal or the principal goal.

Italy’s ODA for projects related to gender equality remains relatively low. Italy was the 17th largest donor to projects related to gender equality in 2022 in absolute terms and the 22nd largest donor in relative terms, compared to other members of the OECD DAC.

How is Italian gender equality ODA changing?

Despite Italy’s work toward gender equality through development, only 3%, or US$66 million, of the US$407 million spent on gender equality in 2022 was channeled toward projects that targeted gender equality as a principal goal, below the DAC average of 6%. Italy’s funding share for projects with a principal gender focus dropped following a peak 7% in 2019.

Italy spent US$341 million, or 17%, of its bilateral allocable ODA on projects that included gender as a significant objective, below the DAC average of 30%. Italy’s financing of projects and programs with gender as a significant objective increased in absolute terms from 2019-2021, but dropped in 2022 by about 20%.

US$839 million or 43% in 2022 was spent on projects that did not target gender. A total of US$719 million, or 37% of bilateral ODA in 2022, in project funding was not screened against the gender marker at all, representing a decline in screened funding from 25% in 2021. Italy's unscreened funding is more than triple the DAC average of 12%.

How does Italy allocate gender equality ODA?

Bilateral Spending

A total of US$407 million, or 21%, of Italy's total bilateral allocable ODA went to projects with gender equality either as a principal or significant goal. The share of gender-related funding has been on a consistent downward trend since 2018, when it stood at 43%.

Multilateral Spending and Commitments

Multilaterally, Italy provides funding to UNFPA and UN Women, but both represent a very small percentage of Italy's multilateral ODA.

Funding & Policy Outlook

What is the current government's outlook on gender equality ODA?

Under Italian law, gender equality and the promotion of equal opportunity are enshrined as goals of Italian development cooperation.

AICS aims to integrate gender-mainstreaming in all its programs and has set up a network of gender focal points that work to mainstream gender in project designs, monitoring, and performance evaluations.

Gender equality is a cross-cutting theme in the latest available Programming Guidelines’ for 2021-2023 but is not mentioned as a main objective.

On January 10, 2023, Italy was elected by acclamation to the Vice Presidency of the Executive Council of UN Women, the world's leading agency for women's rights within the UN system. Italy joined the Executive Board in 2022 for a two-year term. The office was assumed by Ambassador Maurizio Massari, Permanent Representative of Italy to the UN, who held the position until January 2024.

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