Universalia was contracted to carry out an external final evaluation of the GAP. The World Bank Group’s (WBG) Gender Action Plan “Gender Equality as Smart Economics” (GAP) was launched in January 2007. The GAP’s main objective is to expand women’s economic opportunities by mainstreaming gender in the WBG’s activities. The GAP represented a commitment by the World Bank to intensify gender equality, focusing on labor, land and agriculture, private sector development and finance, and infrastructure markets. The assignment evaluated the framework, strategies and processes used to implement the GAP; assessed its impact in terms of: 1. mainstreaming gender in the Bank’s analytical and operational work in the economic sector and changing the way the Bank does business; 2. building the evidence base for women’s economic empowerment; and 3. influencing the global development dialogue and creating global partnerships for women’s economic empowerment.