Washington, D.C., March 1, 2018—Ride-hailing
apps boost women’s income and ease their entry into the transportation
industry—from which they have traditionally been shut out, according to
a report by IFC, a sister organization of the World Bank and member of
the World Bank Group.
The report, Driving
Toward Equality: Women, Ride-Hailing, and the Sharing Economy,
also shows how ride-hailing helps fill a transportation gap for women as
riders—it improves their ability to travel to places that were previously
inaccessible to them and provides women with mobility and greater sense
The findings also highlight how security concerns as well as economic and
cultural barriers prevent women from fully participating in the ride-hailing
industry. The report provides recommendations that the industry and other
stakeholders can use to craft new policies to bring about gender parity
in the industry. For example, if ride-hailing companies recruit additional
female drivers, it could create a virtuous cycle by attracting more female
The results of the study come at a time when new technologies and business
models, such as the sharing economy, are opening alternative pathways to
economic growth in emerging markets, offering opportunities to reshape
lives while improving economies.
“The findings have significant implications for companies across the sharing
economy that desire to better include, retain, and serve women,” says
Stephanie von Friedeburg, Chief Operating Officer, IFC. “IFC calls upon
companies in this space to gather and analyze gender-specific data, design
platforms to better meet women’s needs, and develop best practices to
reduce the economic disparities between women and men.”
The report explores how women and men participate in ride-hailing across
six diverse economies: the Arab Republic of Egypt, India, Indonesia, Mexico,
South Africa, and the United Kingdom. The report uses data from the ride-hailing
company Uber Technologies Inc., surveys of more than 11,000 female and
male users of the Uber app, and interviews with experts on gender, transportation,
and the future of work.
Women drivers reported a higher income boost than men after taking up ride-hailing
the average income of women drivers once they began using the Uber app
increased across each market studied, ranging from an 11 percent boost
in Mexico to 29 percent in Egypt.
IFC’s work with ride-sharing companies is part of its efforts to use the
power of evolving technologies and business models to create opportunities
for all—ensuring that both women and men can participate equally in these
new economic opportunities.
IFC—a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank
Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private
sector in emerging markets. We work with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide,
using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities
in the toughest areas of the world. In FY17, we delivered a record $19.3
billion in long-term financing for developing countries, leveraging the
power of the private sector to help end poverty and boost shared prosperity.
For more information, visit www.ifc.org