Editors from the Harvard Educational Review interviewed Geeta Rao Gupta,president of the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), in 2006. ICRW's mission is to empower women, advance gender equality, and fight poverty in the developing world. To accomplish this, ICRW works with partners to conduct empirical research, build capacity, and advocate for evidence-based, practical ways to change policies and programs. As part of the United Nations Millennium Project, Rao Gupta cochaired the Task Force on Education and Gender Equality, which authored a volume entitled, Taking Action: Achieving Gender Equality and Empowering Women (2005). A world-renowned expert on women and HIV/AIDS, Rao Gupta has been recognized for her ongoing commitment to educating policymakers on gender equality issues in health care, education, and human rights and for her outstanding research, advocacy, and activism on behalf of women and girls worldwide.

The term "developing country" conjures disparate images and definitions. Since your work is with developing countries, could you please frame this term for our audience?What makes developing countries distinctively different from a "developed country"?

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