2017 Expert Group Meeting

  • Publish Date: Mar 29, 2017

UN Women, in collaboration with the OECD and UNDP, convened an expert meeting on gender responsive budgeting in New York on 27-28 March 2017. Bringing together national governments, academics, multilateral organizations and civil society, the meeting, informed by a discussion paper by Diane Elson, proposed a refined methodology for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Indicator 5.c.1 and agreed the main components of the survey instrument.

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GRB Course - UN Women Training Centre

  • Publish Date: Feb 16, 2017

Based on UN Women's experience supporting the implementation of Gender-Responsive Budgeting, the UN Women Training Centre located in Santo Domingo has developed courses on Gender-Responsive Budgeting for basic, intermediate and advanced participants in three languages, i.e. English, Spanish and French.

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Financing for gender equality is critical for the implementation of the new development agenda.

  • Publish Date: Jun 03, 2015
  • Expiry Date: Jun 05, 2015

Making gender equality and women’s empowerment a reality requires dedicated and consistent funding. Highlighting the key role that financing for gender equality will have for the future global development agenda, UN Women, in collaboration with the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITC-ILO) and the European Commission (EC) convened a global workshop entitled “Increasing Financing for Gender Equality: Lessons Learned and the Way Forward,” from 3-5 June 2015 in Brussels, Belgium.

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Transformative financing for gender equality and women’s empowerment: Expectations from the Financing for Development process, 16 April New York

On the margins of the Second Drafting Session on the outcome document of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD), a joint side event was organized by UN Women in collaboration with the Swedish Government, OECD and Women's Working Group on the FfD. The Second Drafting Session, which took place in New York from 13 to 17 April, 2015 provided an opportunity to the delegations to provide their views on a Zero Draft outcome document prepared after the deliberations of the First Drafting Session earlier this year. The side event gathered key actors, including from government ministries, international financial institutions and the United Nations, testifying to the significant practical experiences as well as advances seen and gaps remaining in means and mechanisms ensuring gender equality and women’s empowerment.

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First Drafting Session of the Outcome Document of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development 28-30 January

In preparation for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, the first drafting session to prepare the outcome document was held in New York from 28-30 January 2015. The session provided an opportunity for the governments, multilateral organizations, civil society, private sector and other stakeholders to exchange ideas and discuss proposals for the draft outcome document of the Addis meeting. A paper outlining indicative elements and key policy ideas was prepared ahead of the session, which provided basis for the discussion.

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Preparations for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 13-16 July 2015)

The third International Conference on Financing for Development will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 13 to 16 July 2015. The meeting will bring together Heads of State, Ministers of Finance, Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation, as well as non-governmental organizations and business and private sector representatives. The Conference is expected to result in an intergovernmental negotiation and an agreed outcome, which will contribute to efforts on the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda.

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Gender Equality Community of Practice (CoP) of Finance Ministers

UN Women and the World Bank launched the global initiative, Gender Equality Community of Practice (CoP) of Finance Ministers in Spring 2014 at the Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group/International Monetary Fund. The initiative was first proposed by Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, during the October 2013 Annual Meetings. The CoP aims to promote financing for gender equality and make national budgets more effective in supporting women’s and girl’s opportunities. The CoP promotes learning and exchange by supporting innovative approaches led by the ministries of finance.

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Engagement of the CSOs in the FfD process

  FINANCING FOR DEVELOPMENT (FfD) WHAT’S AT STAKE FOR GENDER EQUALITY   V oice, P articipation and C o ntributions of civil society organizations and the women’s movement within Financing for Development (FfD) discussions MUST increase at all levels!!!   WHAT is Financing for Development really about? The (re) distribution, allocation and utilization of financial resources to meet development needs. Transforming investment into concrete action in order...

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Financing: Why it matters for women and girls?

(Cross posted on www.unwomen.org) From letting women have a say in where village water holes are built, to ensuring cash-transfer programmes benefit all, to making sure women have maternal health clinics nearby and can access them when the need arises ­– financing for gender equality is the means to ensure that women’s needs are met in development planning. Financing for development is about money. For development to reach people in all parts of the world, adequate financing is required so that commitments made by world leaders translate into action. For funds to benefit everyone equally and equitably, targeted efforts are often needed. For example, if women don’t have access to safe transportation or low-cost childcare, few will be able to take advantage of important social or vocational programmes.

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Featured Video: Gender Responsive Budgeting and Planning in India

The documentary provides practical ways in which sectoral plans and budgets can be made gender responsive. The video captures exemplary work done in India by the Department of Science and Technology and Department of Agriculture and Cooperation at the Union (local) level. The experiences show that how in the two so called ‘women unrelated’ sectors,  gender issues have been recognized and addressed in sector policies and programmes. At the level of State government, the documentary covers the initiatives taken by the Kerala State Planning Board and highlights gender targeted programmes in sectors such as Public Works Department and Police. To capture these experiences, interviews were conducted with officials of the Departments at the Union and State level and women's testimonies were collected from the field.

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From Commitment to Action:Gender Equality and Women’s Rights in the Financing for Development Framework (New York, 11 December, 2014)

The Third International Conference on Financing for Development in July 2015 provides a critical opportunity to ensure that financing strategies are capable of delivering on gender equality and women’s rights commitments. Women’s rights can be integrated into the Financing for Development (FfD) process by focusing on advancing gender equality through public expenditure, revenue raising, accountability of private sector investments, monitoring and evaluation, and direct financing. A side event was held on the margins of the informal sessions on the FfD to discuss how financing for development should support the achievement of gender equality and women’s rights. The side event brought together representatives from governments in the global north and south, and civil society. The event made an important contribution to generating political will and momentum behind gender equality and women’s rights as an essential pillar of the new financing for development agenda.

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Making it Happen - Financing Gender Equality and Women’s rights in the post-2015 development agenda, 22 September, New York

This side event explored options to finance the new set of global commitments on gender equality and women’s rights based on the proposal of the Open Working Group and in consideration of the forthcoming report of the ICESDF; and strengthen political support for this. It provided an opportunity for governments, development partners and civil society to formulate recommendations on financing gender equality ahead of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, and in preparation for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development.

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CSOs in Serbia demand for gender responsive local plans and budgets

Women-led CSOs play a crucial role in gender responsive budgeting processes. The Association Fenomena (CSO) in Serbia led an initiative to demand better service delivery for women and girls in selected municipalities and towns. The CSO worked with eight women’s organisations from seven towns/municipalities to influence local budgets and plans in a wide range of sectors that affect women's lives. Analysis of municipal budgets was conducted to assess whether women and men benefitted equally from budget allocations.

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Strengthening local councils in Cameroon to respond to women and girls needs

In Cameroon, UN Women supported efforts to institutionalize gender responsive budgeting (GRB) in local councils and build accountability of local governments. The project strengthened the technical capacities of local councils to integrate gender priorities into planning and budgeting processes and to develop the capacities of women’s groups to monitor and enforce output based budgets in councils. As a result, 10 out of 16 local councils have adopted decisions to increase financing for gender equality, and all 16 councils have established Women Foundations for Inclusive Governance (WOFIG) and Gender Committees whose members hold key political positions in local decision-making, especially on the allocation of resources and budgets.

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Morocco's successful case in implementing gender responsive budgets

Morocco has a long history of gender responsive budgeting work with sustained, high-level political will to address gender equality. Since the adoption of a new finance law in January 2014, the needs of women and girls are increasingly being reflected in how governments spend and the gender priorities are integrated throughout the budgeting process.

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GRB Regional Centers of Excellence: Knowledge Hubs on Gender Responsive Planning and Budgeting

UN Women supported the establishment of Centers of Excellence on Gender-Responsive Budgeting in different regions to promote learning, innovation and exchange on GRB. These centers provide essential knowledge and tools and build technical capacity of government authorities to strengthen gender-responsive budgeting. There are three regional centers established to date: GRB Center of Excellence (GRB-CE) Morocco, GRB Center of Excellence for CIS and GRB Center of Excellence Mozambique.

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FundHer: Donor ScoreCard

Tracking financial allocations and monitoring how and where they are spent is key to increase accountability in financing for gender equality. The Canadian CSO AWID (Association for Women's Rights in Development) partnered with the Instituto del Tercer Mundo/Social Watch, feminist economists, other women’s rights organizations and research institutions to develop an innovative scorecard, FundHer, to assess donor funding and to address the changing landscape in development cooperation.

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