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Debbie Budlender
The main research question of this study To what extent do post-conflict reconstruction initiatives allocate resources to promote gender equality, address women's needs and involve women in decision-making around strategies and related resource allocations? In the Post-Conflict Needs Assessments examined in this paper, less than 5 percent of activities and only 3 percent of budget lines mentioned women's needs. Low and diminishing levels of gender-responsiveness were also evident in PRSPs. Between 5 and 6 percent of the budget allocated to activities and indicators addressed gender needs, whereas the extent of inclusion of women's needs and issues is only 3 percent at the budget level. The publication features case studies in Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Southern Sudan and Timor-Leste. This report published in October 2010 was commissioned by the UNDP Gender Team and written by Debbie Budlender.