From February 23 to 26, 2021, the JVI in collaboration with the IMF’s Fiscal Affairs Department, organized a four-day remote course on Gender Budgeting for 18 government officials across twelve countries from South Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
The course, in its fourth year, was tailored to online-delivery, and was expanded for the first time to include contributions from other IMF departments on the macroeconomics of gender and the economic and social policies to close gender gaps.
Gender budgeting experts from the IMF, UN-Women, the Austrian Parliamentary Budget Office, and the PEFA Secretariat provided a detailed overview of how to mainstream gender considerations into the budget cycle.
Presentations and discussions around gender equality, macroeconomic performance and the IMF’s gender budgeting framework set the context for the course. Experts explained budgeting tools for each stage of the budget cycle (planning, preparation and execution) with hands-on case studies in smaller facilitated break-out groups.
Some key takeaways from the course are as follows:
Vincent Tang and Nino Tchelishvili, International Monetary Fund