TARGET GROUP | Government officials from various agencies involved in gender budgeting such as gender policy coordination units, ministries of finance, and specific sectors. Mid-level to senior officers with experience in fiscal policy or budgeting.
DESCRIPTION | This three-day course, presented by the IMF’s Fiscal Affairs Department, introduces IMF’s Public Financial Management (PFM) approach to gender budgeting, helping foster peer learning, and planting the seeds for a potential possible Community of Practice.
Gender equality is on the government’s policy agenda in many countries from different regions and income groups. Despite some achievements in promoting gender equality over the last years, gender gaps still exist. Some of the countries are considering and implementing gender budgeting initiatives to further promote gender equality.
To support these important initiatives in the region, this course helps countries to: (i) develop a better understanding of gender budgeting practices and their integration with the PFM cycle; (ii) present innovations in gender budgeting and the challenges they face; (iii) initiate a dialogue among the participating countries on the design and implementation of gender budgeting initiatives and practices, with the objective of learning lessons and improving the impact of these initiatives. It also brings together government representatives from various agencies—including gender policy coordination units, ministries of finance, and specific sectors—as well as regional experts supporting gender budget initiatives, such as UN Women in the region.
OBJECTIVES | Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:
• Recognize the Gender budgeting concepts, objectives and implementation trends
• Identify institutional perspective on the gender responsive budgeting and gender equality
• Describe the peer and good practice countries, to improve their national and sub-national practices