TARGET GROUP | Government officials from various agencies involved in gender budgeting. These agencies include gender policy coordination units, ministries of finance, and ministries of women. Participants should preferably have some familiarity with the concepts or practice of gender budgeting. Qualifications required are: Mid-level to senior officers with experience in fiscal policy or budgeting.
DESCRIPTION | This workshop, presented by the Fiscal Affairs Department, provides an introduction approach to gender budgeting, drawing on the IMF's Public Financial Management (PFM) framework.
Gender equality is on the government's policy agenda in many countries. As the budget system is a primary policy instrument, it can play a central role in implementing governments' gender policies and goals.
The workshop will help countries to: (i) have an overview of the importance of gender in the macroeconomy, and policies that can help to address gender inequalities; (ii) develop a deeper understanding of gender budgeting practices and their integration with each stage of the PFM cycle; (iii) apply this to participant country practices through workshops; (iv) initiate a dialogue among 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. Participants will be invited to explain specific practices in their own countries, assess their own and other countries' challenges, and propose solutions.
It also brings together government representatives from various agencies - including gender policy coordination units in ministries of finance, and ministries of other specific sectors - as well as regional experts supporting gender budget initiatives, such as UN Women.
OBJECTIVES | Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to: Identify institutional perspectives on gender-responsive budgeting and gender equality. Better understand the levels of practice of gender budgeting at each stage of the PFM cycle and the interrelations between these stages. Identify the level of practice of gender budgeting currently being implemented in their own countries and how this can be affected by PFM challenges. Identify precise steps in moving towards improved practice in their own countries as well as the possible synergies of these steps with ongoing PFM reforms.