Engendering Macroeconomic Policy and Budgets for Sustainable Development (Cagatay, N. 1999)
|Gender-responsive budgeting is a process for the analysis of government expenditure and revenue on women and girls as compared to men and boys. It helps governments decide how policies need to be adjusted, and where resources need to be reallocated. UNIFEM is currently expanding its support for gender responsive budgeting analysis as a tool to strengthen mechanisms and procedures for holding global actors accountable to the impact of policies on women's lives.|
National budgets are at the heart of the macroeconomic policy. International initiatives scrutinize national budgets with respect to gender, poverty or environment effects. The pioneer in the gender analysis and budgets was the government of Australia. Currently, in South Africa, Sri Lanka and Barbados.
Gender-Sensitive Budget Initiatives have been developed inside government, with the support of the Commonwealth Secretariat, to review and analyze aspects of national budgets, particularly expenditures, to determine whether there are biases against women.
There are initiatives in South Africa, Switzerland, U.K., Zimbabwe and Tanzania organized by NGO’s, sometimes in cooperation with parliamentarians, with the aim of making fiscal policy responsive to the needs of women.
Other budget initiatives have focused on the analysis of budgets from a poverty perspective or environmental perspective. While most budget initiatives have focused exclusively on gender equity, poverty or environmental concerns, others have tried to combine two or all of these concerns recognizing the inter-linkages between poverty, gender inequality and environmental degradation.
Following questions have to be answered: what are the tools and techniques used for analyses of budgets? what are the trade-offs involved in the budgeting exercises under consideration? who are the actors who pursue them? what is the level of participation by civil society in budget exercises? what are the lessons learned and what are the analytical gaps that need to be addressed?
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