The IMF has a new paper out on gender budgeting efforts in sub-Saharan African countries:
Gender budgeting is an initiative to use fiscal policy and administration to address genderÂ inequality and womenâ€™s advancement. A large number of sub-Saharan African countries haveÂ adopted gender budgeting. Two countries that have achieved notable success in their effortsÂ are Uganda and Rwanda, both of which have integrated gender-oriented goals into budgetÂ policies, programs, and processes in fundamental ways. Other countries have made moreÂ limited progress in introducing gender budgeting into their budget-making. Leadership by theÂ ministry of finance is critical for enduring effects, although nongovernmental organizationsÂ and parliamentary bodies in sub-Saharan Africa play an essential role in advocating forÂ gender budgeting.
These sorts of efforts have certainly improved in both scope and sophistication. Back when I worked in the budget division of the Malawian Ministry of Finance, I was only askedÂ once to perform any sort analysis of the gender focus of the budget. The request that landed on my desk had come from the Commonwealth, who wanted to know how many times the word “gender” had been used in any of the previous presentations of the national budget to parliament. After fishing out the transcripts from the Ministry’s library, I eventually discovered the answer was “zero.”