The sum of parts

You’re doing it wrong

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 gender inequality and women’s advancement. A large number of sub-Saharan African countries have adopted gender budgeting. Two countries that have achieved notable success in their efforts are Uganda and Rwanda, both of which have integrated gender-oriented goals into budget policies, programs, and processes in fundamental ways. Other countries have made more limited progress in introducing gender budgeting into their budget-making. Leadership by the ministry of finance is critical for enduring effects, although nongovernmental organizations and parliamentary bodies in sub-Saharan Africa play an essential role in advocating for 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 asked 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.”

One thought on “The sum of parts

  1. Emma

    October 18, 2016 at 10:35am

    Equality for women and opportunities for their education are often at the bottom of the list. Gender budgeting is a great idea.

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