Mainstreaming gender aspects into the budgeting process

Oct 14, 2014

 

On October 9-10, 2014 a workshop on gender budgeting was held in the capital city’s "Poytakht" business center.

Gender budgeting is an analysis and evaluation of public expenditures and revenues in terms of taking into account the best interests of women and men. It is perceived by the international community as an important tool for building a democratic society, helping to improve the efficient use of resources to achieve gender equality and human development.

The workshop provided an opportunity for discussing the conceptual and methodological approaches and tools of gender budgeting based on international practice. Gender budgeting emphasizes redistribution of priorities, rather than an increase in government spending, and provides opportunities for governments to achieve a more balanced and sustainable development goals.

The workshop was attended by over 20 experts, including heads of departments and specialists from the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Public Education, Ministry of Higher and Secondary Special Education, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources, Ministry of Culture and Sports, Women’s Committee of Uzbekistan, State Committee for Nature Protection, State Committee on Statistics, and the Centre for Hydro meteorological Service under  the Cabinet of Ministers, in other words all those who, by nature of their activities, are linked to the budget planning.

UNDP has been promoting gender budgeting methodology in Uzbekistan since 2011 within the framework of its "Budget System Reform in Uzbekistan" Project. The project has developed a number of research papers including a situation analysis of local budgets with respect to gender responsiveness at the example of Djizzak region and Urta-chirchik district of the Tashkent province;  Indicators for assessing gender sensitivity of local budget, as well as practical recommendations on mainstreaming gender issues at the regional level; a Manual on gender budgeting, which is a practical guide for civil servants, has been developed based on recommendations of international organizations.

The learning event participants discussed not only the general concepts such as gender budgeting, gender statistics and gender analysis features, but also quite new concepts for Uzbekistan such as "Unpaid work and the economy of care." The "Budget System Reform in Uzbekistan" Project will continue to work in this area.

The event was conducted by the joint project of UNDP and the Ministry of Finance of Uzbekistan “Budget System Reform in Uzbekistan”.   

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The "Budget System Reform in Uzbekistan» (BSR) is - a joint project of UNDP and the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Uzbekistan, aimed at enhancing the capacity in the field of reforms aimed at improving the efficiency, accountability and transparency of the budget system.

The project is implementing a number of initiatives aimed at improving the budget legislation, providing assistance in developing and implementing a methodology of program budgeting, legal and regulatory framework to ensure an effective and transparent public procurement system, as well as enhancing the capacity of state employees to promote reform.

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