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1 FORUM FOR WOMEN IN DEMOCRACY Developing capacity of public institutions to formulate gender sensitive plans and budgets: Uganda’s Experience A presentation by Mukunda Julius Mugisha, Senior Program Director Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE) Kampala, Uganda2013 United Nations Public Service Forum Day and Awards Ceremony“Transformative e-Government and Innovation:Creating a Better Future for All”24-27 June 2013Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain
2 Background GRB started in Uganda in 1999 But gained momentum in 2004 with increased numbers of technocrats trained in GRB
3 BackgroundIn 2010 /11 the National development plan (NDP) agreed and made gender inequality as one of the key five bidding constraints to national development in UgandaIn 2006/07 government came on board with the introduction of Budget Call circular directive on Gender Budgeting
4 Recent institutional Developments for GRB in Uganda Operationalization of the Equal Opportunity Commission (EOC)A constitutional body charged with dealing with issues of inequality in the countryOrganizing and mobilizing Parliamentarians into a GRB champions groups
5 Recent institutional Developments for GRB in Uganda Development of Training manuals and programsSpearheaded by the ministry of finance Planning and economic DevelopmentEstablishment of a Postgraduate diploma in Gender and Local development
6 Recent institutional Developments for GRB in Uganda Establishment of Master degree in gender Aware Economics. The first in the world of its kind, aims to generate a new cadre of economists who are able to integrate gender equality as a parameter in economic analysis, policies and budgets.
7 Recent institutional Developments for GRB in Uganda Generation of Gender disaggregated data by Ministry of FinanceConducting participatory gender Audits for 5 sectors of the economy including Ministry of finance
8 Building Capacities of Public Institutions in GRB This has taken several formsDuration and quick fixesone day workshop to five day intensive training organized mainly by NGOsThey have helped where there is scarcity of resourcesNeed to deal with emergenciesNeed to have basics to help achieve short term results
9 Building Capacities of Public Institutions in GRB Content developmentstructured training programs organized by training Institutions such ESAMI(East, South African Management Institute)Structured training program by UNDP’s GEPMI program (Gender and Economic Policy Management Initiative )Tanzania Gender an Macroeconomics Program organized by TGNPAcademic programs such as the post graduate diploma and Master Degrees at Makerere University
10 Building Capacities of Public Institutions in GRB Content development for GRB in UgandaThe five step approach5 Corrective Feed Back1. Gender Situational analysis2. Gender Policy Analysis3. Gender Budget Analysis4. Gender Budget Monitoring
11 Building Capacities of Public Institutions in GRB The GEPMIThe three-week course on Gender-Responsive Economic Policy Management aims at providing policymakers and development practitioners with the required skills andknowledge that are needed to identify and address gender biases in the economic sectors and to analyze economic policies and budgets from a gender perspective
12 Building Capacities of Public Institutions in GRB The course targets economic policymakers, development planners, researchers, in particular middle and high level public and private sectors officials, civil society organisations and other officials engaged in gender advocacy who want to increase their capacity to analyse and mainstream gender issues in economic policy formulation and management.TARGET PARTICIPANTS
13 Building Capacities of Public Institutions in GRB EXPECTED SKILLS UPON COMPLETIONThe course enhances gender awareness in economic policy formulation and implementation and also sharpens the understanding of participants on the links between gender and economic policy formulation and management.The course makes it possible for participants to become familiar with the analysis and use of gender concepts, tools and strategies especially in the economic sectors.
14 Building Capacities of Public Institutions in GRB Expected skills upon completion include:Fostering an enhanced conceptual understanding of gender concepts in economic policy design, implementation and evaluation,Enabling participants to acquire knowledge and expertise to formulate, implement, monitor, and evaluate policies, programmes and budgets from a gender perspective;Providing participants with knowledge and expertise to mainstream a gender perspective in national development policy dialogue and planning as well as in international negotiations;Providing an opportunity to share relevant experiences and materials among participants from different national economic structures.
15 Building Capacities of Public Institutions in GRB The course consists of standard modules, and one writing module that involve the drafting of individual or team papers.COURSE CONTENT
16 Building Capacities of Public Institutions in GRB COURSE CONTENTKey components of the modules include:Gender and EconomicsGender-responsive policy analysisUnpaid care workGender, data and indicesEmployment and labor marketsGender and povertyGender and MacroeconomicsGender and macroeconomic strategies in Africa, part IGender and macroeconomic strategies in Africa, part IIGender and tradeGender and access to financePublic finance and gender-responsive budgeting
17 Building Capacities of Public Institutions in GRB COURSE CONTENTThe GEPMI looks at gender in economics compressivelyWe no longer need to look at budget rather we need to look at what drives and influences the budgetsGEMPI also attempts to support that belief that if public service is of quality and adequate gender inequality may also reducedGEMPI looks at the fundamentals that can address the root on fixing the economy and gender can be integratedGEPMI departs from the norm of looking at how governments generates revenues and how resources are allocated
18 Building Capacities of Public Institutions in GRB Target groupsThe Target groups in Uganda areThe government technocrats:these get training specifically on how to integrate gender in the planning and budgeting processesUsually a lot of time is spent on development of gender issues and how they can be addressed using existing available resourcesGeneration of gender disaggregated data is key and a key message givenThe CSOsThese get training majorly on budget advocacyMost of the time is spent t on understanding the budget and the budget process
19 Building Capacities of Public Institutions in GRB Target groupsThe CommunitiesWe have discovered that when communities are organized, mobilized and empowered serviced delivery improves and corruption in harder to sustainWe have introduced in Uganda the concept of Village Budget ClubsThese are groups of grassroots women and men who are training in gender budget monitoring and service delivery tracking
20 Building Capacities of Public Institutions in GRB The group is charged with monitoring money flow into their community and how it has been utilizedThe groups monitors government facilities to find out how resources are being utilizedThe groups organizes the communities at larger and share their experiences in the budget monitoring exercisesThe groups interfaces with duty bearers on the issues raised during
21 Challenges of building Capacities of Public Institutions on GRB Staff turn over and redeploymentInability of senior decision makers to attend GRB training sessionsInadequate training materials and research on gender and economicsGender considered as “simple” subject which can be mastered in weeks if not daysEconomics is language of exclusionThere is no stand alone curriculumMost gender activists have inadequate economics background
22 ConclusionInvesting in capacity development initiatives is crucial in fighting gender inequality. Whereas most of the training initiative have focused on policy makers, its now time to look at grassroots communities.. When communities are organized and trained in gender budgeting corruption is harder to sustain and service delivery improves.