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1 Yassine Fall Senior Economic Advisor, UNIFEM
Senior Policy Advisor, Millennium Project ENAP, June / 2005

2 Gender inequality Gender inequality is about unequal rights for power control between women and men Within every unit, that of family, community, the weakest and most vulnerable are women and girl children Gender inequality is lack of access to and control over resources, opinion, protection, shelter, skills, learning and overall development

3 Racial Discrimination
A violation of all forms of human rights principles and internationally agreed legal instruments Generates lack of opportunity, exclusion lack of access to national resources and assets and inequitable budget allocation Increased burden of care and least rights for women

4 Poverty Poverty: beyond low income and consume
Includes: exclusion, lack of rights and choices. Affects women and men differently because of their societal roles, practical and strategic needs. Exacerbates gender inequality and vice versa, fosters unbalanced rights and obligations

5 Gender, Race and Poverty
Combined gender and racial discrimination aggravate poverty Poverty analysis in racially discriminated, class or ethnic divided society cannot be analyzed outside those social factors Race analysis of poverty is sine qua non conditions for policy needs assessment or planning poverty interventions.

6 Macroeconomics Macroeconomics studies the behavior of eco agents like households, enterprises and the state and how decisions or changes in their behavior influence each other or the market. Macroeconomics is not gender or race neutral, each changes influence households and men and women inside households differently.

7 A macro model: Y = C + G + I + (X-M)
Y = National Income, GDP, measument of the value of economic activity C = Consumption G = Government Expenditure I = Private Sector Investment X = Exports M = Imports Ignores social reproduction!!!!

8 Gender and Racial Inequalities Y = C + I + G + (X-M) + (W+WR)
W = unaccounted for Care work WR = Unaccounted for Care work from racially discriminated groups Y analyzed from point of public policy point of view: Taxation, social reproductive tax Expenditure, social substitution

9 Gender and Racial Inequalities Y = C + I + G + (X-M) + (W+WR)
What happens to poor women farmers food producers and processors? when G is reduced with cuts in rural subsidies (farm inputs, farm Implants, extension workers, training, land title with no means to exploit? What happens to local domestic producers and market?

10 Gender and Racial Inequalities Y = C + I + G + (X-M) + (W+WR)
What happens when Government has to keep public expenditure down or prioritize in budget allocation? Women and men’s care work? Funding Gender based violence Reproductive health Employment? Freedom to choose? Participation Representation

11 Gender and Racial Inequalities Y = C + I + G + (X-M) + (W+WR)
What happens when racial equity is not integrated into public policy? What happens poverty resource allocation is considered “racially blind”, given that it is supposed to cater for all poor? What happens when institutions that ensure that racial equity and gender equality are not in placed or not empowered?

12 MDG1, MDG3, MDG8 Recommendations of Task Forces on:
Poverty and economic Development Gender equality and empowerment of women Global Partnership: AID, TRADE, DEBT


14 Looking at the big Picture: Circular Flow of Resources…..
Foreign Sector Wage payment Exports revenues Imports payments Labor supply Private Sector Households Consumer demand Consumer goods Credit Household savings Credit Government Investment savings Taxes from households Financial Institutions expenditures Taxes from firms Borrowing Repaying provision of Government Government social services

15 Circular Flow and market led Resource Allocation
Foreign banks ForeignMark Exports revenues Wages Imports payments Gender distribution of labor Private Sector Households Consumer demand Consumer goods Credit Credit Government Household savings savings Taxes from households Financial Institutions Investments Taxes from firms private sector Borrowing Repaying provision of Government Government in foreign social services

16 Trade Liberalization Removal Tariffs and
Loss of corporate and export taxes by Gt. Removal of subsidies Privatization of land and utilities with its corollary cost recovery Commodification of agriculture Removal of labor laws for worker’s rights and decent work to accomodate EPZ

17 Adam Smith on TRADE in the Wealth of Nations II said:
‘Were those high duties and prohibitions taken away all at once, cheaper foreign goods of the same kind might be poured so fast into the home market as to deprive all at once many thousands of our people of their ordinary employment and means of subsistence. The disorder which this would occasion might no doubt be very considerable.’

18 Fredrich List, in National System of Political Economy
“free trade is the policy of the strong” Because every industrialized nation has pursued trade protection for its infant industries, Once they grow strong enough to withstand international competition they lower their trade barriers and ask others to do the same.

19 GOAL8: AID, Trade, Debt Revisit unjust trade regime
Debt cancellation is a must Untied aid is non negotiable justice in global trade is also critical for increased resources for poverty elimination

20 LT Benefits of FDI and Trade
What happens to other variables when too much emphasis is put on I + (X-M)???in the Y = C + G + I + (X-M) + W When will it ever trickle down? To Poverty? Gender equality? Development?

21 Scaling up interventions
Addressing Racial and Gender inequality Human rights Social investment Stronger Public Sector Domestic private sector empowered Land titles and deeds for landless Poor farmers

22 Scaling up interventions
Only a strong public sector can ensure implementation of Task Force MP recommendations Responses to absorptive Capacity Citizens Policing of Poverty Fund through Participation and representation Public-Community Partnership

23 Scaling up interventions
Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment as unique alternative for successful MDGs Outcomes Enabling Women to enjoy their human rights and implementing TF3 rec: Building a representative multi level leadership Enabling citizens, women to develop accountability systems

24 Gender/Racial Equality Needs Assessment
Assessment of gender and racially related economic and social inequalities, with particular attention to country selected focus sectors Estimation of resources needed to implement comprehensive gender and racial equality-related interventions across multiple sectors Advocacy tool to ensure monitoring by beneficiaries that appropriate gender and racial equality-related interventions are included and budgeted for across all other sectors

25 Benchmarks for integrating gender equality in needs assessment
1 Population identification 2 Sector Analysis. Human Rights Representation Participation Cost Benefit 3 Interventions and policy instruments 4 Implementation 5. Monitoring

26 Is there genuine Participation?
Participation refers here to playing a catalytic and innovative role providing substantive content in developing analysis, identifying priority needs and partners, implementing actions, monitoring outcomes and developing advocacy approaches and language. In all stages of needs assessment It would be critical to articulate the way in which different groups, women and men and other social groups are making a difference in moving the process forward in setting the national and local MDG agenda.

27 Is there genuine Representation?
Are social groups differentiated by gender, race, age , region, social status identified by different stakeholders like Parliamentarian, kilombolas and kilombolos, Government, women and men NGO, human rights groups, people living with disabilities, network of people living with HIV, etc? Are there skills building activities for those who need to be brought up to speed on MDG? What kind of information is being provided to them? Are they proportionally represented at all levels including stakeholder meeting, sector working groups, team of consultant, advocacy and campaigning? Are their concerns being genuinely included in all priority sectors and in the final report and identified programs? Do they feel their expectation of representation are being met, why or why not?

28 Cost Human, time and work burden as cost Financial cost Material
How to factor in unpaid work in Household contribution? Who should pay or not pay? What kind of tax system is more appropriate to empower women and the poorest?

29 Benefits Gender Equality in budget allocation
Employment benefits and empowerment of women Identification of hidden gender interventions Advocacy pushing the MDG envelope

30 Stages of needs assessment
Institutions (Gov, HH, NGO), Stakeholder- gender, Regional division, social condition, Age, etc. What contribution Does each make in Provision of services in focus sector Identify Gender Equality, synergies and cross linkages between sectors Estimate resource Needs and costs + + + Investment Model: who pays? Under what conditions? Household contribution and cost recovery from who?

31 Multiple Dimensions of Analysis
Health Lands/housing Water/Sanitation Environment Education Energy Hunger Macroecon Household Community, Government, Intern. Institutions, NGOs Voluntary slums work Collection, household use Forest pdcts Pre- school care and education energy provision for hh needs Food production, processing, nutrition Time and work burden Provision of services Care to HIV sufferers Family farm Sanitation maintenance Collection for food, medicine Resources: Human, Material and /or Financial User fee Funds mobiliz User fees Cost recovery Poor Mngmt comitee Gender budget Taxation Management Decision Committees Comitte

32 Gender equality in sectors and Gender-specific interventions
Sector-specific Interventions to reach women Awareness Sensitization and Training Subsidies Prevention of violence Systemic Issues Gender and racial Equality-related Interventions Total Gender Racial Equality/ Human Rights -related Needs

33 Investment Model addresses three Sources of Funding
Government Expenditures on the MDGs are provisionally assumed can be increased by 4 percent of GDP from now to 2015 Household contributions from poorest groups should be assessed on the basis of: Extreme low level of income of the poorest users’ ability to pay poor women’s time and work burden in provision of social services the negative incentive effect of user fees in essential services In kind contribution of users 3. External finance is required to close the financing

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