september, 2015

sep263:00 pm- 4:30 pmUsing Inclusive Partnerships to Deliver on the SDGs: the Role of Gender-Responsive Budgeting3:00 pm - 4:30 pm New York, United States of AmericaEvent Type :Global Partnership,High-Level Side Event,Side Event

Introduction

Building on a series of high-level meetings on transformative financing for gender equality and women’s empowerment, this event showcased how inclusive partnerships can improve the effectiveness, quality and impact of financing for gender equality. It also showcased country-level application of gender-responsive budgeting as a key driver for increasing domestic resources to achieve gender equality commitments in the SDGs, and demonstrated the contribution of the Global Partnership as a dynamic platform for fostering mutual learning and contributing to implementation of the SDGs.

Hosted by Malawi, Mexico and the Netherlands as the Co-Chairs of the GPEDC, and UN WOMEN, this event included perspectives from a range of governments, multilateral and regional organisations, and CSOs on a number of key questions:

  • How can inclusive partnerships support country ownership and leadership for implementing the SDGs?
  • What key elements have led to increased uptake of gender-responsive budgeting and how can these experiences be used to mobilize greater investment in gender equality?
  • How can mutual learning mechanisms be strengthened to support greater allocation of resources for gender equality?
  • How can monitoring contribute to implementation and behaviour change?

Summary

Smart Fiscal Policies Can Accelerate Progress on Gender Equality

The Co-Chairs of the Global Partnership and UN Women convened a side event at the UN Summit on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to look at the role of inclusive partnerships in achieving the 2030 Agenda – with a special focus on the role of gender-responsive budgeting. “This is not a women’s agenda. It is a common sense agenda for sustainable development,” explained Mexican Foreign Minister and GPEDC Co-Chair Claudia Ruiz Massieu.

To a packed crowd, Ministers from Mexico, the Netherlands, Rwanda, and Sweden, as well officials from UNDP, UN Women, the African Development Bank, and the Association for Women’s Rights in Development shared lessons learned on how best to accelerate progress on gender equality at the country level by applying smarter fiscal management to advance and empower both women and girls. Moderated by OECD Chief of Staff Gabriela Ramos, the discussion highlighted the fact that while gender equality is the most mainstreamed aspect of the 2030 agenda, it is also the most underfunded, and that effective and inclusive partnerships will be critical to realizing gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Commitment, ownership, understanding and leadership at the highest levels of government and among partners— including donors, civil society, business, local government and parliamentarians—are required for gender-responsive budgeting to take root and be effective. At the same time, a comprehensive legal framework is a necessary underpinning to progress, one that explicitly addresses issues like land ownership, inheritance, labour and gender-responsive budgeting. For example, when women are economically active, they contribute to the very budgets that can be used to further their own empowerment. Moreover, the GPEDC’s experience of monitoring resources for gender equality using a global indicator that assesses whether governments track allocations for gender equality and how this information is made public is also an important instrument to promote accountability.

At its core, a gender-responsive budget tests the commitment of a country to resourcing gender equality, and good decisions can only be made to this end if sound measurement and evaluation processes are in place to track progress on gender equality and empowerment of women and girls. As the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Netherlands, and GPEDC Co-Chair Lilianne Ploumen stated, “This is not a technical issue. This is a political issue.”

Participants highlighted the wealth of knowledge available on successful approaches, and the need to translate these approaches into action. In closing, the Principal Secretary, Ministry of Finance of Malawi, Newby Kumwembe, noted that platforms such as the GPEDC can serve as an essential mechanism for sharing knowledge about what works and why, and how best to implement such policies and practices.