Budgets for Empowerment

New aid modalities, public finance management and gender responsive budgeting - Workshop   Oct. 15th, 2009, 9.00-17.00, Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue, Armbrustergasse 15, 1190 Wien

Margit Scherb (Austrian Development Agency)
Renate Semler (Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation)

Introduction to GRB

Elisabeth Klatzer (Austrian Federal Chancellery)

Introduction to PFM
John Zevenbergen (ECORYS)

A multi-stakeholder approach to GRB: Cases from South-Eastern Europe
Asya Varbanova (UNIFEM)

Interactive group work on concrete cases:
Engendering PFM
John Zevenbergen (ECORYS)

Final discussion: Next steps concerning gender-sensitive public finance management
Chair: Margit Scherb (Austrian Development Agency)
Klaus Steiner (Austrian Ministry for European and International Affairs)
John Zevenbergen (ECORYS)
Asya Varbanova (UNIFEM)
Brigitte Holzner (Austrian Development Agency)

Moderation: Brigitte Holzner (Austrian Development Agency)


Public Finance Management (PFM) influences aid management and development effectiveness, especially in the context of budget support. The Paris Declaration and the Accra Agenda for Action have increased this focus further due to higher aid budgets from donors and the emphasis on ownership, harmonization and alignment. Several tools have been developed for PFM including:
Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF), Public Expenditure Review (PER), National Audits, and Public Expenditure & Financial Accountability (PEFA). These tools are by and large gender-neutral, but have the potential to be utilized for gender equality purposes.
Parallel to the focus on programme-based aid and hitherto in a rather separate process, numerous gender responsive budgeting (GRB) initiatives have been launched that introduce a gender equality perspective into budgetary processes. Also for GRB a number of instruments have been devised like Gender-Disaggregated Public Expenditure Incidence Analysis, Gender-Disaggregated Tax Incidence Analysis, or the Gender-Disaggregated Analysis of the Impact of the Budget on Time Use.
While the GRB tools all have a strong analytical focus, the tools for budget formulation are still marginal under the GRB framework.
Regarding these developments two challenges can be observed: how to make PFM more gender-sensitive, and how to open GRB for PFM processes.

In order to share a common understanding of the budgetary processes, mechanisms and methods, capacity development is necessary for donors and partner countries alike.
This workshop intends to bring the two strands - PFM and GRB – together. It will firstly provide information about the entry points and mechanisms of ‘engendering’ PFM instruments. Secondly, the GRB approaches and methods will be critically reflected upon in how far they can be utilized for gender mainstreaming in PFM. Lastly, gaps in both approaches – PFM and GRB – will be identified in order to detect future challenges for the advancement of a gender-sensitive PFM system. 
Besides the conceptual and technical inputs, practical experiences from case studies in PFM and GRB will show potentials and constraints in the budgeting processes.
The main questions addressed in this workshop are: How can GRB fit into good PFM practice, and how can PFM fit into good GRB practice?
The inputs and discussions should also allow conclusions for other forms of social budgeting (e.g. child budgeting, environmental budgeting, human rights budgeting).

Target groups of the workshop:
The workshop is intended for programme managers who are involved in analysing, preparing, and facilitating new aid modalities, and for gender experts who are or want to be involved in financial management.
Development experts will benefit from this workshop by learning how to incorporate a social, i.e. gender equality dimension into public financial management. Likewise, gender experts will benefit from this workshop by learning how the PFM methodology can be utilized for gender mainstreaming.

Maximum number of participants: 35

Elisabeth Klatzer: economist, post-graduate studies in public policy at Harvard University, J.F. Kennedy School of Government; Gender Mainstreaming Counsellor at the Austrian Federal Chancellery and  lecturer at the Vienna University of Economics and Business; researcher in Gender Budgeting, feminist economics and finance.

John Zevenbergen: has an academic background in public administration. As a Senior Consultant for ECORYS he is leading the training activities in Public Finance Management. He has given PFM trainings to various bilateral donors, including Austria, and is lecturer at the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague.

Asya Varbanova: has an academic background in public policy. She serves as coordinator and manager of the UNIFEM project on gender responsive budgeting (GRB) in South East Europe (SEE), which covers 4 SEE countries and is implemented with funding by ADA.

The workshop will be held in English.

The full programm as pdf-download.

Registration until October 12th, 2009, Renate Semler (vidc): semler(at)vidc.org, Tel: +43 (0) 1 713 35 94-78

A cooperation between ADA and vidc within the scope of the gender budgeting working team.