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Capacity Development for Promoting Gender Equality in the Aid Effectiveness Agenda

National Development Planning in the Commonwealth of Independent States


Capacity Development for Promoting Gender Equality in the Aid Effectiveness Agenda
In May 2007, UNIFEM and the Government of Kazakhstan organized a high-level consultation in Almaty on Gender Equality and Development Planning and Budgeting in the Commonwealth of Independent States. Government, civil society, academic and private sector representatives from 10 countries came together with UN and donor partners to look at national planning processes and their potential for advancing gender equality throughout the region.
This discussion paper examines the challenges for national development planning presented by the centrality of poverty reduction strategy papers (PRSPs) in the region following their integration into the aid effectiveness agenda. Arguing that it is therefore imperative for gender equality advocates to focus greater attention on development planning cycles and budget processes, the paper examines each of the stages in the planning process at which gender equality priorities tend to evaporate. It also underlines the skills needed to ensure that this does not happen, and compares experiences of engagement in national development planning processes in different countries.
  • Author: UNIFEM
  • Edizioni: Gender Equality and Aid Effectiveness Discussion Papers
  • Date of publication: 2007