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UNIFEM’s has thirty years of experience as the United Nations operational organization mandated to promote gender equality and women’s human rights within the UN system and at country level. It has extensive expertise in building country-level capacity in tools of accountability, namely gender responsive budgeting, CEDAW monitoring and better use of sex-disaggregated data as a basis for gender-responsive policy formulation. UNIFEM’s four thematic areas are: reducing feminized poverty, ending violence against women, reducing the prevalence of HIV/AIDS amongst women and girls, and building gender equality in democratic governance.

The EC and UNIFEM have been working closely together to facilitate dialogue on the new aid modalities among gender equality advocates, policy makers in partner countries and the donor community. The EC/UNIFEM consultation on “Owning Development: Promoting Gender Equality in New Aid Modalities and Partnerships”, held in Brussels in November 2005 and the EC support to UNIFEM gender budgeting initiatives have brought about promising new approaches to assessing the gender implications of aid effectiveness. UNIFEM expanded this work through a regional consultation for Africa held in Burundi in July 2006. The Burundi meeting led to the creation of an expert group on the new aid modality, which is now assisting UNIFEM to develop monitoring mechanisms. IGAD is replicating the Burundi consultation in November 2006 as is Ghana for the Anglophone West Africa region.