Kazakhstan’s civil servants learn gender responsive budgetingJul 10, 2017
July 10, 2017, Astana – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) together with the “Financial Academy” JSC with the support of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has held a one-day seminar on Gender Responsive Budgeting for the representatives of NGOs, civil servants, and the members of Kazakhstan’s Parliament.
The seminar was conducted by the world's leading expert in gender budgeting, Reina Ichii, professor at the Australian University and consultant of the Japan International Cooperation Agency, and by Natalia Korzhova, PhD in Economics, Kazakhstan’s former Minister of Finance, currently working as the President of the Financial Academy.
The purpose of this seminar is to improve the quality of planning and budget analysis in Kazakhstan.
The seminar enabled the participants to get acquainted with the main approaches to gender responsive budgeting and take part in interactive work in groups to prepare draft budgets, based on the knowledge and skills obtained during the seminar.
“Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls is a standalone target in the Sustainable Development Goals agenda. Attaining this goal requires vigorous efforts on many levels,” said UNDP Deputy Resident Representative Munkhtuya Altangerel.
“Budgeting which considers women’s needs and enables their equal participation in social, economic and political life of a country is a practical instrument to help promote women’s rights and opportunities, and achieve gender equality,” she said.
The United Nations Development Programme actively supports gender equality, as it is the most effective way of promoting peace and security, leading to social and economic growth. The introduction of gender responsive budgeting will increase the capacity of public sector workers in promoting gender-related approach in public programmes, as well as benefit from implementing gender analysis to improve public policy.
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