UN Women Regional Programme “Promoting Gender-Responsive Policies”: Results

The UN Women Regional Programme on “Promoting Gender Responsive Policies in South East Europe and the Republic of Moldova” helps central and local governments implement their gender equality commitments by fully integrating gender-responsive budgeting into national and local planning and budgeting systems. It also aims to develop the capacity of non-governmental actors to use gender-responsive budgeting as a tool to hold governments accountable for gender equality commitments. This multi-country programme, which covers activities in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia[1]and the Republic of Moldova, encourages sub-regional cooperation and the exchange of innovative gender-responsive budgeting ideas and good practices. The regional programme is financially supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the Austrian Development Cooperation

UN Women Regional Programme: Key Achievements

  • The first gender-responsive budgeting strategy was adopted in the Western Balkans through UN Women’s regional programme. Eleven ministries and 24 municipalities have conducted gender analyses in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*.
  • After adopting a methodology for gender-responsive budgeting, the Government of fYR Macedonia made related budget circular provisions applicable to all central institutions. Reporting templates under the Law on Equal Opportunities between women and men require institutions to report on gender-responsive budgeting initiatives. Over 400 civil servants, 100 parliamentarians and 100 civil society representatives have undergone training on integrating gender into policy planning and budgeting processes. Programmes in 10 ministries have been subject to gender analyses.
  • Seven municipalities in fYR Macedonia have applied gender-responsive budgeting and introduced funded gender equality measures in local programmes. These cover issues from local economic development to social protection to communal services. Tailored training and mentoring provided by UN Women helped local governments introduce new techniques.
  • A requirement for engendering financial management systems in Albania stemmed from a close partnership between UN Women and Ministry of Finance. Ten ministries have now committed to setting aside a dedicated budget to achieve gender equality targets. The mandatory collection of sex-disaggregated data, a measure advocated by UN Women, has produced increasing demand for collection and use in sectors such as employment, social care, social inclusion, vocational education, entrepreneurship, trade, justice and property reforms.
  • Seven major municipalities in Albania have used gender-responsive budgeting to boost housing support for widows and women heads of household, increase assistance to survivors of gender-based violence, extend economic aid for families in need and develop a multifunctional sports centre for girls and boys.

*fYR Macedonia in all subsequent references