A Workshop on Monitoring and Evaluation of Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) Implementation

The Management Agency of ESAP2 held a workshop on monitoring and evaluation of Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) implementation, for 7 GRB implementing SAIPs on September 17, 2015 at the MA office. The objective of the workshop is to provide orientation to SAIP project coordinators and M&E officers on how to conduct monitoring and evaluation of GRB implementation in coordination with other SA tools. 

Participants were briefed on gender disaggregated beneficiary assessment and role in monitoring and evaluation and how to develop a checklist and integrate it with M&E of the program. The participants shared their experiences on GRB implementation, lessons learnt, opportunities and challenges as well as gender issues incorporated in the respective Joint Action Plans due to GRB process. 

Tadelech Debele, ESAP2’s GRB consultant, revised the steps of GRB tool implementation procedure for participants. Subsequent to the training, Tadelech said, “It was a really good learning consultative workshop. Service improvements in gender perspective have been seen during the experience sharing held by GRB SAIPs. We have now reached equal footing on how to conduct gender disaggregated beneficiary assessment.” One of the participants, Mesfin Kassa, the focal person of Rift Valley Children and Women Development Organization (RCWDO), said “We have seen how to evaluate our future performances in relation with Social Accountability. I have clearly understood about gender disaggregated assessment and my knowledge of integrating GRB tools with SA tools such as Community Report Card (CRC) and Community Score Card (CSC) is more enhanced.” Feven Araya from Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association (EWLA) is another participant. She said, “We have not yet implemented GRB. Today, we had the platform to share experiences from other GRB implementing SAIPs. I have seen how to address and analyze gender sensitive issues.” 
The workshop which lasted for one day, involved project staff from Amhara Development Association (ADA), Addis Development Vision (ADV), Action for Self-Reliance (AFSR), Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association (EWLA), Rift Valley Children and Women Development Organization (RCWDO), The Network of Ethiopian Women’s Association (NEWA) and Relief Society of Tigray (REST).