The Management Agency provides training on GRB

The Management Agency has provided training on Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) to selected SAIPs and Wereda Coordinators on August 7, 2014. 
A country’s budget allocation system affects every citizen, more importantly women. In advancing gender equality therefore, it’s vital that all policies and budgeting systems are not gender blind in devising their implementation frameworks. As part of an effort to help NGOs integrate gender focused budgeting system in their programs, the Management Agency has introduced updated tools of gender responsive budgeting in the training that was held in Addis Ababa on August 7, 2014. 

Lucia Nass, a Social Accountability expert, leads the Capacity Development and Training Team at the Management Agency. She said the training that involved about six SAIPs and Wereda coordinators was held following a request by SAIPs for a step by step guidance on how to use gender responsive budgeting tools in their respective programs. Explaining the overall content of the training, Lucia says, “We are doing a little bit of refreshment on why gender responsive budgeting is important and then we want SAIPs to look at case studies from other countries so that they can see if they use GRB, what the result can be. So that’s a good way of learning. And thirdly, they will apply the steps to their own projects. So it’s going to be very practical. At the end of the day, they can really know what to do step by step to make sure gender becomes a part of their work and that government services have good effects for women as well as for men.”
A participant from the Addis Development Association (ADV), Ato Furgassa Chalchisa, said “We have learned how to devise a gender sensitive budgeting system for our programs and how to simultaneously incorporate this concept and social Accountability in our projects.” 

Ato Solomon Tefera, program manager at the Network of Ethiopian Women Association (NEWA), one of the 49 implementing partners of the Management Agency, is another participant. He said the training will help enhance the knowledge of people working on gender related issues. “This training is instrumental in a sense that we are working on gender sensitive programs in our implementation areas. Program and wereda Coordinators are participating in this training so it will equip them with the necessary knowledge and understanding on GRB”. 
Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) is a means of integrating a gender dimension into all steps of the budget process. This ensures that budget policies can take into consideration the gender dimension in the society and can stop direct and indirect discrimination against either women or men. It’s about taking into account the different needs and priorities of both women and men without gender exclusivity. Gender responsive budgeting ensures that budgets are gender sensitive, not neutral.