Public servants strengthen capacities on gender responsive budgeting

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Training on Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) for civil servants. Photo: UN Women
Training on Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) for civil servants. Photo: UN Women

A budget is the most comprehensive statement of a government’s social and economic priorities. Mainstreaming gender in budgetary processes is essential for improving the transparency, accountability, effectiveness and efficiency of the management of public expenditure and provides for a more equitable distribution of public finances between women and men. UN Women supports the Government of Georgia to mainstream gender in budgetary processes, including via capacity development interventions on gender responsive budgeting.

As a result of cooperation between UN Women and the Academy of the Ministry of Finance 143 public servants from central and local governments have been trained on gender responsive budgeting in May - July 2022. These trainings are a part of an initiative to strengthen capacity of public servants on gender responsive budgeting nationwide. The trainings help public servants understand the relationship between gender equality, public finance management and good governance, as well as practical application of gender responsive budgeting approaches during the budget cycle. As a result of the initiative, up to 300 public servants at the national and local levels will be capacitated on gender responsive budgeting in Georgia by the end of 2022.

Tariel Chulukhadze, head of the Academy of the Ministry of Finance Academy: “Trainings of this scale for public servants on gender responsive budgeting is being held for the first time in Georgia. We hope that with these efforts we will support integration of gender responsive budgeting in the planning and implementation of policies and budgets in government agencies."

The gender responsive budgeting trainings are conducted via officially accredited training curricula developed by the Academy of the Ministry of Finance with UN Women’s support. In addition to face-to-face trainings, the Academy of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia with UN Women’s support has developed an online training module on gender responsive budgeting. The online training course is currently being piloted and is scheduled to be launched by the end of 2022.

The initiative is supported within the framework of the “Good Governance for Gender Equality in Georgia” project generously funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway.