Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) 2013 Activities

Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) 2013 Activities

“Gender Responsive Budgeting Program” which is part of the United Nations Joint Program for Promoting the Human Rights of Women is run by UN Women to facilitate the service delivery of local governments to become in line with gender responsive budgeting principles via working through a participatory model that includes local authorities, Urban Councils and women’s CSOs. The activities that were carried out in 2013 under the Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) component are as follows:

Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) 2013 Activities



January - May 2013

Needs Assessment, Identification of Target Group and Capacity Assessment

UN Women carried out a detailed needs assessment and capacity evaluation of 11 pilot provinces. The aim of this study was to pinpoint the training needs of local governments in carrying out GRB in their local planning and budgeting processes. As part of this analysis, a survey was carried out among local administrators and a meeting was convened with the participation of representatives of local governments. In addition to these, meetings took place with representatives of various institutions with a stake in GRB execution. Performance documents of pilot provinces were assessed, as well as demographic and other studies related to promoting gender equality.

At the end of these assessments, a detailed needs assessment report was prepared in June 2013.  In the report, training needs of target groups were specified, as well as strengths and weaknesses of each pilot province with respect to implementation of GRB. In line with these recommendations, TCDB training format was re-evaluated.

June - July 2013

Establishment of Baseline and Performance Monitoring Framework

Based on the needs assessment, a baseline, targets and indicators were refined to measure progress. The performance of UN Women will be assessed and reported according to this framework periodically.

9 – 10 September 2013: TBB

26 – 27 October 2013: KSGM

Training of Trainers (ToT)

One of the most important recommendations of Needs Assessment Report was to carry out training of trainers which can assure sustainability of GRB trainings in the future. The main aim of ToTs was to support the creation a pool of trainers within Turkish Union of Municipalities (TBB) and General Directorate of Status of Women (KSGM). UN Women delivered a training to TBB officials on 9-10 September 2013 and a training for KSGM officials on 26-27 October 2013.

During ToTs, topics such as “Basic Concepts and Principles related to GRB”, “Tools for Gender Analysis”, “GRB and Performance Documents”, “GRB in Budgeting and Planning Cycles”, “Implementing GRB” were introduced, as well as a session on how to deliver GRB trainings. With the inquiry of KSGM, a module related to undertaking GRB at central government level was also introduced.

4 – 5 – 6 November 2013

Pilot GRB Training

UN Women undertook its first GRB training in Eskisehir on 4-5-6 November 2013 with the participation of municipal officials, Urban Council, Women’s Assemby, Gender Studies Units of Universities and women’s CSOs. On the first day of trainings, the trainees consisted of members of Urban Council, Women’s Assemby, Gender Studies Units of Universities and women’s CSOs. The trainees discussed what they could do on GRB as outside actors to the budgetary cycle. On the second day, the work involved municipal officials and the trainings consisted of what municipalities could do in terms of GRB. Examples and methodologies were introduced. In the last day of trainings, these two groups were merged and they discussed the concrete steps that could be taken at Eskisehir Metropolitan Municipality. These discussions led to the formulation of a “GRB Draft Roadmap for Eskisehir Metropolitan Municipality”. The last session of the training was also attended by Mayor Yilmaz Buyukersen who was presented this roadmap by participants. Mr. Buyukersen debated on the feasibility of the roadmap, made suggestions, underlined his support and designated personnel who would be in charge of overseeing progress related to undertaking this roadmap. He then gave participants their certificates.

June 2013 – March 2014

Training Design and Development of Training Materials/Education Curricula

UN Women designs all educational materials taking into consideration the needs and capacities of target groups. For this, along with the results of Needs Assessment Report mentioned above, an educational needs assessment is carried out with each target group before the actual training. With the responses received from potential participants, the content of the education is re-evaluated and re-designed.

Trainings consist of the following modules:

  • Introduction to Gender Responsive Budgeting
  • Gender Responsive Budget Analyses and Tools
  • Integrating Gender Responsive Budgeting Principles to Municipal Budgetary Processes
  • Intervention Points in Budgetary Cycle for GRB
  • Planning GRB Works in Municipalities
  • Design, Strategy and Methods for GRB Trainings (only for Training of Trainers)

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