Economic Development and Research Center (EDRC) and UNIFEM CIS sub-regional office, in order to launch GRB initiatives in Armenia, jointly conducted workshop on Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB).
The participants of the workshop were representatives of relevant ministries, international organizations, leading local and international NGOs, among which were gender NGOs as well, and research institutes.
The programme on promoting GRB approach in the CIS countries presents one of major programme areas of the new UNIFEM CIS sub-regional Strategy for 2008-2009. The programme contributes to strengthening capacities of national partners to apply GRB in the processes of analysis, formulation and monitoring of policies and related budgets on country specific issues. The programme is to be implemented in UNIFEM CIS priority countries, including Armenia.
The workshop was aimed at defining priority areas for GRB in Armenia. It covered the discussion of such issues as “What is Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB)?”, “What is the awareness on GRB among each of the stakeholders (public officials, civil society, others) and their understanding of GRB?”, “What is the level of interest by each of the stakeholders to work towards inclusion of gender perspective in the budget?”, “Which are the strategic sectors, where the gender budgeting concepts should be implemented, based on the obvious links between priority directions of country development and gender equality?” and “Are there any ongoing initiatives by international actors such as WB, IMF, UNDP, NGOs, etc. in relation to the budget (for example, in terms of budget transparency)?”