Programme of the Gender Responsive Budgeting

The Gender Responsive Budgeting  symposium targeting Public Administration, CSOs, Politicians, Researchers and General publics.

Dates: 25th to 26th June 2015.

Venue: Shalom House, St. Daniel Comboni Road, Off Ngong Road behind St. Vincent Paloti Catholic Church.

The themes to be addressed among other issues include

  1. Does gender mainstreaming capacity building impact gender responsiveness in organizations?
  2. Current gender policies with special respect to budget provisions
  3. Public budgeting processes and budgets with respect to encouraging women participation and addressing issues of concern to them
  4. Discussing approaches to social accountability and public expenditure tracking in the counties
  5. Government’s (national and counties) role in ensuring gender responsive budgeting, reducing gender inequalities and promoting women’s rights
  6. Networking among GRB actors

The timetable

Day 1

8.30 Session 1: Preliminaries

8.30-9.00 Registration

9.00-9.10 Prayers

9.10-9.30 Introduction

9.30 -10.30 Introductory speeches and introduction of the Gender responsive budgeting concept

10.30-11.00 Break

11.00-12.00 Session 2: Does gender mainstreaming capacity building impact gender responsiveness in organizations?

  • What is Gender Mainstreaming
  • Does capacity building promote positive impacts for gender mainstreaming?: A case study of Kenya Peace Network (KPN)
  • How is gender mainstreaming constructed in Kenya?
  • Identifying and addressing obstacles against gender mainstreaming

12.00-13.00 Session 3; Analyzing current gender policies with special respect to GRB

  • Brief introduction to Policy Analysis
  • A brief overview of gender related policies
    • Policy guidelines and Acts of parliament review
    • Policy Gaps and implementation gaps (ideal vs reality dynamics)
  • Highlighting advocacy issues

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.00 Session 3: Analysis of the public budgeting processes and budgets with respect to gender I

  • Introduction to the Public Budgeting Process
  • A birds overview of the county budgets and gender specific provisions
  • Encouraging women participation to raise issues of concern to them

15.00-16.00 Session 4: Analysis of the public budgeting processes and budgets with respect to gender I

  • Review of how community sectors that are incorporated to the budget process (CSOs, Industries, Families, Education and Health)
  •  Experience of GRB, Best practices in counties and sub-counties

Day 2:

Session 5: Preliminaries

8.30-9.00 Prayers

8.00-9.30 Recap and matters arising from day 1

9.30-10.30 Public Finance

  • Brief overview of Public finance
    • Tax
    • Fees and levies
    • Borrowing,
    • Grants and Aid
  • Introduction of Public expenditure review

10.30 to 11.00 Tea Break

11.00-13.00 Session 6: Social accountability tools to promote Transparency and accountability

    • —Participatory budgeting
    • —Independent budget analysis
    • —Expenditure tracking (PETS)
    • —Participatory monitory performance
    • Discussing approaches to social accountability and public expenditure tracking in the counties

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.00 Government’s (national and counties) role in ensuring gender responsive budgeting,

  • —Efforts to reducing gender inequalities
  • Engendering macroeconomic policy particularly fiscal policy
  • Financing gender related policy commitments
  • Enhancing participation of women in public interest processes
  • Issues for advocacy

15.00-15.30 Formulating Agenda for Networking among GRB actors

Participation fee is Kshs 5,000

Welcome to the Symposium on Gender Responsive Budgetting

Venue: Shalom House

Dates: 25th to 26th June 2015

The symposium on Gender Responsive Budgeting will take place in Shalom House along St. Daniel Comboni Road off Ngong Road in Nairobi Kenya on 25th to 26th June 2015. The symposium will begin at 8.30 am and end at 4.00 pm for each day.

The sysmposium addresses challenges of feminization of poverty as a result of equity problems. It intends to increase gender equality and equity within the development space in Kenya’s counties by specifically focusing on the  public budgets and gender specific policies. Equity problems in most cases occur due to the fact that, people at the cracks of the society are not brought to the core. If this situation is perpetuated, the people at the periphery  eventually get forgotten. It is in this light that we focus on gender responsive budgeting,a process that is inclusive and ensures that the budget meets the micro-individual variations prevalent in the society. At the same time, it considers the needs of women who bear the great burden in their families, the micro societal units.

Part of the  challenge posed by the equity problem as far as budgeting with respect to gender concerns, is due to the fact that women do not participate in the budgeting process. The symposium will help in the analysis of impediments to women’s participation in popular processes. It also aims at discussing impediments to women’s participation in public interest and development processes. A highlight will be made on how women can strategically approach the electioneering period in 2017 as a way of addressing the equity challenge.

The following will form the gist of the topics during the symposium:

1. Does gender mainstreaming capacity building impact gender responsiveness in organizations? A case study of Kenya Peace Network (KPN)

2. Analysing current gender policies with special respect to GRB

3. Analysis of the public budgeting processes and budgets with respect to encouraging women participation and issues of concern to them

4. Discussing approaches to social accountability and public expenditure tracking in the counties

5. Government’s (national and counties) role in ensuring gender responsive budgeting, reducing gender inequalities and promoting women’s rights

6. Networking among GRB actors

The participation fee for the symposium is Kshs, 5000. For further information please contact us at consolationeastafrica@gmail.com or call us at 0720812638. Please follow us on twitter @consafri and facebook https://www.facebook.com/consolation.afrika?fref=ts for more updates.