Gender Responsive Budgeting

27 November-11 December 2019 (E051119) | Register for this course (opens in new window)
Instructor: Maja Bosnic

Gender responsive budgeting is a tool to ensure that gender equality commitments are reflected and realised in public budgets. Since the 1990s, gender budgeting is increasingly used in developed and developing countries by different actors (ministries of finance, line ministries, NGOs, gender advocates and universities) to assess impact of government expenditures on citizens, women and men, and to transform budget programmes to target priority needs and close gender gaps. This e-learning course introduces participants to the concept, principles, tools and practical examples of gender responsive budgeting (GRB) and how to use it. Starting with basics of gender equality principles, through public budgets and budgetting the course discusses how best to combine gender knowledge with knowledge of public finance to achieve de-facto gender equality and effective use of budget funds. The course will also cover different examples and case studies to show variety of approaches in GRB around the world. Through case studies, it will also look at how practitioners can use GRB tools to analyse existing budget programs and provide recommendations for improvement of the programmes to better target the needs of all.

Participants will engage in several practical exercises to think critically about how they can use GRB effectively in different contexts.

Course structure

This course involved three 90-minute webinars, reading materials, and a final assignment, and is offered over a three-week period. The webinars take place on Wednesday, 27 November 2019 from 14h00-15h30 UTC/GMT; Wednesday, 4 December 2019 from 14h00-15h30 UTC/GMT; and Wednesday, 11 December 2019 from 14h00-15h30 UTC/GMT (check your time zone off-set). The webinars will also be recorded. Students who successfully complete the final assignment will receive a Certificate of Participation.

Course outline

Week 1: Basics of gender responsive budgeting - gender equality, neutrality of a budget, how to link the two (gender and budgets) Week 2: GRB actors, approaches and tools, international examples and case studies Week 3: GRB approaches and tools, practical work on gender analysis of budgets

About the instructor: Maja Bosnic

Maja BosnicMaja Bosnic is a Team Leader for the SIDA funded project “Gender Responsive Budgeting in Ukraine” implemented by Niras-Indevelop. The five-year project is one of the biggest global cooperations with the Ministry of Finance to introduce gender responsive budgeting in public finance management reform process. Maja is an economist, specialised in public finance management and gender responsive budgeting (GRB) and has worked in the transitional countries of Southeastern Europe (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Macedonia, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania), the Caribbean and Ukraine. She was engaged in number of public finance management and GRB related reforms working directly with ministries of finance, multiple line ministries and civil society organisations. Working with IMF CARTAC, she provided suggestions for inclusion of gender equality aspect in budget manuals for Caribbean countries. As a civil society and GRB adviser for the DfID-funded project "Strengthening Public Expenditure Management" in BiH, she was the lead author of the "Citizen's Guide to Budget" (BiH, 2010), and co-author of the "Handbook for Successful Cooperation with Parliament for Citizens" (BiH, 2010). She was part of pioneer initiatives to introduce GRB in Southeastern Europe working with UN Women, and coordinated preparation of the first "GRB Textbook for Universities" for the region. Maja is an experienced trainer and delivered over 200 trainings on performance budgeting and gender responsive budgeting.


Tuition fee: € 105 (€ 125 after 1 September 2019). Payments can be made online with major credit cards (American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa), PayPal and bank transfer. Bulk rates are available. Payments are due upon registration.

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