Finance for development

Often assumed to be a ‘gender neutral’ arena, economic policies in fact have significant potential to worsen or improve gender inequalities. Achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls is essential to achieve equitable sustainable growth and development. All over the world, women and men tend to have different economic roles and responsibilities, as well as different access to productive resources. In most cases, women tend to be at a disadvantage.

Most governments have expressed a commitment to gender equality goals but there are often inconsistencies between policy statements and the ways in which public finances are raised and spent. Most governments have also expressed a commitment to greater transparency and accountability. Participation and consultation in the formulation of a country’s budget is still often limited, however, so that the different priorities of women are not fully reflected in the way finances are actually allocated and used.

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UN Women

Financing For Gender Equality is UN Women's dedicated website, including a range of useful resources. It argues that chronic underinvestment in programmes that tackle the structural causes and consequences of gender inequality in areas including unpaid care work, violence against women, health, education, and peace and security, is one significant reason for limited progress.

Overseas Development Institute 

ODI's Centre for Aid and Public Spending works to shape the agenda for international development assistance, as well as efficient and effective public spending for development at country level.

Gender dimensions of expenditure and revenue policy and systems

This BRIDGE brief discusses the gender dimensions of both the design and implementation of fiscal policies with the aim of identifying approaches that are likely to advance equality between different groups of women and men. It examines how public money can be collected and used in more gender equitable ways, covering taxation and expenditure, gender inclusive public finance management and implementation, revenue administration systems and finance reforms. Recommendations are divided into those around policies, systems, evidence and actors.

Making financing for development work for gender equality: What is needed at Addis and beyond

This briefing from the Gender and Development Network considers the gender dimensions of financing development from three sources: domestic revenue (for example taxation), official development assistance and private financing. It also considers the importance of women's rights organisations, which with the right funding and support, can be a vital catalyst for realising gender equality.

Policy recommendations: Financing for development

This short briefing contains recommendations on financing for development from representatives of African women's rights organisations, trade unions and civil society organisations. It calls for models of financing underpinned by principles of economic and social justice with a gender responsive approach. It also makes a series of demands and recommendations on financing for development.

Gender Updates

Gender and Financing for Development
July 2015 : #111
The Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) will bring together high level political representatives, non-governmental organisations and business sector stakeholders.