• Service: Advisory
  • Type: KPMG information
  • Date: 12/19/2013

The Local Government Gender Budgeting Experience 

The Zimbabwe Women’s Resource Centre is an information based organization committed to gender equality and equity. The Organisation promotes women’s rights and empowerment by advocating for social and economic justice in Zimbabwe and globally. ZWRCN has been implementing a national programme on Gender Budgeting and Women’s Empowerment since 1999. The programme aims at promoting the formulation and implementation of national policies and budgets that are pro-poor and sensitive to the needs and priorities of women in particular and other marginalized groups such as people with disabilities, the youth and the elderly. Thus gender budgeting as an approach is designed to mainstream the gender dimension into all stages of the budget cycle; formulation, enactment, implementation and evaluation.
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In 2008, ZWRCN recognized the need to cascade gender budgeting in Zimbabwe from the national level to the local level after the realisation that local government is a crucial institution for change as this is where service delivery occurs, public decisions are made and resources allocated, directly affecting the daily lives of impoverished communities. In support of this project idea, the Department for International Development (DFID) through the Government Transparency Fund (GTF) awarded ZWRCN with a grant of approximately £1.157million towards cascading gender budgeting in six pilot districts in Zimbabwe. The six (6) districts include; Bulawayo, Gweru, Kadoma, Kwekwe, Masvingo and Mutoko.