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Promoting gender equality in new aid modalities and partnerships

Publisher: United Nations Development Fund for Women
Publication Date: Jan 2006
As efforts intensify to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, developed and developing countries have committed themselves to new partnerships and aid modalities. This new aid architecture is designed to align aid to nationally-determined development priorities, to pool diverse aid sources into direct support to the national budget or to particular sectors, and to ensure greater stability in aid flows. The tracking of results-based aid at the country level is to be carried out through transparent and monitorable country performance assessment frameworks. However, none of the assessment tools incorporate elements to monitor gender and social equity. Acknowledgement of the limitations of the indicators that are currently in place does, however, open up opportunities to incorporate gender equality into the indicators of good performance. For example, gender-sensitive indicators can be introduced in country policy matrices and poverty reduction strategy frameworks, and can also be introduced within budget frameworks. This paper proposes that, to support gender equality, the new aid architecture should include accountability systems for governments and donors to track their contributions to gender equality. Gender-sensitive progress assessments, performance monitoring and indicators for aid effectiveness are also recommended. This paper came out of a November 2005 international consultation in Brussels organised by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the European Commission.