Experts Meeting on Gender Mainstreaming of Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs) in Selected African Countries: Proceedings
Publisher: United Nations Development Fund for Women
Publication Date: Mar 2003
Through presentations and working groups, participants from governments, civil society and donor agencies explored conceptual issues around gender and poverty, how to engender Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and the extent to which gender-sensitive budget initiatives are integrated into these. The key recommendations on how to better mainstream gender concerns into PRSPs include a call to find conceptual clarity on the relationship between poverty and gender. This means taking a fresh look at terms such as ?female-headed households?, ?vulnerable groups? and ?empowerment?. Given the close link between PRSPs and MDGs, advocacy is needed with stakeholders to ensure they understand how important it is to both engender the MDGs and promote gender equality as an MDG goal in itself. The need to strengthen capacity included developing the capacity of Ministries of Gender to participate in macroeconomic policy formulation as well as developing the capacity of Ministries of Finance to appreciate the importance of gender to their work.