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Chapter 3: designing a PRSP workshop.

This chapter is a step by step process of organizing a PRSP workshop. The PRSP process has three stages (design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation) and preparation for each has to be done for the workshop. The workshop participants may be taken through the three stages or some depending on the stage of the in-country PRSP process. If the workshop is before the PRSP is designed, then all three stages have to be covered. To enhance women's participation at each stage calls for the following deliberate steps of preparations:

(a) Technical Preparations

These include what has to be done to ensure the technical delivery at the workshop. At each stage the following are required:

Preparation of the PRSP

1. Avail adequate research findings to inform the design process. The research studies should clearly illustrate what the gender issues that the PRSP should be addressing are. Efforts should be put in exploring the use of national data sets that are available by carrying out gender analyses of the statistics.

2. Study the subject matter for example the macroeconomic framework. It is important to "speak the language" of the stakeholders that one is trying to influence. This has been one of the reasons why the macroeconomic frameworks are gender blind.

3. Use Technical Expertise to guide the process. Employ the services of Gender Technical expertise to ensure that objective research and analyses are done. This is critical to ensure acceptability of the research findings and therefore proposals of the analytical work.

4. Effective Coordination. Agree on a Coordinating Institution(s) for the process. For example, in Uganda this was a shared responsibility between the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development and the National Machinery-the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development.

5. Have a Critical Mass of Gender Advocates. Establish a core team of gender advocates with complementing expertise to enrich the workshop.

6. Prepare Tools to guide the gender advocates. Develop some guiding tools to be applied by the gender advocates. In Uganda, Guidelines for Gender mainstreaming were developed and these had a National Summary Gender Profile with handy statistical data.

The guidelines answered the key guiding questions for gender mainstreaming in the Poverty Eradication Action Plan (PEAP) that doubles as Uganda's PRSP. These were four questions:

* What are the key gender issues in each of the PEAP pillars? (Identification of achievements, challenges and gender gaps)?

* Why and how is the identified gender concern a hindrance to the enjoyment of human rights and sustainable development?

* How can the mentioned gender issue be addressed to benefit women, men, girls and boys?

* What indicators can be used to monitor and evaluate the implementation of actions to address gender inequalities?

7. Prioritize a few high impact areas to make advocacy more focused.

Implementation of the PRSP

* Knowledge of the budgeting process that is influenced by the degree of openness of the national budgeting process. This is critical for identifying entry points as each stage may address different issues.

* Avail gender disaggregated information related to the budget. Effective participation in the budgeting process requires that the gender advocates have had analytical work done aimed at identifying the gender gaps. The question in budgeting processes will be "what is the problem with the current budgetary allocations and why is it an issue? Who is not benefiting and what should be done?

* Avail Tools to guide the gender advocates and other stakeholders. Gender budgeting is complex and requires continued skills development even among the gender advocates. In Uganda, Gender and Equity Manuals were developed for both the Facilitators and Users (sector working groups).

Monitoring and Evaluation

* Avail gender performance indicators to assess achievements. These are critical as their absence renders the whole exercise redundant.

* Avail gender disaggregated data to facilitate the monitoring and evaluation work In many cases many information systems generate data that is not disaggregated to the desirable levels, making tracking progress in addressing gender issues challenging.

* Know the key monitoring and evaluation events. This is important for sharing information and influencing future trends. For example in Uganda, there are semi-annual public expenditure reviews for sectors. At these fora, progress is assessed and stakeholders discuss and agree on future course of action. The gender advocates must have the timetable for such events so as to prepare and effectively participate.

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(b) Administrative preparations

1. Identify appropriate venue

2. Identify the relevant participants for the workshop

3. Post invitations and documents ahead of the workshop

4. Follow up participants with reminders
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Title Annotation:Training Manual: Gender Mainstreaming in the Macroeconomics, Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs) and Budgeting Processes in the Context of the new Aid Modalities
Author:Kakande, Margaret
Publication:Femnet News
Geographic Code:60AFR
Date:Sep 1, 2008
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