Gender Responsive and Participatory Budgeting (GRPB)

Local Authorities Targeted Capacity Building Programme on Gender Responsive and Participatory Budgeting (GRPB)

In October 2019, United Cities and Local Governments Asia Pacific (UCLG ASPAC), Penang Women’s Development Corporation (PWDC) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) had signed a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate in improving gender mainstreaming in Malaysia across all levels of government. 

Through this partnership, UCLG ASPAC, PWDC and UN-HABITAT is co-organising a capacity building programme targeting the local authorities from Malaysia and other countries in the Asia-Pacific region with a focus on knowledge sharing of Gender Responsive and Participatory Budgeting (GRPB). GRPB is one of the gender budgeting initiatives contribute to gender mainstreaming by focusing on the gender dimensions of government budgets, both the revenue and the expenditure side. 

Gender budgeting is also one of the accelerators in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030. Penang is the first state in Malaysia to adopt gender budgeting back in 2012 through the flagship pilot project under PWDC. Smart partnership between PWDC and the two local councils namely the Penang Island City Council and Seberang Perai City Council has become the point of reference by the United Nations for the Asia Pacific regions regarding people (women) participation in decision-making of the local government’s public funds. 

Here are the two main objectives of this capacity building programme/series:

  • Increasing awareness on gender equality, and understanding of mechanism and opportunities for inclusive participation in decision-making, related to delivery of public service and resource allocation
  • Introducing best practices and tools to incorporate inclusiveness in projects undertaken by cities and local governments,

The importance of inclusiveness, is therefore the main spotlight for this capacity building programme, not only as reflected in city programmes and projects, but also as represented in decision-making positions at the local government level. In that spirit, the first session was held on the 25th July 2022; an Asia-Pacific Mayors Dialogue on Gender Responsive and Participatory Initiatives. There, city and local governments, officials, experts and practitioners shared tools, lessons learned and best practices of what it means to put gender equality at the local development context to ensure that no one gets left behind.

Articles and documentation are coming soon. Stay tuned.