IREDD Trains Five Civil Society Organizations on Gender Responsive Planning and Budgeting

Monrovia - August 31, 2020

The Institute for Research and Democratic Development, IREDD, in partnership with UN Women, on Thursday August 27, 2020 conducted a three-day capacity building training on gender budget analysis for five civil society organizations made up of local women rights groups and other marginalized communities. The objective of the training was to give participants knowledge and skills to analyze the national budget for its specific support to policies and programs that impact on women, men, boys and girls.

In addition, the training was further aimed at consolidating CSOs’ knowledge on Gender Responsive Planning and Budgeting (GRPB) to equip them with the necessary tools to prepare a Gender Responsive Watchdog report on Government’s appropriations on Education, Health, Access to Justice, Agriculture and Gender.

The training was facilitated by IREDD staff and Co-facilitated by experts from the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and Ministry of Finance and Development Planning. IREDD consultant on GRPB, Ame Atsu David, facilitated parts of the parts of the training.

At the closing phase of the project, IREDD is hopeful that it will provide small grants to participating organizations to enable them do pilot analysis of the National Budget for Fiscal Year 2020/2021.

Organizations attending the training were: Liberia Civil Society Anti-Corruption Coalition (LCACC); Women NGO Secretariat of Liberia (WONGIREDDOSOL); Integrity Watch; Florence A. TOLBERT and the Disabled Advocates Alliance (FATDA); and, Foundation for Community Initiatives (FCI).

The Training was conducted by IREDD through its “Gender Responsive Planning and Budgeting” project with funding from Spotlight Initiative, UN Women and the European Union (EU).