Gender Budget Watchdog Network

The Centre for Civil Society Promotion (CCSP), together with regional partners – Center for Research and Policy Making from North Macedonia, Gender Alliance for Development Center from Albania,  Kosovo Women’s Network from Kosovo, Women’s Action from Montenegro, Gender Knowledge Hub from Serbia, and Keystone from Moldova, is implementing a three-year project “Gender Budget Watchdog Network in the Western Balkans and the Republic of Moldova”.

The project aims to strengthen the capacity of organizations in the field of gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) and related issues. The project is funded by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

The implementation of the project will contribute to the improvement of participation in politics and budget processes in Southeast Europe and the Republic of Moldova through monitoring and reporting on gender responsive budgeting.

The project intends to:

  • Strengthen the capacity of civil society organizations to use GRB to assess the match between the needs of men and women and the policies and budgets adopted,
  • Develop a network for effective policy advocacy, exchange of knowledge and information, as well as strengthening government accountability,
  • Participation of citizens and contributions to the policy change towards a gender reform of public finances, and
  • Capacity building and research

The current capacities of civil society organizations interested in using GRB in their work will be mapped and a training package will be developed to meet the identified needs. The project will offer an introductory training for civil society organizations on GRB tools. Training is also available for organizations that already have the skills and knowledge to build on their needs. The component includes training and mentoring in the assessment process and reports on gender responsive budget policy.

Network development

Civil society organizations whose GRB capacities will be built will be integrated into a regional network for effective policy making, within which the members will share knowledge and information and work together to build institutional accountability.

Advocating for more gender responsive policies

Through social media, media, and meetings with decision makers, GBWN will involve citizens to contribute to creating a critical point for policy recommendations and budgetary changes that should be proposed and adopted.