Budget Call Circulars and Gender Budget Statements in the Asia Pacific

Authors/editor(s): Debbie Budlender

The terms of reference for the assignment note that more than 90 countries have engaged in gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) worldwide, of which more than a quarter are found in the Asia Pacific region. The source cited for this estimate in fact refers to both Asia-Pacific and Arab states. It lists the relevant countries as follows: Afghanistan, Bangladesh Cambodia, China, Egypt, Fiji, Indonesia, India, Jordan, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Syria, Thailand, Tunisia, Vietnam and Yemen. The number for Asia Pacific is thus slightly less than 22 (quarter of 90) as this list includes several Arab states. However, the list excludes some further countries – Australia, Bhutan, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, South Korea and Timor Leste – that have done GRB work. The exclusion of these countries is, in part, explained by the fact that UN Women does not have a presence in all countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

The review focuses on budget call circulars and gender budget statements. The terms of reference call for a “comprehensive review of the different ways in which governments have engendered the budget circulars/call circulars and the frameworks they have adopted for the gender budget statements.” The review was to do this, among others, by identifying what information is, and is not, provided in the different frameworks. To the extent possible, the review was to assess the extent to which the use of “engendered” call circulars and gender budget statements has contributed to improved gender equality outcomes.

Virtually all countries should have a budget call circular or equivalent document that instructs government agencies how to submit their annual budget bids. However, not all call...

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Bibliographic information

Geographic coverage: Asia and the Pacific

Subject area(s): Gender-responsive budgeting; Governance and national planning

Resource type: Research and programme

Publication year: 2016

Number of pages: 58