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day2The second cluster of the County Governments Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) meeting entered its second day with discussions centered on ways in which Kenya can borrow from countries that already have working Gender Responsive Budgets. The lessons to learn from countries that faced challenges implementing the GRBs were also discussed to help Kenya in its implementation process for the Gender Responsive Budgets.
 
Countries like Australia and Sweden were highlighted especially because of their governments’ overwhelming support of the GRB process and the fact that GRB was anchored in their main budgeting process. High level political leadership, a long term view of the Gender Responsive Budgeting program and continuous training and support of government officers were noted as key elements that brought forth the success of GRB in those countries.
 
In Africa, Morocco was lauded as a champion for Gender Responsive Budgeting and its process of implementation that started as a pilot program in different sectors and its evolving to a GRB success story was emphasized.
 
Lessons learnt from countries included a case study of South Africa where in 1995 a Women’s Budget Initiative was created and it advanced the GRB agenda until key staff left the country and the initiative slowed significantly.  In Tanzania, the success of the GRB process stemmed from the fact that it was the civil societies that fought for it and not the Tanzanian government.
 
The county officials present were challenged to learn from the success stories and the challenges faced by other countries in their implementation of Gender Responsive Budgets in their respective counties. Emphasis on capacity building, monitoring and evaluation through oversight and accountability were made in order to ensure success in the GRB implementation process.
 
The county officials present were challenged to learn from the success stories and the challenges faced by other countries in their implementation of Gender Responsive Budgets in their respective counties. Emphasis on capacity building, monitoring and evaluation through oversight and accountability were made in order to ensure success in the GRB implementation process.
 
This sensitization workshop was held to sensitize County Governments on the importance of Gender Responsive Budgeting having seen a persistence in gender inequality in county budgets