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Mozambique Strengthens its Commitment to Decentralization and Locally-led Inclusive Development with Support from Switzerland and UNCDF

The Government of Mozambique launched a project to channel funding via local governments to promote inclusive development and the decentralisation policy. With support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and technical assistance from UNCDF, the "Support Programme to Local Governments on Financing Local Resilient Development" aims to provide funding for locally led development and inclusive governance in three districts of Niassa Province. A central effort of the programme is capacity building and technical assistance to local authorities so that communities can actively participate in planning, budgeting, and other local governance processes in a gender-sensitive manner.

Author: Helvisney Cardoso
Publisher: UNCDF
Publication Date: 2021
Copyright: UNCDF

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Development Finance for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: A 2021 Snapshot

OECD published an overview of development finance for gender equality and women’s empowerment in light of the COVID-19 crisis. As part of the publication, OECD presents data on bilateral aid to local women’s rights organisations and movements. The analysis is part of OECD Development Co-operation Directorate’s strategic analysis of financial assistance and gender. The findings feed into new guidance on gender equality and women’s empowerment in development co-operation.

Author: OECD DAC NETWORK ON GENDER EQUALITY
Publisher: OECD
Publication Date: 2021
Copyright: OECD

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Gender-sensitive Local Budgeting in Tunisia

The Tunisian NGO Aswat Nissa in partnership with Cities Alliance and Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung conducted a gender-responsive budget analysis in the municipalities Beja and Medenine. The summary report that was part of Cities Alliance’s "Improving gender-mainstreaming within local public policies" programme presents the necessity for local authorities to introduce methods of integrating a gender perspective in annual budgets, as well as for the establishment of consultation mechanisms with civil society organisations.

Authors: Cities for Women Global Programme, Aswat Nissa
Publisher: Cities Alliance
Publication Date: 2021        
Copyright: Cities Alliance

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Understanding Past Experiences to Strengthen Feminist Responses to Crises and Forced Displacement

The Women’s Refugee Commission published a report that provides advice on how to shift to a more inclusive, anti-racist, and feminist humanitarian response to crises and forced displacement. The report was made possible by funding support from the Government of Canada provided through Global Affairs Canada. Key elements of successful humanitarian responses identified included civil society engagement, respecting the expertise of local organisations outside the field of humanitarian aid, and flexible funding options.

Authors: Feminist Humanitarian Network, Mimidoo Achakpa, Cindy Clark, Megan Daigle et al.
Publisher: Women’s Refugee Commission

Publication Date: 2021
Copyright: Women’s Refugee Commission

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Gender Equality and Federalism - Opportunities and Challenges in Multilevel Governance

This publication presents the findings of the Forum of Federations’ Gender Equality and Federalism research project. Initiated in October 2018, and undertaken within the scope of the Forum’s Gender Policy Program, the project investigated the effect that federal and decentralised models of governance have on gender equality dynamics. Through analysing the existing evidence base, it aimed to extract and synthesise key learning to support the development of the knowledge base on gender equality and federal and decentralised governance. It was further designed to provide an empirical foundation upon which the Forum can draw in its governance development activities.

Authors: Christine Forster
Publisher: Forum of Federations
Publication Date: 2020
Copyright: Forum of Federations

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Decentralized Governance to Reinforce Women’s Political Participation in the MENA Region

This blog article analyses the obstacles to women’s political participation in the MENA region and how the mechanisms of decentralised and multilevel governance can better support their political participation.

Authors: Ève Beauchamp          
Publisher: Forum of Federations
Publication Date: 2021
Copyright: Forum of Federations
                                                                           

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Forum of Federations Webinar: Gender Equality and Federalism

In this webinar, the Forum of Federation launched its Report on Gender Equality and Federalism. The Report examines the complex gender dynamics in federal and decentralized countries and identifies the advantages and limitations that multilevel systems present in the context of advancing gender equality in critical areas of women’s lives. Christine Forster presented the main findings and recommendations derived from her analysis.

Publisher: Forum of Federations
Publication Date: 2020
Copyright: Forum of Federations

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Podcast on Gender Equality (Abstracts and Links to Recording)

In Episode One in the Gender Equality Series, the Forum of Federations speaks with experts from Australia, Ethiopia, Switzerland, Canada and Brazil on the impact of federal and decentralised governance on gender equality. The advantages and disadvantages of these systems is explored comparatively to gain an understanding on how gender equality can further be supported in these governance systems. 

In the second episode, the second in the gender equality series, the Forum of Federations speaks with experts on factors impacting women’s political representation and participation in federal countries. Topics discussed include the role of men and boys in fostering gender equality and the relationship between economic empowerment and gender equality.

In this third and final episode of the gender equality series, the Forum of Federations speaks with experts about gender equality and governance in development assistance, and the work being undertaken around the world to empower women and girls. Topics discussed include the relationship between gender equality and development assistance, the approaches and achievement of Canada and Switzerland’s work in the area, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global gender equality.

Publisher: Forum of Federations
Publication Date: 2021
Copyright: Forum of Federations

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Forum Occasional Papers Series 14: Decentralization and Gender Equity

This paper explores the gender dynamics of decentralisation in developing and transitioning countries. The first section defines decentralisation and outlines the potential benefits and accompanying challenges. The second section explores trends in decentralisation in several countries around the world. The third section examines the role of women in decentralisation. The fourth section identifies the barriers women face when trying to enter the political arena. The fifth section identifies some of the efforts around the world that have been used to reduce these barriers. The final section concludes the paper.

Authors: Enid Slack, Zachary Spicer, Makram Montacer
Publisher: Forum of Federations
Publication Date: 2014
Copyright: Forum of Federations

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A Decade of Urban Resilience

In this publication, the UNDP and ODI analyse urban risk and resilience-related policies, frameworks, and flagship programmes. They found that only few initiatives have taken a people-centred approach while, geographically, most focus on the GLobal North. The study outlines opportunities and priorities for UNDP engagement on urban resilience and risk management.

Authors: Y. Cao, E. Wilkinson, L. Pettinotti, S.  Colenbrander, E. Lovell
Publisher: UNDP
Publication Date: 2022
Copyright: UNDP

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