IDEP trains policymakers in gender-responsive economic policy formulation

Dakar,  Senegal, December 15 (IDEP) - The African Institute for Economic Development  and  Planning  recently  organized  a  course  for  senior and mid-level  African  policymakers  to  equip  them  with  relevant tools and knowledge  on  how  to  mainstream  gender into socio-economic policies and national budgets.

The  course,  titled  Gender-Responsive  Economic  Policy  Management,  saw government   officials  from  planning  and  sectoral  ministries  from  21 Francophone  and  Anglophone African countries from the five sub-regions of

the   continent  attending  to  horn  their  skills  in  how  to  formulate gender-responsive policies.

The course ran from 14 to 25 November, 2016.

IDEP Director,  Ms. Karima Bounemra Ben Soltane, addressed participants at the  end of the training, stressing the importance for African countries to mainstream gender in all sectoral policies. This, she said, would help them achieve their national development objectives.

She said many African countries were failing to translate strong economic performances  into  social dividends, adding some have also been struggling to  strengthen  national  capacities to evaluate policies and take adequate corrective measures.

Ms.  Soltane said the course is important as it helped improve the capacity of African policymakers in the art of mainstreaming gender into socio-economic policies and national budgets.

“We  need  more  experts  in  the area of gender-responsive economic policy management  in  our  governments  across  the continent because we know the benefits of doing so are immense,” she said.

Representing Ms.  Mariama  Sarr,  Senegal’s  Minister  of Women’s Affairs, Family and Childhood, Mr. Omar Samb, the Director of Projects Evaluation in the  ministry,  said  African  countries,  Senegal  included, had committed themselves  to  empowering women and protecting women rights over the years through various regional and international protocols and conventions.

He  said  gender  equality was high on the international development agenda with   several   Sustainable  Development  Goals  (SDGs)  promoting  gender equality,  including  equal  access  of  men  and women to social services, economic opportunities and labour markets.

Mr. Samb  said  Senegal  is  implementing its National Strategy for Gender Equality  and  Equity  which  aims  to  consolidate all actions designed to promote gender equality in the country for the period 2015-2025.

A representative of the participants expressed the trainees’ gratitude to IDEP for organizing what they said was an important course that will help them  in formulating and implementing economic policies designed to support the structural transformation process in the 21 participating countries.

The  course,  he said, enabled participants to share experiences and deepen their  knowledge of gender issues, adding it had successfully equipped them with  the  tools  to  mainstream  gender  in  policies and budgets in their respective countries.

Members of the Diplomatic  corps commended IDEP for organizing what they described  as ‘a relevant and much-needed’ course for the benefit  of  the  continent’s  decision-makers.  Participants were awarded certificates of achievement at the end of the training.