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ABOUT THE NIGERIA GENDER BUDGET NETWORK


BACKGROUND
The launch of the Nigeria Gender Budget Network in September 2004 was facilitated by the Centre for Democracy & development and UNIFEM based on both organizations’ respective histories in the area of gender aware training and advocacy.

The network is a civil society led initiative but is modeled to partner with the parliament as well as to have some local government level focus. Also identified, as key allies in this process are members of the academia as well as other relevant state institutions and agencies. Currently, the network is made up of forty-five representatives from all the categories mentioned above, and there are attempts going on to expand the membership of the network. The work methodology of the network revolves around research, advocacy, enlightenment, training and sensitization, with key committees built around these areas. Presently, the network is structured to accommodate a secretariat: (Abuja office of the Centre for Democracy and Development) and an interim steering committee: Global rights Partners for Justice, LEDAP, GADA, GDI, WEP and CISCOPE.

GOAL:
Achieving gender equity through a participatory budgetary process by ensuring that the voice of the network influences policy formulation

PROGRAMMATIC STRATEGY:
Sustained advocacy and lobby with respective focus on specific sectors. Impact will be measured against the attainment of the millennium development goals and specifically around the following Objectives:
· To mainstream gender into policy and budgetary process
· To build and empower a critical mass of stake holders to influence the budgetary process
· To strengthen the capacity of the Gender Budget Network to engage with the policy space on Gender Budgeting
· To carry out evidenced based advocacy to influence the Budget process
· To build broad alliances with national and international partners to ensure sustainability

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  • Africa
  • Feb 23, 2005
  • English

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