GRBI - Synergies and Collaborative Efforts

The GRBI project has been intensively involved in working and collaborating with a number of government and civil society institutions, in introducing the concept of gender budgeting in their on-going activities. These interactions with a variety of stakeholders and players will eventually lead to GRB becoming an accepted and respected form of raising issues of gender equality and empowerment. Some of the collaborations are highlighted below:

The Commonwealth Secretariat (ComSec) is one of the leading international voices on gender equality and it has been extensively involved in gender responsive budgeting work in many countries. After due discussions with Gender Unit/GRBI, ComSec has decided to collaborate with Gender Unit/GRBI to undertake activities in the Education sector in the province of Sindh. A detailed work plan with budget has been prepared and agreed upon by UNDP, ComSec and GRBI. The Govt. of Sindh has also agreed to the proposed intervention and the concerned departments in Sindh i.e. Education Department, Finance Department and District Government Jacobabad, Sindh have nominated their focal persons. A Cost sharing agreement has also been signed for the purpose.
In order to build consensus on gender responsive budgeting, the GRBI project has entered into a strategic alliance with the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) Secretariat. As part of supporting PRSP secretariat in developing PRSP II document, GRBI developed a series of papers which included:
- How gender-responsive budgeting can contribute to the PRSP
- PRSP - Monitoring Indicators for Gender
- PRSP - MDGs and Gender
As a result of these efforts, the draft document of PRSP II reflects an enhanced scope and coverage of gender responsive budgeting thus supporting the process of mainstreaming GRB in PRSP.

The Aga Khan Rural Support Program (AKRSP) is a leading organization for community development in the Northern Areas of Pakistan with a widespread network. AKRSP has decided to launch gender responsive budgeting in the Northern Areas with the technical support of GRBI. Incidentally, AKRSP's staff member in charge of this initiative is GRBI's trained master trainer. This is a source of great pride for GRBI that its trained personnel are being utilized to explore and implement their training in far-reaching areas of Pakistan.

With the support of the project, Social Policy Development Centre (SPDC) has incorporated gender analysis in its 'Annual Budget Review 2006'. As the 'Annual Budget Review' is a regular annual publication of SPDC which critically analyze the current budget, incorporation of gender aspect would go a long way in practice of looking at the budgets from a gender lens by an independent research institute.
The Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (PILDAT) is an independent, non-partisan and not-for-profit research and training institution which has been actively involved in building the capacities of Parliamentarians. As a result of synergies, GRBI supported and conducted an awareness raising session 'Demystifying the Budget and a gender-based analysis of the Budget' as part of parliamentary development course organized by the PILDAT. Further, a briefing paper for Parliamentarians, scribed by National Expert GRBI, was also prepared for PILDAT.
Decentralization Support Program (DSP), is currently working on fiscal decentralization as well as on a gender reform program at the national level. As a result of synergies, GRB concept material has been incorporated in the DSP's Training Manual for Nazims and Naib Nazims of local governments which would help in awareness raising at the local level.
The Medium Term Development Framework Secretariat was provided with the Gender Aware Policy Appraisal reports by GRBI. With due acknowledgment the reports have been used as one of the sources for drawing up the official 'Ministry Strategic Review' reports of Ministry of Education and Health. These reports will help in facilitating the engendering process of the relevant ministries.
Coordination with Gender Support Program (GSP) Projects: GRB concept material was provided to the Women's Political School, a sister UNDP gender project which has been incorporated in their training manual for women councilors. This help in widespread awareness raising of the basic concept of GRB at the local level amongst women councilors. Suggestions for amendments in the social sector PC I were shared with the Gender Mainstreaming in P&DD project which are being used by the project to gender sensitize the officials of Planning and Development Division/Departments