Gender-aware policy appraisalsanalyse
policies and programmes funded through the budget from
a gender perspective by asking if policies and their
associated resource allocations are likely to reduce
or increase gender inequalities. A policy appraisal
starts with a gender-sensitive situation analysis in
the given sector.
- Are policies and programmes based on a gender-aware
situation analysis and do they reflect women/girls
and men/boys different needs and priorities? Are differences
in time use taken into account?
- Is the intra-sectoral allocation of resources coherent
with the different needs and priorities of women/girls
and men/boys in this sector?
- Is the inter-sectoral allocation of resources coherent
with policy commitments aiming at reducing poverty
and achieving gender equality?
- Are programmes and projects funded through the
budget likely to reduce or to increase gender inequalities?
Methodology of a gender aware policy appraisal
The South African Women’s Budget
Initiative has developed a five step approach for doing
a gender aware policy appraisal which is a very useful
Analysis of the situation of women, men, girls
and boys in a given sector.
Assessment of the extent to which policies address
the gendered situation.
Assessment as to whether budget allocations
are adequate, in order to implement gender-responsive
Assessment of short-term outputs of expenditure,
in order to evaluate how resources are actually
spent, and policies and programmes implemented.
Assessment of the long-term outcomes or impact
expenditures might have.
Gender aware policy appraisals can be
carried out by the concerned line ministry, NGOs, research
institutes or academics.
The tool can be used for all sectors and
at different levels.
The tool provides a broad-brush picture
which then needs to be followed up with more detailed
analysis of identified issues.