Policy and budget makers need to know if public money
is spent in a way that meets citizens needs and fulfills
their demands in respect of quality. A gender aware
beneficiary assessment is a tool that aims to gather
information on the views of the actual and potential
users of publicly provided services. Beneficiary assessments
might thus help to provide information as to whether
money is spent on the right activities. It asks if the
services that are funded through public expenditures
are in line with people’s priorities and address
people’s needs. Because women and men often have
different priorities and needs due to their social roles
in society, they might have different perceptions as
to what is useful. It is therefore important that their
voices are heard equally and that their priorities and
concerns are considered on equal terms.
- Do public services address women’s/girls’
and men’s/boys’ different needs and priorities?
Methodology of a gender disaggregated
Beneficiary assessments can apply both
quantitative and qualitative methods to collect information
on the perceptions and experiences of users of public
services. Ideally a beneficiary assessment should also
cover those who have not used the services but might
have been expected to. If face-to-face interviews are
used, informants should if at all possible be interviewed
by someone of the same sex as themselves. Some beneficiary
assessments focus only on one type of service, e.g.
health-related. Others cover a range of different services,
for example all those provided by local government.
Agencies within the government or groups
within civil society.
This tool can be applied to any sector
which delivers services. If it covers multiple sectors,
it can provide information as to whether intra-sectoral
prioritization is in line with the needs of women, men,
girls and boys in the community.
A gender aware beneficiary assessment
may involve quite time consuming and labor-intensive