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Training on Gender Responsive Budget Development in Lumajang District

Bappeda of Lumajang district, with assistance from USAID IUWASH PLUS, conducted a training on how to develop gender responsive budget in Lumajang on February 19–20, 2019.

The training aimed to improve the capacity of the Lumajang district government staff in formulating gender responsive plan and budget. More than 40 people representing Sekda (the regional secretary), Bappeda, and 20 sub-district governments in Lumajang district participated in the training.

The training began with a discussion on gender concept, gender inequalities, and gender responsive plan. From the discussion, the participants also learned how to mainstream gender into strategic plan.

In addition, through the training, the participants also learned how to apply the Gender Responsive Budgeting tools, which include Gender Analysis Pathway (GAP), Gender Budget Statement (BGS), and Terms of Reference (TOR) to develop a gender responsive budget for their own DPA (Dokumen Pelaksana Anggaran/Budget Implementation Plan). From this exercise, the participants realize that in general the DPAs do not have gender dis-aggregated data which are required for gender gap analysis.

“[When we] work, we should achieve clear outputs [including gender mainstreaming into the programs], instead of just fulfilling responsibility to implement budget and activity plan (RKA),” said Meylia Ernasiwi, a staff of Social Culture Division of Bappeda Lumajang district.

This training resulted in several action plans, among others are the plans for (1) OPDs (local government working units) to submit the gender disaggregated data to Bappeda by March 5, 2019; (2) sub-district governments to collect gender dis-aggregated data from each activity; (3) the OPDs submit their respective GAP, GBS, and TOR by March 11, 2019; (4) respective strategic plans need to be reviewed to ensure that they are gender responsive; (5) the OPDs to develop a budget responsive gender for each activity of a program, while sub-district government only need to prepare the gender responsive budget for a program; and (6) the OPDs that do not develop budget responsive data will not receive funding.

USAID IUWASH PLUS will support Bappeda to monitor the action plan implementation and advocate decision makers to support gender mainstreaming into the government’s programs.

This training is part of the annual Bappeda’s program. This year, Bappeda Lumajang held the training in two batches. The first batch was already held on the second week of February 2019 and attended by the OPDs other than the Sekda and sub-districts governments.