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D1 am - session 1 - Scherie Nicol and Pinar Guven, OECD

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This presentation was made by Scherie Nicol and Pinar Guven, at the 3rd Experts Meeting on Gender Budgeting held at the OECD Conference Centre, Paris, on 19-20 September 2019.

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D1 am - session 1 - Scherie Nicol and Pinar Guven, OECD

  1. 1. OECD Review of Gender Equality in Canada: Mainstreaming, Implementing & Budgeting Scherie NICOL & Pinar GUVEN 3rd SBO Experts Meeting on Gender Budgeting 19 September 2019, Paris, France OECD Scan: Equality Budgeting in Ireland
  2. 2. • High profile supportive developments relating to equality in recent years • But key equality gaps remain • Range of national strategies in place to address these 2 Equality in Ireland: recent developments
  3. 3. • High level political commitment • Institutional infrastructure in place • Introduced on pilot basis in 2017 • Covers 9 grounds of discrimination • Build on Ireland system of performance budgeting • Developments informed by Expert Advisory Group • Supported by key tools: SWITCH model and poverty proofing of policies • Parliament showing close interest 3 Equality budgeting in Ireland: key characteristics & strengths
  4. 4. 4 Equality budgeting in Ireland: an international comparison Gender budgeting dimension Do OECD countries have it? Does Ireland have it? Strategic framework National gender equality strategy 71% n Legal basis for gender budgeting 53% n Annual budget circular with details and instructions on the application of gender budgeting 53% n Inter-agency group to ensure coordination and/or exchange of good practices on gender budgeting 47% n Tools of implementation Ex ante gender impact assessment of all major policies included in the budget 53% n Ex ante gender impact assessment of selected policies included in the budget 76% n Gender dimension in resource allocation 53% n Gender dimension in performance setting 59% n Gender statement: general statement 47% n Gender incidence analysis of the budget as a whole 18% n Ex post gender impact assessment of all major policies 18% n Gender dimension in spending review 24% n Gender audit of the budget 29% n Audit of gender budgeting systems/processes 24% n Enabling environment Standard guidelines from central budget authority on how to apply gender budgeting 71% n Structured engagement with civil society on gender equality issues 41% n Expert / consultative group advises on the application of gender budgeting 41% n Training and capacity-development in the application of gender budgeting 59% n General availability of gender disaggregated data 65% n Sector-specific availability of gender disaggregated data 65% n Ex ante phase: budget preparation Concurrent phase: tabling of the budget Ex post phase: after the budget year ends
  5. 5. • Scope is broad with many dimensions • Lack of overarching equalities strategy & goals • Limited incentives for departments to engage • Built on performance budgeting which in itself faces its own challenges • Impact of efforts to date remain limited • Remains difficult to obtain information on equality needs 5 Equality budgeting in Ireland: key challenges
  6. 6. 6 Key OECD recommendations to boost impact of equality budgeting 1. Build in incentives for departments to engage 2. Set out over-arching equality goals to focus government efforts 3. Table an equality budgeting statement alongside the budget 4. Develop tagging functionality 5. Expand poverty proofing of policies to look at how poverty intersects with equality dimensions 6. Compliment developments on expenditure side with increased efforts on tax side 7. Build capacity in departments and improve collection of data
  7. 7. 7 Equality budgeting in Ireland: Future potential
  8. 8. OECD Review of Gender Equality in Canada: Mainstreaming, Implementing & Budgeting Thank you

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