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Pro-Poor, Gender- and Environment-Sensitive Budgets Project

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National development strategies and budgets reflect balances of power within societies and typically fail to consider their effects on structural injustices such as gender inequality, poverty and environmental degradation. Various initiatives from different countries have attempted to address this issue by reviewing budgets to determine which groups benefit, whether gender biases exist, participatory mechanisms and environmental impact. This UNDP project draws lessons learned from such international initiatives to identify appropriate future strategies and synergies with other policy areas, with the objective of reorienting macroeconomic policies to meet the needs of marginalised groups. Activities include co-hosting of national and regional workshops with the United Nations Fund for Women (UNIFEM), input into international conferences, publication of working papers, development of a budget resource book, and an interactive web space for budget-related resources and discussion groups.

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