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Gender Responsive Budgeting

Oct 19, 2022
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While Gender Responsive Budgeting is traditionally thought of as a practice of government, civil society organizations are increasingly working in tandem and engaging governments to improve their gender responsive practices. Even when gender responsiveness is embedded into the budget, funds are often shifted during implementation in ways that tend to have disproportionate negative impacts on women, or the  commitments to women that were made aren’t delivered on at all, or the monitoring of budget implementation identifies that the policy designs do not respond to the needs and interests of women. The International Budget Partnership & the Gender Budget Watchdog Network highlighted the importance of Gender Responsive Budgeting during budget implementation through an interactive webinar and joint working paper.


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Sally Torbert

Policy Manager

Sally Torbert joined the International Budget Partnership in August 2017 and is based in Washington, D.C. As the Open Budget Initiative Program Officer for Asia, she coordinates and monitors the implementation of the Open Budget Survey, provides technical assistance to civil society partners and governments to promote transparency reforms, and conducts research on budget transparency.

Prior to joining IBP, Sally worked as a public sector and governance specialist with expertise in public financial management, service delivery, social accountability, and capacity building. She has previously held positions with the World Bank, DAI, UNCDF, and UNDP, supporting public finance and governance reforms in Afghanistan, Lao PDR, Nepal, Mozambique, and Timor-Leste. She holds a BA from Princeton University and a Masters from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Claire Schouten

Senior Program Officer, International Advocacy

Claire joined the International Budget Partnership in 2014 and specializes in integrity, transparency, accountability, and participation in public resource management. She has worked with civil society, governments, business, and donors on organizational development, action learning, monitoring and evaluation, and policy guidance.  Claire has more than 12 years of experience in governance and development in Africa, the Caribbean, Central and Southeast Asia, and the Middle East.

Prior to joining non-governmental organizations, Claire worked with the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the United Nations Volunteers External Relations Group in Bonn and Representation Office in New York, and the Ministry of National Defence in Canada. She has a Masters degree in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Claire has published research on social accountability in situations of conflict and fragility, drivers of change, and budget accountability in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and ICT for Open Contracting. Claire is fluent in English and French.

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