ISG was recently selected by UN Women to conduct the final evaluation of the global program “Increasing Accountability in Financing for Gender Equality” (F4GE).
Through this program, UN Women supported efforts to strengthen the accountability of national governments and donors in implementing gender equality commitments in financing decisions and practices in 16 countries. The program was implemented in partnership with the International Training Centre/International Labour Organization (ITC/ILO) with support from the European Commission (EC) and the Governments of Spain and Italy.
From October 2011 to September 2015, F4GE worked to expand the application of mainstreaming gender in public finance management systems, planning, budgeting, and aid management instruments. The program included capacity building of national partners tasked with planning and budgeting (including ministries of finance and planning as well as line ministries) and strengthening government and donor accountability mechanisms. Additionally, it aimed to strengthen civil society’s role to ensure adequate funding for gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE), and support national advocacy efforts on increasing financing for the same. Specifically, the program supported advocacy efforts of women’s organizations and feminist economists through a grant making facility to promote innovative initiatives led by civil society organizations to increase financing for gender equality.
ISG will assess the success of the program based on the extent to which program interventions led to improving processes and practices in national and donor planning and budgeting processes that enhance investment for GEWE in participating program countries. In addition, ISG will document lessons learned and best practices and provide recommendations to inform future work on financing for gender equality as well as assess institutional capacity and the potential for sustainability of the ongoing work in the program countries.
As part of this evaluation, the project team will conduct an in-depth document review, virtual and in-person key informant interviews, and field visits to five program countries.