Small Change or Real Change?

Commonwealth Perspectives on Financing Gender Equality

Paperback: £65.00

Small Change or Real Change?

Publication date: 1 December 2008
Size: 240mm x 165mm
ISBN: 978-0-85092-866-2
Pages: 196

It is now generally recognised that gender equality is essential for sustained economic growth and for democracy, peace and security. Small Change or Real Change? Commonwealth Perspectives on Financing Gender Equality presents key thinking from experts around the world on a topic that is currently of great international concern: how to ensure that sufficient financial resources are available – both through the new aid modalities and from domestic sources – to effect the necessary changes to make gender equality a reality.

The chapters cover the full range of issues around financing gender equality, including implementation of the aid agenda, the implications for gender equality of financing HIV and AIDS interventions, the impacts of trade policies on key sources of financing and women’s need for equal access to affordable finance. Of particular concern is the importance of tracking the gender impact of aid resources (including post-conflict aid) through mechanisms such as gender-responsive budgets and aid effectiveness approaches.

The contributors, all of them development practitioners though from diverse backgrounds, share one common goal: to influence governments, bilateral and multilateral organisations to scale up their commitments to financing gender equality and thus not only make a real difference to the lives of women around the world but also reduce poverty and promote sustainable development.

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Acronyms and abbreviations


Part I: Tracking the Money for Gender Equality

1. Challenges to Financing Gender Equality: A Macroeconomic View by Mariama Williams
2. Aid Effectiveness and Gender-Responsive Budgets by Debbie Budlender
3. Development, Aid Effectiveness and Gender Equality by Sarojini Ganju Thakur
4. Micro-finance and Innovative Financing for Gender Equality: Approaches, Challenges and Strategies by Ramesh S Arunachalam
5. Gender and Trade: Impacts and Implications for Financial Resources for Gender Equality by Mariama Williams
6. Strengthening the Connection between Gender and Growth by Growth Team, Policy and Research Division, DFID
7. Gender Equality as Smart Economics: A World Bank Group Gender Action Plan by World Bank  

Part II: Making a Difference to Gender Equality

8. Promoting Democracy, Peace and Development in the Commonwealth Through Investing in Gender Equality by Khabele Matlosa
9. Financing for Gender Equality: Post-conflict Reconstruction and Peace-building by Sherrill Whittington
10. Spreading the Gains of Globalisation: Linking Women with Global Markets by Marilyn Carr
11. Financing HIV and AIDS Interventions: Implications for Gender Equality by Robert Carr
12. Female Employment in Agriculture: Global Challenges and Global Responses by Stephanie Barrientos
13. The Role of National Women’s Machineries in Financing Gender Equality by Auxilia Ponga  

Notes on the Contributors

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‘Debbie Budlander’s essay on gender responsive budgeting is a must-read both for those working on this topic, and for decision-makers.’

Gender & Development, Vol. 17 No. 2, July 2009