REGIONAL WORKSHOP ON GENDER BUDGETING. Organized by Department of Women and Child Development-GOI In Collaboration with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) And Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) New Delhi, 23-24, November 2005 Building Budgets from Below
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Department of Women and Child Development-GOI
In Collaboration with
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA)
23-24, November 2005
Building Budgets from Below
Ahalya S Bhat, SSF
Methodology and Tool Developed in Karnataka to Enable Women in Local Government to Design Fiscal Policy
out of a process.
SSF is a public charitable trust dedicated towards the empowerment of women and conservation of nature.
Few activities undertaken
With federation formed there
was a need to develop
Federation members expressing their views
Need of the hour – Empowerment of women in Economic Governance
`Building Budgets from Below’ was built on the foundation (Women federation) that was already laid by SSF
Enabling the women from
to develop plan and
Building Budgets from Below
in local self government
with women’s leadership
1. Linking economic governance to political governance.
2. Examining and analyzing the budget of both the State
and the Local Governments and helping elected women
to participate in budget preparation.
Project was implemented in 3 phases
evolved in enabling elected women to know and participate in
development planning and financing at local level.
The experience proved that women elected to local councils who
are never exposed to Budget, Politics/ Education can be agents
of change & can learn techniques and use them.
The Federations were also formed in 3 southern
states –Kerala, Andhra Pradesh & Tamil Nadu
In Karnataka the federation was formed in 9 districts
a project “Associating Women in Local
members of panchayats in Karnataka in 9
districts during 2000- 2005
On a common platform
had formed federations, SSF choose 2 GPs and 2 Urban areas for enabling women’s participation in economic governance
4. Mysore City Corporation
Two levels of data collection was done
& of selected sites i.e. Secondary Data
EWRs, women folk participating in the deliberation
Enabled EWRs to demystify the budget by presenting the data to them through participatory mock sessions
Awareness : Women were kept in dark
Perception : Lack of knowledge in governance
Participation : Very minimal and opportunity was not given
Budget’ prepared by women
capable of participating in the budget process.
to bring measurable outcome
In this backdrop Janaagraha joined hands with SSF
SSF adopted the technique of Janaagraha
achieve the outcome
citizen represented by ward committee in the city
Women participating in the meeting & learning about the budget process
Welfare Committee” to be
- IWDP enhanced- Rs 5-10 lakhs
- To buy sewing machines for
women enhanced-Rs 7-10 lakhs
- New head `Nirmala Nagara
Yojana’ created with Rs 10000
to each local habitat group
- Number of women self groups
increased from 2-4.
the compound walls of public toilet for women
be made for improving the roads, distribution of ration cards, toilets