Save the Date: Joint learning journey on Gender, Migration and Development, Vienna


Today’s world is seeing more refugee and migrant movements than ever, and it has become an important topic on the international agenda. The Learn4Dev Gender Experts Group is organizing a two days learning journey in Vienna, with the goal to contribute to a better understanding of the interconnections of gender, development and migration and thereby increase the effectiveness of development cooperation and contribute to the achievement of the SDGs.

As such, Learn4Dev seeks to ensure that donor funded programs and policies enhance the benefits and decrease the economic and social costs of migration, by considering gender specific contributions, needs and rights of migrants and refugees throughout the migration cycle. Main goal is to contribute to impact and effectiveness of programming, while at the same time enhancing donor accountability and contributing to gender equality, thus advancing the implementation of EU GAP II and legal international requirements.
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The specific goals of this participatory two days’ event on “Gender and Migration” are:

  • To set the stage for a common reflection on the relevant gender and migration facts and data available, by providing an overview of the challenges ahead. We will identify main topics and gaps to address for increasing coherence among migration, development and labour policies. Participants will get high level input on the international human rights and humanitarian framework, as well as on good practices and initiatives already on the way.
  • Those inputs and common reflections shall lead to the formulation of recommendations for donors how to ensure adequate consideration of gender in economic and forced migration, in humanitarian and development cooperation including policy dialogues on migration in their bilateral aid.
  • Networking among the participants

Participants shall include gender, migration, and development experts (e.g. Learn4Dev experts, UN Women, ILO, OSZE, UNHCR, OECD, IOM, OHCHR, ….) and also be open to non-experts as well as  representatives of already established working groups such as the “Global Migration Group (GMG) working group on migration, human rights and gender”, interested bilateral donors, INGOs and representatives of Academia will be invited.

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If You Missed the Webinar on Gender Equality for Resilience in Protracted Crises

The webinar discussed policy responses and programming measures aimed at gender equality based on Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) experiences in different protracted crises contexts. The webinar focused in particular on the implementation of the recommendations and principles of the Committee on World Food Security’s Framework for Action for Food Security and Nutrition in Protracted Crises.

Link to the recording of the webinar is available: here

Link to the slide share presentation is available: here

The series of webinars on resilience is organized jointly by the FAO Strategic Programme on Resilience and the European Union-DEVCO.

Joint Learning Journey on Gender Mainstreaming Brussels 31 March – 2 April

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The “Joint Learning Journey on gender mainstreaming” in Brussels was an initiative of the Gender Expert Group of the learn4dev network, taking place from the 31st of March to the 2nd of April 2014.

A first successful meeting was organised in Vienna in April 2013 including representatives of bilateral donor agencies, multilaterals and civil society organisations. The Vienna-meeting was hosted and organised by ADA, the Austrian Development Agency and the meeting in Brussels was co-organised by BTC and ITC-ILO.

While participants in the Vienna meeting  reflected on the question ”What works for gender mainstreaming within our organisations?”, the Brussels meeting focused more on “Discovering a shared capacity for gender mainstreaming in development cooperation in the lead-up to the post-2015 Agenda” with special attention on the topics of Gender Responsive Budgeting in Public Financial Management (PFM). A close collaboration with the PFM expert group of learn4dev was one of the main outcomes and will be continued in the near future.

Inviting representatives from partner institution has been another success of this Brussels meeting.

DSC00689The Rwanda case, presented by Ms Donnah MBABAZI (Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning), showed the importance of hard law. The organic budget law of 2013 includes gender sensitive budgeting and provides for the mandatory reporting on the gender budget statements and the implementation of the plans for gender equality.



Ms Zineb BOUBA from the Ministry of Economy and Finance in Morocco presented an example of how political will and true commitment of a government is important to track efforts for gender equality. The Moroccan government made a conscious effort to eliminate gender inequality and allocated the right resources to achieve this target, through a new budgetary system at the service of efficiency and transparency, launched in 2002.


GRB experts contributed in an excellent way to the understanding of GRB and PFM practices and tools.

  • Ms Anna DOWNS from DFID, gave an overview of PFM and explained the 6 stages of the budget cycle, stressing that they are linked and that throughout the cycle, transparency must be considered. She located GRB within PFM, discussed PFMs relevance for GRB and gender equality outcomes, as well as discussing how PFM could be made more gender responsive
  • Prof. Nathalie HOLVOET, from IOB Antwerp, gave an overview of the PEFA Framework and its relevance for gender responsive budgeting, she also gave an in-depth presentation on the ways to use GRB at the sector level. Ms Holvoet clarified that GRB and PFM, as result based mechanisms, both rely on transparency and are people centred.

The GRB experts agreed with the various participants stating the need for a GRB dimension inside the PFM exercise.


The Joint Learning Journey showed that GRB is a key issue in the Post-2015 framework and that strategizing is essential for achieving shared goals. The JLE allowed to share experiences on existing harmonised donor practices, using the Paris principles as entry points to advance the global gender equality agenda, increase mutual accountability towards financing for gender equality and support the realisation of national gender equality policies

  • The EC, UN Women and ITC-ILO presented some promising experiences currently taking place in the context  of the joint programme on “Financing for Gender Equality”
  • The OECD-DAC GenderNet gave an update on the use of the OECD Gender Policy Marker.


In this context GRB can function as a bridging frame between the gender equality goals in the POST-2015 framework on the one hand and the mainstream PFM processes on the other hand.

The Gender Expert Group has showed an outstanding forum to share positions, knowledge and expertise from partner countries and donors.  The JLE also served as a privileged forum to discuss how all the richness of existing tools and experiences can be made available to the larger public in a EU Resource Package on Gender Mainstreaming in Development Cooperation and an on-line course that are developed through learn4dev.

The full report on the Joint Learning Journey, will be available soon.

The organisers of the event and the former leaders of the Gender Expert Group look back at the three days and talk about what learn4dev means for them:


On the last day of the 3-day Joint Learning Journey, Alice Risch (LuxDev) was appointed the new leader of the Gender Expert Group:

Joint Learning Journey on Gender Mainstreaming in Brussels (BTC)


The ITC-ILO and the Belgian Development Agency (BTC) are jointly organising a workshop on “Discovering a shared capacity for gender mainstreaming in development cooperation in the lead-up to the post-2015 Agenda” in Brussels, from 31 March to 2 April 2014. The activity is part of a longer “Joint learning journey” of the Learn4Dev Gender Experts’ Group.

The Gender Expert Group of L4D was established in 2011 and has since then been working to pool training and technical resources, analyse capacity gaps, build on experiences and develop common tools to ensure that development cooperation effectively contributes to the achievement of universally agreed gender equality goals.

To succeed in these shared tasks, new ways of collaborative learning, exchanging experiences and harmonising approaches and tools are created as the “Joint Learning Journey on Gender Mainstreaming in Development Cooperation”.

To share practical knowledge and explore the potential of gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) to contribute to the development effectiveness agenda, the meeting will count on GRB and public finance management experts from Morocco and Rwanda, as well as on experts from the donor community (DFID, IOB, Genre en Action, UN Women, OECD/DAC, LuxDev, GIZ, ITC-ILO, ADA, BTC).



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