Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) is currently one of the three stands that enables GTLC to meet its mission. Our work in GRB was influenced by rising inequality in Ghana after over three decades of successful poverty reduction. Studies have shown that rising inequality is reducing poverty reduction. This negative effect is largely the result of unfair targeting in the distribution of public resources. This negative effect is observed first hand by GTLC through the sex disaggregated data collection and analysis it conducts to measure access to services by women, men and youth producers, in the implementation of agricultural policies.
Findings of a joint study titled 'GRB In Ghana study' that was conducted by Oxfam, SEND Ghana and GTLC in 2020 to assess implementation of GRB in Ghana, provided the strong motivation to pursue further work towards identifying weaknesses in the current Programme Based Budgeting (PBB) processes that GRB could complement in resolving.
Ghana adopted the five-step gender responsive budget process in 2008 and there is no strong evidence that implemetation has taken off.
Our work includes the conduct of assessments of composite budgets of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Asemblies (MMDAs) for compliance. Evidence is being gathered simultaneously with engagement with MMDAs and key MDAs towards informing the complementary implementation of GRB in PBB.