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The project sought to establish, strengthen and sustain national and county level mechanisms by enhancing the capacity of both state and nonstate officials in the budget process. The project envisioned meaningful participation of women and men in budgeting making processes. This project targeted women in agriculture, women in business, women in SMEs, domestic workers, CSOs and individuals
who are keen in issues around gender equity.
To sustain the gains of this project, IPF-Kenya carried out an in-depth analysis of Health, Education, Water and social protection sector reports to determine whether they are gender responsive with the hope of creating a sustained conversation on the need for gender responsive budgets. So far, the institute has held meetings with Community Health Workers and stakeholders in the Health sector in Kilifi County and women in business in Nairobi City County.
In addition, IPF-Kenya is currently training a second pool of budget facilitators whose main objective is to equip participants with knowledge and relevant skills to analyze budget documents, make sense of them and engage in public participation meaningfully. Through this engagement, IPF-Kenya hopes to increase number of budget champions from the initial 30 who were trained in the first cohort. It’s expected that once trained, budget champions can contribute to public finance matters in their spaces and challenge the status quo and achieve an expanded scope on gender equity in revenue and expenditure through citizen influence. The Key highlights of the project included the commitment by Executive Members for Agriculture in Nyeri, Kitui and Tharaka Nithi Counties who committed to consider- gender issues in planning, expenditure and in revenue raising measures in a bid to address gender externalities.