Small Change or Real Change?

Commonwealth Perspectives on Financing Gender Equality

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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.



Financing for Gender Equality: Post-conflict Reconstruction and Peace-building

The devastating impact of conflict results in widespread destruction of infrastructure, livelihoods, services and communities and massive dislocation of populations. Years of bad governance and fiscal breakdown leave war-shattered failed States with no reserves and little capacity for financial management. Huge amounts of resources have been and continue to be expended on large and medium-level conflicts in countries such as Afghanistan, Bougainville, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Liberia, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka and the former Yugoslavia. Millions of dollars have been spent on attempts to reconstruct these countries with no guarantees of sustainable democratisation or economic development.


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