THE African Development Bank has organised a five-day workshop aimed at fostering a better understanding of the interrelationships between economic processes on the one hand and gender-related social, cultural and political processes on the other hand. The workshop, titled “Gender and Economic Analysis”, kicked off on February 18 and will run until February 22, in Pretoria, South Africa.
This workshop targets mid-career RMC officials from nine countries, who are responsible for economic planning, labour and social development. The main objective of the workshop is to harmonise the thinking, and iron out some of the misconceptions surrounding economic behavior and social relationships, partly influenced by social position.
The rationale for this initiative is rooted in the need for policy practitioners to better understand the interrelationships between economic processes on the one hand and social, cultural and political processes on the other hand. The initiative recognizes that the impact of gender economic analysis is much less than its intellectual and policy making impact. This can be seen, for example, in the fact that available literature pays very little or no attention to the gender dimensions of economic behavior. This tailor-made course in Gender and Economic Analysis is therefore a unique programme in this area.
The initiative is in line with the Bank’s policies, and Medium and Long Term Strategies, in which the Bank commits to making significant strides in policy and institutional reforms to accelerate gender equality and women’s empowerment. The Bank’s Long Term Strategy also specifically commits to continuing to engage in partnerships to facilitate collaboration, coordination, harmonization and exchange of experiences and best practices on gender mainstreaming.
By the end of the course, participants should have acquired introductory academic skills for recognizing gender biases in economic analysis and economic policy; gender-aware quantitative economic analysis; and developing economic policy recommendations that will help reduce gender inequalities.
The workshop combines a mix of formal lectures and discussions of participant-led group learning activities. Scheduled hours consist partly of formal lectures. Much of the scheduled hours are organized around the discussion of participant-led group learning activities. This is done to ensure that all participants go through the necessary stages of being able to elaborate the gender critique of economics, to engender economic analysis both qualitatively and quantitatively, and to develop gender-aware economic policy suggestions. The exercises, that largely concern African economies, help participants to apply gender analysis to a particular problem, in terms of data collection, data analysis, policy evaluation and policy advice.