MIFTAH recently capped off a training workshop entitled, “Analysis of the national budget and gender-responsive budgets” which targeted the gender advisory committee of the Palestinian security services. Twenty officers from gender units in the police, national intelligence, preventative security, the political guidance unit, the military intelligence, civil defense, Ministry of Interior, military judiciary, customs authority, national security, arms governorate and military training units, attended.
Skills and knowledge
The two-day training was overseen by Muayyad Afanah, an expert on national budgets. The training offered information and skills to the participants on the concept of the national budget. He discussed the legal and legislative framework that governs the national budget, which is the “General Budget Law No. 7 of 1998” and explained its socio-economic context.
The workshop offered participants practical experience in the national budget’s preparation cycle and social intervention. They also conducted a practical analysis of the national budget’s articles and learned how to read financial reports as way of analyzing the budget from a gender perspective. The participants were introduced to program budgets, line item budgets and the strong and weak points of each, in addition to the concept of participatory budgets and methods of implementing them.
During the training workshop, the participants were introduced to the concept of gender-responsive budgets, its goals and stages in addition to practical training on the mechanisms of building such a budget. Experiences from around the world on how these gender-responsive budgets are applied were also showcased.
The workshop ended with a number of recommendations such as the need to continue working with the trainees so they could acquire more knowledge on national budget analysis and on gender-responsive budgets. This would also be in order to invest the outputs of the training course and the positive approaches from the trainees in conducting awareness workshops in all sectors of the security services in order to promote the concept of gender issues and push towards including them in all national budgets in Palestine.
The training workshop is part of MIFTAH’s Democracy and Good Governance program and aims to offer the targeted sector the skills and expertise needed to develop gender-responsive and participatory budgets in order to promote the principles of transparency and integrity in national budgets.
Furthermore, the importance of promoting social and gender issues in the national budget and sectoral budgets can be achieved through several strategies, including working with all relevant parties including the Palestinian security services.