Gender-responsive budgeting within organizations

Gender responsive budgeting within organizations: a hands-on training course to cost gender equality, diversity and inclusion

Gender-responsive budgeting within organizations

9 Settembre–11 Ottobre 2024
Il corso è disponibile in English

Organizations can use this moment of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic to put in place policies and practices that can support gender equality, diversity and inclusion in the long term.

This eLearning course involves interactive online readings, guidelines, practical activities and tools for gender responsive-budgeting and for costing gender equality plans within organizations. 

It also comprises interactive methods, such as webinars, discussion forums and a final practical excise on costing an action plan for gender equality, diversity and inclusion to be presented by participants in a virtual classroom.

Participants are required to adapt content and tools to their context. The courses combine individual self-paced learning with collaborative activities such as virtual discussion groups to facilitate learning. An online tutor and experts guides participants through their learning experience, including facilitating collaborative work and providing feedback on assignments throughout the course.

Presentazione del corso

This online training programme will introduce participants to the operating principles and most commonly used strategies and tools for integrating a gender dimension into budgetary processes. Starting with the basics of GRB involving an analysis of the budgeting cycle, the course will discuss how commitment to gender equality can (and should) be supported by setting budgetary priorities intended to achieve gender equality, diversity and inclusion, as well as effective use of budget funds. The main topics for discussion will be: Why gender matters; Gender-responsive budgets: Principles and definitions; GRB and the budget cycle framework: Key steps and outputs; Tools for GRB: Costing gender equality, diversity and inclusion.

Chi si iscrive a questo corso?

The course is open to staff of private, social and public institutions involved in budget development wanting to ensure that gender equality, diversity and inclusion are taken into account. The course is also open to gender experts/advisers and individuals interested in mainstreaming the gender approach and working in the field of gender equality, diversity and inclusion; staff of regional and international development agencies; civil society representatives interested in performing advocacy work and raising awareness of gender issues; employers' and workers' representatives wishing to ensure equitable access and processes in their organizations.


Gender equality initiatives can range from low-cost or very cost-effective solutions, to services that require a larger financial investment by the employer. Even employers with limited means can offer measures, solutions and services to promote equality within organization.

Jennifer Sabatini Fraone
Director of Corporate Partnerships, Boston College Center for Work and Family

The eLearning course aims to provide a common ground of understanding on how to implement a gender-responsive budgeting within organizations. It illustrates why gender-responsive budgeting matters for organizations -particularly in the rapid transformation of the world of work- and provides practical guidance and tools to cost gender equality measures (i.e. work-life integration measures and flexible work, gender, diversity and inclusion strategies, disability plans, gender-neutral job evaluation for pay equity, inclusive response to the pandemic, gender and diversity audits, etc.). 

The online training combines theory and practice aiming to ensure that participants complete the course with valuable information for implementing gender-responsive budgeting within their organizations.  

Learning outcomes
  • Strengthen knowledge on the meaning and applicability of gender-responsive budgeting within organizations.
  • Develop practical skills for costing specific gender-related measures for organizations, using as a basis a gender plan, policy, audit report or any other gender equality, diversity and inclusion assessment conducted in the organization that need to be implemented. 

The lessons learnt during the pandemic concerning work-life integration, flexible working, teleworking and caregiving responsibilities need to be built into the post-pandemic recovery plans. It is important for organizations to know how to use this knowledge generated during the crisis.

Agnes Uhereczky
Co-founder of the WorkLife HUB, consultant, podcaster, and workplace transformer
Methodology and activities 

The eLearning course is delivered through the ITCILO eCampus. Each online module will guide participants from theory to practice, building capacity and exploring key elements of gender-responsive budgeting to put into practice within organizations. 

The online training programme includes:

  • Four online modules of interactive readings accompanied by support resources including links to documents, virtual learning tools and a recommended bibliography. 
  • Three web conferences with organizations leading gender equality measures, which will present good practices, challenges and opportunities to enhance gender equality, diversity and inclusion within organizations.  
  • A practical activity to be delivered at the end of the course: The project work consist on costing a gender equality, diversity and inclusion plan for an organization. In order for participants to implement this task, they need to make available in advance a gender equality plan of the organization -which is pending to estimate the resource allocation- a gender audit report or a gender diagnosis carried out within the organization. Practical activities will be developed in groups (if there are participants coming from the same organization) or individually. 
  • Mutual learning exercise: At the end of the course, participants are expected to present a synthesis of their work in a virtual classroom or discussion forum. Additional good practices will be documented for mutual learning.  

The training programme is composed of four online modules of approximately 2 eLearning hours each. Each module is weekly carried out according to the following learning process:

At the end of the eLearning path of 30 hours, participants will receive a Certificate of Participation. 

Preliminary requirements
  • English language
  • Access to computer and internet
  • Commitment to devote 30 hours eLearning over a period of 4 weeks (approx. 6 eLearning hours per week)
  • To enroll in the online course, we encourage participants to have access to a gender analysis, a gender assessment or diagnosis, a gender policy or a gender plan of an organization. 

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