Gender Budget Watchdog Network in Western Balkans and Republic of Moldova

Contract partner: CRPM - Centre for Research and Policy MakingCountry: Europa, regional/länderübergreifend Funding amount: € 499.808,00Project start: 01.08.2019End: 31.10.2022

Short Description:

Overall goal

The projects aims to is enhancinge gender equality on national and local levels thanks to strenghthened capacity of civil society organizsations (CSOs) in using Gender Responsive Budget (GRB) tools in their work, and networking and mobilization of citizens for in advocacy.

Expected results

(i) Strengthened capacities of CSOs to use GRB tools to evaluate the conformity correspondence of policies and budgets with the needs of men and women; (ii) a network for effective policy advocacy, knowledge and information sharing and strengthened government accountability is established; (iii) citizens are engaged and contribute to policy change leading to gendered reform of public finances.

Target group / Beneficiaries

The main target groups of the project are civil society organizations. The project will directly target 77 civil society organizations and directly build capacities of two 2 representatives per organization (or in total 154 civil society activists will be trained). In addition, 42 CSOs will receive grants and mentoring support increasing with which the direct beneficiaries of the action will increase to 210 activists (5 per organization). The advocacy component will engage directly 5000 people and indirectly mobilize 50.000 citizens will be mobilized.


The methodology of implementation envisions a process of knowledge sharing, on the job mentoring / coaching, workshops for exchange of experiences on drafting watchdog reports and developing advocacy plans and networking.


The project is implemented in seven countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro and Serbia, all of which have committed to gender equality objectives by ratifying the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and adopting gender specific national legal frameworks, as well as building national gender machinery to deliver gender equality results. Most of them (except for Montenegro and Moldova) have introduced legal and policy provisions for GRB. Gender Responsive Budgeting - GRB is a critical tool to ensure that gender equality commitments are translated into real actions, that will eventually render positive results.

project number2841-00/2019
source of fundingOEZA
sector Staatsführung & Zivilgesellschaft, allgemein
modalityProject-type interventions
marker Gender: 2, Democracy: 2, Poverty: 1
  • Policy marker: are used to identify, assess and facilitate the monitoring of activities in support of policy objectives concerning gender equality, aid to environment, participatory development/good governance, trade development and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Activities targeting the objectives of the Rio Conventions include the identification of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and desertification.
    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
  • Type of Aid – Aid modalities: classifies transfers from the donor to the first recipient of funds such as budget support, core contributions and pooled programmes and funds to CSOs and multilateral organisations, project-type interventions, experts and other technical assistance, scholarships and student costs in donor countries, debt relief, administrative costs and other in-donor expenditures.
  • Purpose/ sector code: classifies the specific area of the recipient’s economic or social structure, funded by a bilateral contribution.
  • Tied/Untied: Untied aid is defined as loans and grants whose proceeds are fully and freely available to finance procurement from all OECD countries and substantially all developing countries. Transactions are considered tied unless the donor has, at the time of the aid offer, clearly specified a range of countries eligible for procurement which meets the tests for “untied” aid.