Strengthening transparency and accountability for gender equality in Western Balkans and Moldova (Gender Budget Watchdog Network, Phase II)

Contract partner: CRPM - Centre for Research and Policy Making Country: Europa, regional/länderübergreifend Funding amount: € 1.440.000,00 Project start: 01.11.2022 End: 31.10.2026

Short Description:

Overall goal

The objective of the project is to improve public commitments for gender responsive climate action and increase available financing to implement gender-responsive climate action in the Western Balkans region and Moldova.

Expected results

- Strengthened visibility and international recognition of the work of the Gender Budget Watchdog Network (GBWN).

- Increased CSO (Civil Society Organization) capacities to use Gender responsive budgeting (GRB) tools watchdogging climate change policy and financing.

- Improved CSO participation in policy and budgeting processes by using gender budget watchdog tools for increased government accountability, particularly in resilience response, climate change financing and gender responsiveness of the climate change policy framework.

Target group / Beneficiaries

The direct target group of the action are civil society organizations, members of the Gender budget watchdog network. Specifically, the action is focusing on: (i) women's rights organizations to increase their capacity, knowledge and skills regarding climate change policies, the climate finance landscape and improve their understanding of processes, entry points, gaps and potentials for engendering; and (ii) environmental organizations that need to increase their knowledge and skills on gender mainstreaming of climate change policies and climate financing. Over 300 CSOs will be benefiting the capacity building program of the GBWN GRB E-academy, and 900 CSO representatives increase awareness of gender transformative budgeting through participation in webinars and listening to podcasts. Forty-two (42) CSOs will be mentored to produce 32 gender budget watchdog reports of resilience response and climate financing, 7 national studies and 1 regional report will hold governments accountable on how women’s needs are addressed with climate change policies and budgets. The 7 GRB hubs will enhance CSO participation in policy and budgeting processes through producing 14 SDG 5c1 reports, 7 Citizens budgets, 7 national monitoring reports on GEWE program funding and 21 budget commentaries. The project will be implemented in seven countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro and Serbia, all of which have committed to gender equality objectives in CEDAW (Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women), to adopting gender responsive national legal frameworks, and to gender responsive budgeting. Indirectly all citizens of these countries will be beneficiaries of the action.


Key activities will include further developing e-training and developing self-learning tools; as well as implementing grants coupled with capacity building and mentoring for “learning by using GRB tools”; expanding GBWN’s reach, influence and international visibility on international fora; strengthening network members’ capacities to produce gender budget watchdog reports on resilience response and climate financing; monitoring government progress in implementing GRB commitments based on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) indicator 5c1, 13a and 13b indicators and the Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA) Gender Framework; evidence-based strategic advocacy; and awareness-raising.


This project follows the Gender Budget Watchdog Network (GBWN) in the Western Balkans and Moldova’s previous, successful ADA and SIDA-supported project. GBWN members have developed this project based on results and lessons learned from the first phase; local circumstances including on-going critical policy processes related to EU Accession; and identified needs.

project number 2841-00/2022
source of funding OEZA
sector Staatsführung & Zivilgesellschaft, allgemein
modality Project-type interventions
marker Environment: 1, Climate change mitigation: 1, Climate change adaptation: 1, Gender: 2, Democracy: 2
  • 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.