ABSTRACT

This chapter assesses gender budgeting in Asia. Gender bias remains pervasive in the region, even though most countries are making progress, if slow, in eliminating gender inequality. Most of the countries in the region have tried some form of gender budgeting, but only a few are truly achieving any meaningful success. A few of the countries have anchored their efforts in legislation. The experience of India can serve as an example of how to take the first positive steps forward for countries just initiating gender budgeting efforts. Nonetheless, India is also an example of what sort of obstacles lie on the path of producing self-sustaining programs. Unless monitoring and evaluation steps are institutionalized and the ministry of finance demonstrates a long-term commitment to remedy gender inequality, these gender budgeting efforts can stagnate and underperform.