Rwanda: Gaps in gender planning, implementation in Uganda, Tanzania - Report

Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A lot still needs to be done for gender transformation in national policies on agriculture and climate change in Uganda and Tanzania, a new report made available on Tuesday to PANA in Kigali has found.

These include allocating resources and better planning of activities and strategies, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) report noted.

It said, for example, that despite great strides in strengthening the gender component in Uganda and Tanzania, women are still generally stereotypically portrayed as vulnerable and marginalized by society with limited access to land and resources.

"These characterizations reinforce gender inequalities and might even become counter-productive," the report said.

The study also found gaps in gender planning and implementation at both national and lower governance levels such as at district and sub-district levels.

It is said that in Tanzania, while the majority of the national policies and strategies sufficiently integrated gender issues, they lacked clear implementation plans and appropriate budgetary allocations.

At district level, the budgeting was not done consistently―some districts budgeted, some did not, while others started and stopped, IITA said.

In Uganda, similarly, budget allocations for gender issues at sub-county and district levels were low, fluctuating from year to year and with sharp differences between estimated and actual budgets.

This makes the planning and implementation of gender mainstreaming activities extremely challenging, according to IITA

In view of these results, the researchers recommend, among other things, that the two East African governments increase efforts in streamlining gender integration from the national to the local levels, increase budget allocation, and improve gender planning to focus on gender transformation.

"There is a need to create gender awareness among policy makers and practitioners across levels and build the capacity of extension personnel to appraise and deal with gender issues," the report said.
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31 january 2017 15:27:23




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