Gender and Economic Policy Management: Module 11 – Gender and Finance
This module provides an overview of the role of finance, and particularly monetary policy, in development from a gender perspective. The module introduces the theoretical, institutional and policy frameworks for the financial sector in Asia and the Pacific. It discusses monetary policy and looks at remittances and financial inclusion. Finally it examines the idea and practice of microfinance, highlighting the consensus and contestations around its potential to reduce poverty and empower women.
The Global Gender and Economic Policy Management Initiative (GEPMI) is a comprehensive capacity development and policy advisory services programme that aims to help economic policies and poverty reduction strategies deliver results equitably to women and men, girls and boys. In Asia and the Pacific, three-week courses on Gender-Responsive Economic Policy Management, which provided hands-on skills to middle-level government planning officials, parliamentary staff and civil society organization, were held in 2012-2013. The course consisted of twelve modules addressing the most critical gender issues in all aspects of economic development in Asia and the Pacific. The modules can be used as a complete set to run a full-scale course. They can also be used individually, tailored for immediate and specific capacity development and policy advisory support to meet a country’s particular needs.
Governments interested in a specific capacity building or policy advisory service can contact UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub (firstname.lastname@example.org) for immediate support.