GEPMI in Africa


The Gender and Economic Policy Management Initiative in Africa consists of the following three components:

  • A Short Course on Gender-Responsive Economic Policy Management
  • GEPMI-Tailored Country level advisory services and capacity building workshops
  • A Master’s of Arts in Gender-Aware Economics 

(1) A Short Course on Gender-Responsive Economic Policy Management

The short course on Gender-Responsive Economic Policy Management for African policy makers was designed to respond to the growing global recognition of the need to incorporate gender perspective into national development frameworks. The course aims at providing policy makers and development practitioners with the required skills and knowledge needed to identify and address gender biases in the economic sectors; and effectively plan, implement, monitor and evaluate development policies, strategies, programmes and projects that are responsive to gender equality.
The short course consists of twelve modules (which can be tailored to any region) addressing the most critical gender issues in all aspects of economic development. Below is a synopsis of the courses tailored for Africa:

•    Gender and economics
•    Gender responsive policy analysis
•    Unpaid care work
•    Gender, data and indices
•    Employment and labour markets
•    Gender and poverty
•    Gender and macroeconomics
•    Gender and macroeconomic strategies part I
•    Gender and macroeconomic strategies part II
•    Gender and trade
•    Gender and access to finance
•    Public Finance and Gender-Responsive Budgeting

The course targets development planners, researchers, and in particular middle-and senior level economic policy makers responsible for policy formulation and decision making in their perspective area. The course also aims to attract official of parliaments, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), management level staff members of national, regional and international civil society organizations, and other officials who want to increase their capacity to analyze and mainstream gender perspectives in economic policy formulations and management.

This short course was also designed to respond to the short and medium-term  needs of governments and policy makers throughout the policy making processes through two innovative modes of delivery:

I. A three-week short course: The twelve course modules, which have been validated by internationally  known scholars, policymakers, as well as UNDP advisors, were designed to run over a three-week period. Candidates will be nominated by their governments, regional economic communities, institutions, organizations. Each applicant will be required to submit an essay, answering key questions related to motivation to participate in the course and prior experience working on gender responsive economic policy management. A selection committee will carefully review the applications and select 15 to 20 participants per intake. For more information on the short course being offered in Africa, please see: www.unidep.org

II. Tailored Country Courses: These short-course modules can also be used individually and tailored for immediate and specific capacity development and policy advisory support to meet a country’s particular needs. We have developed a learning map which covers the most critical areas of policy making processes and economic development issues. Governments interested in a specific capacity building or policy advisory service can contact the UNDP Gender Team (gepmi@undp.org) for immediate support in that area.

(2)    GEPMI-Tailored Country level advisory services and capacity building workshops.
GEPMI’s short-course modules can also be used individually and tailored for immediate and specific capacity development and policy advisory support to meet a country’s particular needs. The gender team has developed a network of advisors and trainers at the global and regional levels who could support governments in this way; governments interested in a specific capacity building or policy advisory service can contact the UNDP Gender Team (gepmi@undp.org) for immediate help in that area.

The Learning Map below outlines some of the critical areas of interventions in governmental processes and policy making design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Through GEPMI, our network of experts can provide top notch advisory services or capacity building needs to policy makers and governmental staff to ensure that gender is integrated in all policy making stages.

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(3)    A Master’s of Arts in Gender-Aware Economics

The Master of Arts in Gender-Aware Economics, the first of its kind in Africa, is an intensive one year programme that started in August 2010.
The programme will provide the future generation of African policy-makers and planners with the knowledge and tools they need to apply gender equality as a key parameter in economic policy making, analysis, planning, budgeting and implementation.

Students acquire conceptual understanding of gender issues in economic analysis and policy making and knowledge and expertise to mainstream gender perspectives in development policy formulation and planning at national and international level.

This Master’s Programme may may be of interest to governments, NGOs and young professionals in order to build a cadre of future policy makers who are gender aware.