Budget choices in a time of pandemic: Advancing gender equality or holding it back?

Authors/editor(s): The lead author is Azra Becirovic, a public finance expert. Country-specific contributions came from Blerina Xhani, public finance management and gender expert; Nikica Mojsoska Blazhevski, public finance management expert; Ardiana Gashi, public finance management expert; Sanja Nikolin, gender-responsive budgeting and policy expert; Aleksandra Vladisavljevic, gender-responsive budgeting and policy expert; Milan Vujovic, legal analyst; and Aleksandra Milenkovic Bukumirovic, economic analyst.

This report was produced under the regional project “Transformative Financing for Gender Equality towards more Transparent, Inclusive and Accountable Governance in the Western Balkans,” financially supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). It aims to analyze the initial, differing impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on women and men. Covering five countries and territories in the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo[1] , North Macedonia and Serbia), the report draws on situation analysis, and quantitative and qualitative review of governments' COVID-19 responses and budget revisions from a gender perspective.

The report primarily mainly targets policymakers in the Western Balkans, and international organizations and bilateral donors supporting countries and territories in the subregion, in addition to academic researchers, students in gender studies, public policy and feminist economists. It may be useful in other regions, and contribute to global debate on gender issues in responding to emergencies and making choices in public spending.


[1] All references to Kosovo should be understood to be in the context of United Nations Security Council resolution 1244 (1999).

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Bibliographic information

Geographic coverage: Europe and Central Asia

Subject area(s): Gender mainstreaming; Governance and national planning; Accountability; Financing for gender equality; Institutional mechanisms; Gender-responsive budgeting; Public administration; Crisis response and recovery

Resource type: Assessments

UN Women office involved in publication: Europe and Central Asia Regional Office

Publication year: 2021

Number of pages: 53

Publishing entities: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)