Increased Understanding on Importance of Gender-Disaggregated Data for Development in Rwanda

Date: 13 July 2009

Kigali — The Gender Monitoring Office (GMO), established in Rwanda earlier this year, organized a consultative workshop to discuss best practices, challenges and prospects for gender-disaggregated data collection and analysis, in Kigali on 13 July. The workshop was held in partnership with the Ministry of Economic Planning and Finance and the National Institute of Statistics, with support from UNIFEM.

An important aim of the workshop was to ensure that stakeholders recognize and buy into the use of gender-disaggregated data, continually review gaps and challenges and understand that gender-disaggregated data does not automatically mean added costs, but certainly added value to the development process in Rwanda. The workshop participants agreed to establish a joint action plan to improve the collection and analysis of gender-disaggregated data.

Rwanda’s Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS 2007-2012), recognizes the significance of successfully integrating gender equality to accelerate sustainable development. UNIFEM is working in partnership with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, the Gender Monitoring Office and the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda to promote gender sensitive planning, implementation and evaluation of the Strategy.

During the 2009 Joint Sector Reviews, a gender group supported by UNIFEM and led by GMO, provided analytical inputs to various sectors’ reports, as a way of improving gender mainstreaming in planning, budgeting and reporting for the remaining period of the EDPRS. It was recognized that there is a need to further engage EDPRS partners in discussion and dialogue to identify challenges and capacities needed to fully collect, use and analyze gender disaggregated data.

The workshop was attended by over 80 participants from government institutions, local governments, civil society, international organizations and donors. They agreed on the need to increase understanding on the importance of the collection and analysis of gender-disaggregated data at national and decentralized levels, and to reinforce its use in Joint Sector Reviews. Their recommendations included that skills should be strengthened to apply gender analysis in planning, budgeting and reporting; that districts should be supported to integrate gender in performance contracts; that coordination and information exchange should be enhanced between different stakeholders; and that the collection of gender-disaggregated data should be enforced as a requirement for statistical survey permits.

The main presentation was made by John Rwangombwa, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, who utilized data gathered through the UNIFEM supported Gender-Responsive Budgeting programme. Other presentations were made by Odda Gasinzigwa, Chief Gender Monitor, and Dominique Kanobana from the National Institute of Statistics, while discussions were facilitated by the National University of Rwanda, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). The workshop was facilitated by John Mutamba, Gender Specialist from the Central Africa Regional Office of UNIFEM.

For more information, please contact Barbara Albrecht, Programme Analyst UNIFEM Central Africa Regional Office, barbara.albrecht[at], or Nora Kokanova Communication Officer UNIFEM Central Africa Regional Office, nora.kokanova[at]