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Making Budgets Work For Girls & Women

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Growing Girls and Women in Nigeria (GWIN) is an innovative programme that ties government funds to the delivery of specific results for girls and women in Nigeria.

BudgetsThe GWIN approach was conceptualised by the Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, who then sought technical support from UKaid, to design and implement the programme in the most practical way, in order to maximise impact. UKaid, through the V4C programme is providing the following technical support:

  1. A Budget Expert to guide Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) on gender budgeting and implementation
  2. A Gender Expert to oversee implementation of the programme and provide on the spot support

The two consultants are providing technical support to the Ministries of Finance and Women Affairs in coordinating GWIN, and also to the five line Ministries in implementing GWIN projects.

The project was piloted with MDAs that support the approach of targeting projects specifically to the needs of marginalised girls and women. The five ministries are: Agriculture, Works, Health, Water Resources and Communication Technology. These ministries are coordinated by the Federal Ministry of Finance and Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development.

GWIN is based on three main principles:

  1. Each MDA is expected to include projects that particularly target women and girls in annual budgets
  2. Proposed projects will target hard to reach girls and women
  3. All GWIN projects will be delivered using a low cost, high impact approach

With N884m and within 12 months of implementation, GWIN projects are already yielding results from the various line ministries. Some of the key results are:

  • The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has trained 1,120 young women and given each a farming starter kit for fishery, snail keeping, cassava, rice and animal rearing. Fish farming land has been secured for 45 women from a community in Kano northern, Nigeria
  • The Ministry of Works (through FERMA) has trained 250 women in road maintenance and employed them for one year to maintain roads in their communities
  • The Ministry of Health has used GWIN resources in the repair and rehabilitation of women suffering from vesico vaginal fistula (VVF). By March 2014, 2,362 repair surgeries had been performed and the patients are currently receiving rehabilitation and learning vocational skills for income generation
  • The Ministry of Water resources has built the capacity of 520 women to manage water points in their communities. Water kiosks are currently being built for the trained women to facilitate income generation.
  • The Ministry of Communications Technology has provided 400 girls with 3-day general ICT training.The best 200 trainees will receive higher level of training and certification by Huawei; and be further employed by Huawei.