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South Africa: the Treasury will deploy a gender-responsive budgeting strategy

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To ensure departments achieve their goal of including women in departmental planning, the National Treasury should roll out the first phase of a strategy and roadmap for gender responsive budgeting.

Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, minister in the presidency responsible for women, youth and people with disabilities, said so when tabling the department’s budget vote on Thursday.

“In 2021, I reported that the department had engaged with the National Treasury, DPME and the IMF in developing a strategy and roadmap for gender responsive budgeting.

“I am pleased to inform this House that there will be a rollout of Phase 1 of the project over the next few months by the National Treasury,” she said.

In addition to this, Nkoana-Mashabane said the department, in partnership with the European Union (EU), organized a Policy Dialogue on Gender Responsive Budgeting in February 2022, which brought together over 700 international experts and participants. and national.

“The purpose of this dialogue was to foster discussions on policy guidelines for gender responsive budgeting in the country.”

Nkoana-Mashabane said, meanwhile, that during the 2021 budget vote, she said the department would undertake an analysis of the national department’s draft Annual Performance Plans (APPs).

“In this context, the 2021 monitoring and evaluation report showed that less than 50% of departments were implementing the gender budgeting framework.

“However, analysis of APP 2022/23 projects indicates great improvement in the inclusion of women, youth and persons with disabilities priorities in these plans. We are aiming for an increase towards 100% by 2024,” she said.

Nkoana-Mashabane said South Africa’s economy was based on mining and agriculture, with land being a key factor.

“Therefore, my department has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Agriculture, Agrarian Reform and Rural Development to ensure that women, youth and people with disabilities are included in agriculture and land redistribution.

Nkoana-Mashabane said there was a need to harness the potential of the country’s young population.

“This includes the political will of government and captains of industry to ensure youth integration in all strategic sectors of our society, especially the economy,” she said.

In fiscal year 2022/2023, NYDA will aim to:

– The training of more than 25,000 young people to be young entrepreneurs;

– Support 2,000 youth-owned businesses with financial assistance through the NYDA grant program. These businesses will continue and create 6,000 jobs in the economy;

– Provide skills development programs to 75,000 young people to enable them to integrate into the economy;

– Place 10,000 young people in employment through the National Career Management Network;

– Recruit 50,000 young people into the structured National Youth Service where young people will earn an income, acquire skills and increase their employability and provide meaningful quality service to their communities; and

– Produce monitoring and evaluation reports on the impact of its grants program, the revitalized National Youth Service and community work programs.