Public value perspective for gender budgeting: evidence from Egypt

Public value perspective for gender budgeting: evidence from Egypt

Budgeting for the provision of public service for women has gained a lot of interest all over the world. Developing countries have been part of this global trend. Studies on growth found that gender inequality deprives developing countries from boosting growth. However, in many cases services for women failed to meet expectations.
 
Inadequacy of budget resources comes at the top to justify this failure. However, weakness in budgetary and political institutions may add other dimensions. Weakness of planning and implementing the budget, and reporting its results is a critical factor for failure in delivering public values that satisfy the society’s developmental aspiration. Additionally, the weakness of political institutions to reconcile conflicting individual values and voice up the collective citizens’ preferences may also be another source of failure to produce gender services as it should be. Moreover, failu re to deliver may signal to the political inability to utilise public assets in the proper mix, timing, and networking. Whatsoever the combination of weak institutions, it alerts to a failure of operationalisation of public values  to produce public services beyond the issue of adequacy of public resources.

This article aims to discuss gender budgeting, beyond the adequacy challenge, through a conceptual framework that recognises weakness of budgetary and political institutions. We argue that while gender values may be strongly placed in the ethics of the society, nevertheless they often lack an informed governance framework to position them properly in the utilitarian set of objectives of the budgetary system. Gender issues are perceived from the perspective of the rights approach to budgeting; however, they are not situated in the growth and sustainability framework of the budget.
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