UNDP calls for temporary basic income to help world’s poorest women cope with effects of COVID-19 pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has taught people across varying fields many lessons. Access to up-to-date and reliable scientific data helps policy makers make informed decisions, especially in times of crisis. When a country can collect, analyze, and present climate data, they can assess its individual circumstance, its needs, and priorities, as well as the progress (or lack of progress) they have made on addressing climate change. Therefore, having solid climate data allows countries to make tailored, effective, and realistic climate policies, action plans, and assess the supported needed.
Public Finance Management in its most basic definition is simply how governments manage their resources, their public finances. If like me, you have wondered how the government decides which schools, roads and bridges to build and how a public hospital gets enough doctors or vaccines to serve the public, then you are well on your way to understanding PFM. So, how does government decide? One factor is the information available to them on where the money is needed the most.
Lautoka, situated in the Western part of Viti Levu, is the second largest city in Fiji. This is also the second stop for the budget consultation workshop organized by the Fiji Council of Social Services, which involved the participation of men and women working with communities on a daily basis. This budget consultation process is supported by UNDP and the EU. We used the International Women’s Day as an opportunity to travel to Lautoka as we reflected on the relevance of Public Finance Management for gender mainstreaming and women empowerment.
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