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United Nations Regional Programme for Technical Cooperation

DESA - Advancement of Women

Objective for 2008-09

To enhance institutional capacity of developing countries for the promotion of gender equality and the elimination of discrimination against women

Expected accomplishments

  • Enhanced capacity to implement internationally agreed policies, mandates and obligations on gender equality and the elimination of discrimination against women;

  • Enhanced capacity of Government officials, legislators, judicial officers and civil society to address and prevent violence against women as a form of discrimination and violation of women’s rights.

Indicators of achievement

  • Percentage of participants that rate the overall quality and usefulness of workshops/advisory services as good/excellent
  • Increased number of official expressions of commitment to implement steps for the promotion of gender equality, and the elimination of discrimination and violence against women
  • Increased number of Member States reporting on actions taken for the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, other intergovernmental mandates and the Convention

Components activity

Capacity development in the area of gender equality and the empowerment of women will be designed and implemented to strengthen the capacity of Member States to meet internationally agreed development goals, outcomes of major United Nations conferences relevant to the subprogramme, and obligations under international human rights instruments on gender equality.  Emphasis will be placed on the prevention and response to violence against women.

The delivery of the programme of work will draw upon the normative and analytical strengths of the subprogramme taking full advantage of the Department’s cross-sectoral expertise.  Capacity development will be delivered through (i) national, subregional and regional training workshops to promote more effective transfer of knowledge and enhance capacity for action through exchange of good practice; and (ii) advisory services composed of skilled in-house and outsourced technical experts to address specific needs of a more technical nature.

The subprogramme will implement one existing donor-funded project on support for countries emerging from conflict, and aims to develop two new projects - on strengthening national machineries for women and on preventing and responding to violence against women.

To ensure effective delivery, the subprogramme will continue to forge partnerships at different levels, and draw on the strengths and capacities of, and synergies with United Nations entities, and in particular the Regional Commissions for enhanced leverage and follow up at regional level; UNDP for its strong coordination role at the national level; and INSTRAW and UNIFEM for their expertise in training and innovative programming, respectively.  The subprogramme, through the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, will receive feedback from Member States on the usefulness of its capacity development interventions and raising awareness of challenges ahead.  The subprogramme will continue to strengthen its own internal capacities by bringing in short term advisory services and external experts/consultants in emerging areas.

Output Summary

  Actual 06/07 Estimate 08/09 Estimate 10/11
Advisory Services 8 12 12
Workshops/ Seminars (number of participants) 3 (99) 4 (120) 4 (120)
Field Projects 0 0 0
Fellowships 0 0 0
Total Activities 11 16 16
Total Budget (thousands of US Dollars) 414.4 575.3 575.3


In the 2006-07 biennium, the subprogramme provided 8 advisory services and carried out 3 workshops for 99 representatives of national machineries for the advancement of women, other government officials, judicial officers and parliamentarians to strengthen their technical capacities in gender equality and implementation of human rights treaty obligations and reporting.  The workshops strengthened the capacities of 99 national experts.  In feedback from the training activities, 75% of the participants indicated satisfaction with the quality and usefulness of the training, and that it enhanced their capacity to use international legal instruments in the implementation of their work.  The subprogramme anticipates that as a result of the workshops, the number of Member States’ commitment to implement steps for the promotion of gender equality and the elimination of discrimination and violence against women will increase to 15 in 2010-11. The subprogramme also anticipates that 15 Member States will be able to report on action taken to implement the Platform for Action and prevent and address violence against women. This positive trend would contribute to greater gender equality in developing countries.