Country Gender Indicator Framework
The Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities (DWYPD) is the custodian and steward of gender policy in South Africa. Its primary role is to develop policy and ensure that the country’s gender priorities, including those arising from national and international commitments, are mainstreamed across the state machinery towards achieving gender equality and better development outcomes for women and girls. To this end, the DWYPD developed a Framework on Gender – Responsive Planning, Budgeting, Monitoring, Evaluation and Auditing (GRPBMEA) that sets out the country’s approach to mainstreaming gender across the public policy cycle. The framework describes the problem statement, provides a comprehensive overview of the policy and legislative landscape, articulates the approach to GRPBMEA and identifies implementation priorities and the roles and responsibilities of critical departments in this regard.
Fundamentally, the GRPBMEA is about turning policy commitments into actions and results by integrating them into government policy cycle. However, policy commitments by themselves are less effective if they are not accompanied by a set of indicators that can be integrated within planning and budgeting instruments and to track and monitor progress against defined targets.