On 02nd to 04th November, 2017, The International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion (MIGEPROF), UN Women and UONGOZI Institute convened a peer learning event in Rwanda, a country which has emerged as a leader in advancing gender equality and ranked among the top performing countries with regard to women’s economic and political representation globally. Hosting the event in Rwanda provided the opportunity for other low-income countries to get exposure to best practices, inspiration, and connections for future collaboration.

The workshop aimed at; spreading best-practices in promoting gender equality beyond the dissemination of theoretical approaches; being a forum for policy makers, gender advocates and civil society to exchange information on and approaches to successful initiatives designed to close gender gaps; building a network for peer-learning within sub-Saharan Africa and therefore creating the foundation for collaboration going forward.

Best-practices were highlighted in the following areas:

  • National gender strategies—experiences in developing strategies in terms of content, scope, degree of ambition, and generating buy-in.
  • Public service delivery—the role of the state in translating the big picture gender targets into concrete programs capable of delivering those objectives, including mainstreaming via gender budgeting.
  • Data collection and dissemination—key data constraints to gender analysis and showcasing useful formats and platforms across countries, and discussing the role of NGOs in collecting and disseminating information.
  • Creating a supportive environment—key initiatives to provide equality in opportunities, including through legal and fiscal reforms, equality in access to finance, and ICT-based solutions to advance gender equality