Including girls in the post-2015 agenda: The role of sub-national governments

Excellent blog by Khalida Ghaus who points towards the need for gender budgeting at sub-national level in the post 2015 agenda. Research from Pakistan shows that costings aren’t taking out of school children into account, the majority of which are girls. She calls for the development of gender sensitive indicators that are tied to federal incentives. - what comes after the MDGs?

This post has been written by Khalida Ghaus, Director of the Social Policy and Development Centre (SPDC) in Pakistan who has just published her paper – Intergovernmental Fiscal Transfers and Gender Sensitive Education Financing – as part of the Southern Voice Initiative .

Reducing the gap between girls and boys in education is one goal that should persist in the next development agenda. But how can governments accomplish this goal? Beyond all the educational policy one must also look closely at how resources are allocated to education. In many developing countries this is not a straight forward question, with decentralization processes having become popular, the responsibility for providing education varies: in some countries the central government has a major role, and in others the provincial or state governments have been given the responsibility to provide these services. So how should the next development agenda include subnational governments?

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