On behalf of the German Development Cooperation, a training on Gender Sensitive Project Management had been organized by GIZ Kosovo between 21st and 23rd November, and implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH.
The first half day training was directed to all GIZ Kosovo staff members as a general introduction into the dimensions of gender equality with the facts, figures, and the historical achievements. The training was conducted and facilitated by Mrs. Donjeta Morina, instructor at Kosovo Women’s Network (KWN). The aim was to raise awareness for the relevance of gender equality in the daily work of all staff members. The participants familiarized with the basic concepts related to Gender Equality and the legal framework in Kosovo, Institutional Mechanisms at local and central level and practical examples of Gender Mainstreaming in different sectors in Kosovo. More than 60 staff members took actively part in the training and started some lively debates.
The subsequent 2.5 day training was directed to the Gender Focal Points/persons of the different GIZ projects in Kosovo. The training was conducted and facilitated by Dr. Nina Alff, a freelance trainer and Katharina Theissen, advisor in the sector programme “Promotion of Gender Equality and Women’s Rights” in GIZ.
The training covered the following topics: International Gender Policy Framework, BMZ Gender Strategy and Action Plan, relevance of Gender-markers Gender Analyses, Gender Sensitive Project Cycle and instruments for quality assurance, Promotion on Gender Mainstreaming at project levels as well as the roles and responsibilities of Gender Focal Points on different levels in GIZ.
Presentation of the training objectives, clarification of the important gender terms, brain writing on different posters with regard to Gender Equality, Gender Mainstreaming, Feminism and Empowerment have been debated between the Gender Focal Point in the afternoon session of first day.
Gender sensitive monitoring, prerequisites and general considerations on how to monitor the implementation of activities and the intended results, how to review indicators in a gender sensitive manner, which data is needed and how to document the results was presented in the afternoon session of the second day of the training.
The third day of training dealt with a review of project plans and the Result Matrices of the respective projects. Participants checked the existing monitoring plans and worked on reformulation of indicators and objectives of their projects as well as more gender-responsive activities
A presentation on Gender-Responsive Budgeting in Kosovo was given by Rejhane Zylfijaj, expert in the Reform of Public Finance project in which the participants have been informed more in detail regarding this issue. The focus of the afternoon session was on how to identify the strengths and weaknesses of partner institutions with regard to their gender capacities and how to assess them. This is particularly relevant as the different GIZ projects work with a huge number of civil society organizations in Kosovo.
Author: Ardiana Lutolli