Gender Budgeting: Critical Perspectives with Optimistic Overtones
August 26, 2015Washington, D.C.

Economist Sheila Quinn will present early findings from new research commissioned by the IMF to assess the impact of gender budgeting on macroeconomic policy and public finance management.

A Gender and Development Seminar Series Event

At the Finance for Development Conference in Addis Ababa in July, governments made commitments on financing for gender equality and undertook to increase transparency and equal participation in the budgeting process and to promote gender responsive budgeting and tracking.

Gender budgeting promotes greater accountability on how governments are promoting gender equality and helps ensure that budgets and policies are geared toward achieving gender equality. It entails identifying and reflecting needed interventions to address gender gaps in sector and local government policies, plans and budgets. Gender Budgeting also aims to analyze the gender-differentiated impact of revenue-raising policies and the allocation of domestic resources and Official Development Assistance.

Many countries have been implementing gender budgeting over periods of several years; new research commissioned by the IMF will assess the impact of gender budgeting on macroeconomic policy and public finance management. 


Sheila Quinn, Political Economist and Gender Specialist


Dino Merotto, Lead Economist, Jobs Cross-Cutting Solutions Area


Carolina Rentería, Lead Economist, Macroeconomics and Fiscal Management Global Practice


  • Sheila Quinn

    Sheila Quinn is a political economist and gender specialist, working independently to provide consultancy, technical support, research and training, primarily in the area of gender mainstreaming and gender responsive budgeting (GRB). Her work also focuses on the realisation of human rights, including rights for LGBT people. She has written extensively on these topics, including a number of practical and situation-specific guides, among them the seminal GRB text for the Council of Europe in 2009 and the more recent manual for Civil Society Groups, commissioned by UN Women. Her Activist’s Guide to the Yogyakarta Principles brings to life and evident applicability international human rights law, and associated mechanisms, relevant to LGBT people. She has worked in a number of newly independent countries, including Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, Ukraine, Moldova and Lithuania. Sheila is a member of the UNDP Panel of Experts on Gender Equality in Public Administration and the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) group of Gender Mainstreaming Experts.
  • Dino Merotto

    Dino Merotto is a Lead Economist in the Jobs Group (CCSA). Now leading on Jobs Diagnostics, he previously led the Inclusive Growth and Debt teams in the old Economic Policy and Debt Department in PREM. Dino worked extensively as a Senior Country Economist (2003-2012) on growth diagnostics, public expenditure analysis and debt sustainability in Uganda, Moldova and Ethiopia. He is a co-author of recent data knowledge tools (JobStructures for structural transformation, BuDDy for business analysis, BOOST for public expenditures, and "PRISM" for macro vulnerability). He joined the Bank in 1999 as Advisor to the Executive Director for the United Kingdom (IMF/IBRD). Prior to that, he worked for 7 years in DFID as a Country Economist in various assignments, covering Ghana, Sierra Leone, the Gambia, and the Caribbean Region. He began his development career as a Fellow of the UK's Overseas Development Institute in 1989, working on fiscal reforms in Fiji's Finance Ministry.
  • Carolina Rentería

    Carolina Rentería is Lead Economist in the Macroeconomics and Fiscal Management Global Practice and Leader of the Community of Practice for Fiscal Management and Quality of Public Expenditures. She joined the World Bank Group in 2009 as Executive Director representing Colombia and eight other countries at the Board, and was subsequently Practice Manager for Investment Climate. Prior to the World Bank, she served as Colombia’s Director (Minister) of Planning from 2006-2009, National Budget Director from 2002-2006, and Senior Advisor to the Minister of Finance and to the National Council on Fiscal Policy from 1999 to 2002.
  • When : 12:30-2 p.m. ET
  • Where: J1-050, World Bank Headquarters
  • CONTACT: Lisa Fry