Fiscal Policies and Gender Equality

IMF Headquarters, Washington, DC
November 07, 2016 

The conference started with a panel on how fiscal policies can contribute to gender equality and women’s advancement, and featured Ms. Christine Lagarde, IMF Managing Director, Ms. Julie Delahanty, Executive Director, Oxfam Canada, Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women, and Ms. Laura Tyson, Professor of Business Administration and Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. Ms. Sheila MacVicar served as the master of ceremonies and moderated the first panel.

In addition, the conference offered panel discussions with academics and public officials working on relevant topics, as well as a keynote speech by Prof. Diane Elson, and the presentation of results from an IMF/UK DFID project on gender budgeting. 

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Monday, November 07, 2016
8:30 a.m.
Registration and continental breakfast
9:30 a.m.
Opening remarks

Ms. Sheila MacVicar

9:45-10:45 a.m.
Adapting Fiscal Policies to Promote Gender Equality

Moderator: Ms. Sheila MacVicar


Ms. Christine Lagarde (Managing Director, IMF)

Ms. Julie Delahanty (Executive Director, Oxfam Canada)

Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (Executive Director, UN Women) 

Ms. Laura Tyson (Professor, University of California, Berkeley and former Chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers)

10:45 a.m.
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Evidence-Based Design of Fiscal Policies for Gender Equality

Moderator: Mr. Sanjeev Gupta (Deputy Director, IMF Fiscal Affairs Department)


Ms. Mayra Buvinic (Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development) 

Mr. Otaviano Canuto (World Bank, Executive Director) 

Mr. Stephan Klasen (Professor, University of Gottingen) (will participate by video)

Ms. Rohini Pande (Professor, Harvard University)

12:30-1:45 p.m. Buffet Lunch
1:15-1:45 p.m.

Keynote: The Origins and Future of Gender Budgeting

Presenter: Ms. Diane Elson (Professor Emerita, University of Essex, UK and UK Women’s Budget Group)

1:45-3:00 p.m.

Gender Budgeting around the Globe: Survey and Assessment of Country Efforts

Moderator:  Ms. Janet Stotsky (Visiting Scholar, IMF Research Department)

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Ms. Lekha Chakraborty (Associate Professor, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, Delhi)

Ms. Tamoya Christie (Economist, Gender, World Bank)

Ms. Lisa Kolovich (Economist, IMF Strategy, Policy, and Review Department)

Ms. Lucía Pérez Fragoso (Economist, Equidad de Género, Ciudadanía, Trabajo y Familia, AC, México)

Ms. Sheila Quinn (Independent Scholar)

3:00-3:15 p.m.


3:15-4:30 p.m.

Practical Dimensions of Implementing Gender Budgeting

Moderator:  Ms. Caren Grown (Senior Director, Gender, World Bank) 


Mr. Adil Hidane (Coordinator of the Centre of Excellence in Gender Budgeting, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Morocco)

Ms. Yamini Mishra (Gender Budgeting Specialist, Asia Pacific Office, UN Women)

Ms. Friederike Schwarzendorfer (Deputy Director General, Directorate for Budget and Public Finance, Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance, Austria)

Ms. Sylvia Tereka (Gender Advisor, Ministry of Finance, Uganda)

4:30-4:45 p.m.

A Look Ahead: Operationalizing Gender Equality and Fiscal Policies

Ms. Catherine Pattillo (Assistant Director, Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF)

4:45-6:00 p.m.