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Data base for Financing for Gender Equality (2010 to 2013) in 6 pilot councils in the South West Region.

Data base for Financing for Gender Equality (2010 to 2013) in 6 pilot councils in the South West Region.

No Council 2010 2011 2012                                2013
1 Buea  l 5.236,832 youth Employment 17.417,315 youth Employment 11.279,562 youth Employment 5.235,832 youth Employment
1,000.000 3.041,675 3,000.000 1,000.000
200,000 women Group 651,933 women Group 6,000.000 women Group 5.500,000 women Group
2 Ekondo Titi 2.500,000 (W. Day) 2.500,000 (W. Day)  Same Same
   500,000 ( W. Groups) 500,000 ( W. Groups) same same
   500,000 (Youth Day)    500,000 (Youth Day) same same
    500,000 ( 20th May) 500,000 ( 20th May)  same
    250,000 (R.W. Day) 300,000 (R.W. Day ) same
3 Kumba II Not Available 3,000.000 1,000.000 3.140,000
(Temporary Jobs for youths-boys, girls) (Temporary Jobs for youths-boys, girls) (Temporary Jobs for youths- boys, girls)
5,000.000 2,000.000 2,000.000
(grants to schools) (grants to schools) (grants to schools)
5,000.000 2,000.000 1,000.000
(social centers- Women groups) (social centers- Women groups) (social centers- Women groups)
4 Nguti 100,000 (women day) 100,000 (women day) 100,000 (women day) 200,000 (women day)
200,000 (A.W. Day) 200,000 (A.W. Day) 200,000 (A.W. Day) 250,000 (A.W. Day)
200,000(W.Empowerment 200,000(W.Empowerment 200,000(W.Empowerment 500,000(W.Empowerment
50,000 (W. Associations) 50,000 (W. Associations) 50,000 (W. Associations) 100,000 (W. Associations)
300,000 (Youth Day) 300,000 (Youth Day) 300,000 (Youth Day) 300,000 (Youth Day)
1,000.000(Y. Employment). 1,000.000(Y. Employment). 1,000.000(Y. Employment). 1,000.000(Y. Employment).
5 Menji 500,000 (women Gps) 500,000 (women Gps) 500,000 (women Gps) 1.000,000 (women Gps)
700,000(Mayor’s cup) 700,000(Mayor’s cup) 700,000(Mayor’s cup) 1.000,000(Mayor’s cup)
400,000 (internal sports) 400,000 (internal sports) 400,000 (internal sports) 500,000 (internal sports)
6 Tinto 50,000 (Women Day) 50,000 (Women Day) 150,000 (Women Day) 250,000 (Women Day)
900,000 (Youth Day) 900,000 (Youth Day) 950,000 (Youth Day) 1.000,000 (Youth Day)
1,000.000 (Holiday Jobs) 1,000.000 (Holiday Jobs) 1,500.000 (Holiday Jobs) 2,000.000 (Holiday Jobs)
  1,000,000 ( For Disables) 1,000,000 ( For Disables) 1,000,000 ( For Disables) 1,000,000 ( For Disables)

 

 

The study reached a total of one thousand and seventy one (1,071) individuals either personally or in groups. Below is a breakdown:

COUNCILS Persons contacted
Men Women Youth Physically Challenged Others
50 and Older 36 to 49 50 and Older 36 to 49 Male (20 to 35) Female(20 to 35) Cripple Blind Widows Street Children Single Mothers Sex Workers
Buea

30

40

30

40

20

20

10

5

15

5

20

Ekondo Titi

20

30

20

30

20

20

03

2

10

10

Kumba I

50

40

50

40

20

20

10

5

15

5

20

Menji

25

20

25

20

20

20

02

10

10

Nguti

20

15

20

15

20

20

02

10

10

Tinto

15

15

15

15

20

20

02

10

10

Total

160

160

160

160

120

120

19

12

70

10

80

0

 

 

 

 

 

No Council Person Contacted (category) Key Responses / Observations
1 Buea (Fako Division) Female Deputy Mayor
  1. The function of a councilor is to seat in council sessions to deliberate.

 

  1. Chairperson is not consulted during budget preparation. Role is limited to deliberation and adoption.
  2. Not aware why she is not consulted
  3. The council has no gender dimension in its budget.
  4. The council is indifferent on gender issues
  5. There is no grouping of female councilors
  6. Gender issues are not considered in the council budget since the  authorities do not see the need
  7. Gender should be incorporated in council budgets because it ensures justice, fairness and promotes equality.
  8. The challenges in incorporating gender include insuring that the authorities see the need for this and to encourage women to advocate regularly.
  9. To overcome these challenges, the authorities need to be trained on gender budgeting.
  10. We need to involve female councilors and some beneficiaries too in the trainings.

 

Female Committee Chairperson
Secretary General
  • Our challenges include having funds to make up for the percentage in gender disparity.
  • Need for  adequate numbers of women and youths to make up for the gap in decision-making positions.
  • There is the challenge in over-coming apathy by women in leadership position and other public life.
  • We also need to cause Service Heads to see the need for gender and to institute fair salaries as a motivation.
  • The budgetary process starts with mobilization of public-stakeholders (taxation, businesspersons, women etc.) for the meeting. Next the elaboration by Council executive which is followed by the Council session.
  • Persons involved are the SG, the Treasurer, Municipal Service Heads and the Council Executives.
  • The Treasurer is involved from the start to the end to give information. The Service Heads are involved during elaboration. At implementation, it is only the Mayor, the Treasurer and the SG who are involved through the entire process.
  • Business persons are the main target for revenue collection.
  • We consider some scholarship allocation for the youths especially girls, and some support for women.
  • The council has a Council Development Plan (CDP) and a strategic Plan.
  • During elaboration of the CDP, gender was considered and some allocation is always considered for gender (e.g. support to girls, women’s Day support) during implementation.
  • Shall be willing to acquire skills in engendering the budget
  • The skills shall help us to overcome some of our challenges
Collaborators of the Council: 1)      The nature of the collaboration between the Buea Council and the above service is horizontal. MINPROFF is usually invited in Council sessions during Project Development, to give a view point.

2)      There is gender consideration in the collaboration

3)      The views of women are considered for example during celebrations like Women’s Day, the Council gives support and that the Women Empowerment Center is regularly supported by the council.

4)      Gender is important because women are the majority and women take care of the community

5)      Our collaboration can be engendered through education; by providing equal chances for all, no forced marriages, businesses places for women, land and inheritance rights, promoting women in decision-making positions etc.

6)      MINEPAT supports the Buea Council in project realization. That MINEPAT goes all over to gather project information that can enhance development.

7)      Gender is considered.

8)      MINEPAT  looks at gender considerations in terms of the impact of a project on the public

9)      Government depicts projects and MINEPAT does monitoring in different communities.

10)  We do just control and provide advice.

11)  Councils have their tender boards. That MINEPAT can enhance our collaboration with Councils through proper communication of the Growth and Strategy Paper, and to also provide them with technical advice when there is a need

Beneficiaries of Council Services:   Have fair knowledge on Council functions and of services provided by the councilv  Have  benefited from some council services like support given to women during Women Day activities, the construction of basic infrastructures like public toilets, market stores.

Have no knowledge about the Council budgetary process and have never been invited for it.

Did not vote during the 2013 elections because there is always rigging so she is not interested.

Shall run as a councilor in other to ensure the implementation of women’s project

Will also vote for a female councilor to increase their influence

Have little knowledge how the council functions but knows the council executes projects like grading of roads, cleaning of the town, build market shades and public toile

Have benefited from council services like collection of waste, and utilization of market structures

2 Ekondo Titi (Ndian Division)  Female Deputy Mayor:  
  • Handles town planning, collect market tolls, handles sanitation and social issues like Youth Day and Women Day activities.
  •  Partially consulted during budget preparation and her role is to give suggestions on issues that she handles as stated above.
  • The council always has the gender dimension in budgeting. This is by including the needs of women and others in every budgetary session, but the different target groups are not separated.
  • Bbelongs to groupings of Female Councilors and Mayors. She is a member of the tender board of Mayors where she represents the Ekondo Titi Mayor. She is also a member of the South West Association of Female Mayors.
  • Ensures that gender is always incorporated in the council budget. This is done by mainstreaming gender in all issues. At such the situation of gender has increased.
  • Gender should be incorporated because women and youth are the most vulnerable and marginalized.
  • A major challenge is to develop the spirit of advocacy in the different gender groups and to overcome traditional practices like limited economic and political powers allocated to women and the youth.
  •  Also enable women to develop more self-confidence. Also to stop early marriages.
  • To overcome these challenges, we need sensitization with targeted percentages to be realized, not just decisions on paper. We need government policies with the approved articles to be respected by all.

 

 Council Accountant:
  1. Gender places a role in his work and that of the council in general. That out of 25 workers, 11 are female and in the Finance Department there is one female cahier, one female clerk and one female finance agent.
  2. Beneficiaries are analyzed in terms of gender, since in budgeting Ekondo Titi Council always considers maternity leaves for women. Social issues like Women’s Day are always considered. Women forums benefit also. He said over 500,000 FRS was benefited last year women forums and an organization like the Council Women Association had 150,000 FRS. Some others also benefited.
  3. The Council analyzes in terms of gender. So they are gender responsive in budgeting
  4. The analysis is done quantitatively in Ekondo Titi and the frequency is every year.
  5. The role of the Treasurer is to provide statistics of beneficiary groups of the previous year so that the council can know whether to improve on services and how. The Treasurer also ensures the payment of staff benefits to insurance.
  6. The challenges include getting adequate number of beneficiaries in groups. If gotten, it helps in supporting quantitatively. They also envisage the challenge in getting groups registered in the council and other services around
  7. We envisage these problems because thorough findings and elaborate communication are not easily done about groups.
    1. In engendering the budget, the council should always invite the Treasurer and Finance Agents in all budget sessions
Council Collaborators: 
  • The relationship with the Ekondo Titi Council is cordial. MINPROFF is always invited for the Ekondo Titi Council budgetary sessions and the Council helps to sponsor Women Day activities, Rural Women Day and the Day of the Family. Also helps to give free legalization of marriages.
  • Gender considerations are important because it helps to reduce marginalization and ensure equality of all.
  • The council can further do promotion of gender by supporting women with equipment not only finance and could even help Common Initiative Groups(CIGs) to develop or increase in the council area.
  • Support to women does not go far to grassroots level but support to CIGs can go far, even to rural areas.
Council Beneficiaries:   The council functions with directives from the Mayor as the head. The other authorities have assigned roles while the staffs are delegated on assignments. Every year, a budget is developed and adopted by councilors during budgetary sessions. Various stakeholders are also invited for the budget adoption. Implementation of identified projects is then done.

The council provides support for infrastructure, education, health and other social support.

Have not benefited in any council service except from stipends in the cause of doing work.

Have no knowledge of the council budgetary process

Not consulted as a beneficiary group

The council provides infrastructure and  maintenance, clean the town, and provides holiday jobs.

3 Kumba I (Meme Division) Secretary General,
  • Budget building starts with an orientation meeting with stakeholders
  • Those involved in budgeting include the Secretary General (SG) who chairs in process, there is the Finance Clerk, the Treasurer, and the Mayor
  • The Finance Clerk provides administrative documents, the Treasurer complements and provides bank statements, while the SG builds the budget.
  • The target groups considered in budgeting are youths and women
  • The gender dimension is considered but timidly because there are few women who work in that domain and the few here are not proactive.
  •  The challenges in engendering our budget are having proactive men and available women
  • We need skills to engender our budget
  • Skills acquired shall make everyone to be proactive and to be engaged in collecting data on gender issues
Committee Chairpersons: :1)      Functions include to go through the books and give suggestions to improve work

2)      Regularly consulted in budgeting now, but not in the past

3)      All dimensions of gender are considered when presented

4)      Gender is important because it avoids marginalization of any group.

5)      Persons involve are the Secretary General (SG) as the Chairperson, the Mayor and the Finance Committee.

6)      Committees are not given attention because of administrative lapses

7)      The Council’s budget has very little gender dimension

8)      Very few proactive women and youths in the area to ensure that the Council budget

is gender sensitive.

9)      The Council periodically, provides support to the youth and physically challenged persons.

10)  Gender issues are not our regular needs so they have no place in the budget. Notwithstanding, the everyday needs like water, good roads, construction of markets, are of much more help but to the different gender groups since it ease their operations.

 

Collaborators of the Council:
  • See previous councils
Beneficiaries of Council Services:
  1. In the Council, the Mayor works with his deputies and Councilors to decide on issues. That a committee develops the administrative accounts and the budget. Then the Mayor and the Secretary General (SG) decide on the implementation. The council also invites some services to take decisions when necessary
  2. The services mentioned as provided by the council include road maintenance work, project realization like water, collection of Market tolls etc.
  3. Have benefited from Council services like payments of her meeting allowances
  4. Have no knowledge of the stages in the budget preparation.
  5. Regularly invited  to question issues during the budgetary session
  6. Contributes by  questioning issues for clarification
  7. Also gives advice during sessions
  8. Do not participate in the process or stages but during the last buildup session involving all.
4 Menji (Lebialem Division) Secretary General, 1) The budget building starts with an orientation meeting with stakeholders2) Persons involved include the SG as Chairperson, the Finance Clerk, the Treasurer, and the Mayor

3) The Finance Clerk provides administrative documents, the Treasurer complements and provides bank statements, while the SG builds the budget.

4) The target groups considered are; youths, women, – but the council is not very gender sensitive.

5)  The gender dimension was considered but these are not many because there are no women who work in that domain.

6) Female staff are not proactive.

6) The Council has a Communal Development Plan (CDP)

7) Nothing affects the CDP process on elaboration, implementation, monitoring and investment because nothing is talked about Gender Responsive Budgeting.

8) The challenges in engendering the budget here are having proactive men and available women

9) Said they need skills to engender their budget

10) Skills acquired shall make everyone to be proactive and to be engaged in collecting data on gender issues.

 

Committee Chairpersons:  Same as Ekondo Titi Council.
Collaborators of the Council: 1)      The nature of the collaboration between the Menji Council and the above service is horizontal, she said. MINPROFF is usually invited in Council sessions during Project Development, to give a view point.2)      That there is gender consideration in the collaboration

3)      The view of women is considered for example on water projects; women are the most touched, since they often go out for it. During celebrations like Women’s Day, the Council gives support. The Women Empowerment Center is run by the Mayor though the Center has a Director. But the Mayor is a vote holder.

4)      Gender considerations are very important

5)      Gender is important because women are the majority and women take care of the community

6)      Our collaboration can be engendered through education; by providing equal chances for all, no force marriages, businesses places be encouraged for women, land and inheritance right, promoting women in decision-making positions etc.

Beneficiaries of Council Services: Similar results from previous councils
5 Nguti (Kupe Muanenguba Division) Female Deputy Mayor:  
  1. Duties as the Deputy Mayor is to handle town planning, handle marketing, tolls, sanitation and social issues like Youth Day and Women Day activities.
  2.  Partially consulted during budget and her role is to give suggestions on related issues above.
  3. The council always has the gender dimension in budgeting. This is by including the needs of women and others in every budgetary session. But though trained on budget preparation, different target groups are not separated because if this is done, it becomes a stigmatization.
  4. Belongs to groupings of Female Councilors and Mayors. She is a member of the tender board of Mayors where she represents the Nguti Mayor. She is the Chairperson of the Electricity Committee and represents women. Also a member of the South West Association of Female Mayors.
  5. Gender be incorporated because women and youth are the most vulnerable and marginalized, so need to regular attention
  6. A major challenge is overcoming traditional practices that do not give women a place. Another one is enabling women to be proactive and stop being shy. Also to stop early marriages. And to enable men to give attention to gender issues and not deft ears as many do.
  7. To overcome these challenges, we need sensitization with targeted percentages to be realized, not just decisions on paper. We need government policies with the approved articles to be respected by all.

 

 Council Accountant:
  1. Gender plays a role in his work and that of the council in general. That out of 26 workers, 12 are female and in the Finance Department there is One female cahier, one female clerk and one female finance agent
  2. Beneficiaries are analyzed in terms of gender since in budgeting Nguti council always considers maternity leaves for women. Social issues like Women’s Day are always considered. Women forums benefited a lot. Last year they had 400,000 FRS. Organizations like the Council Women Association had 150,000CFA Frs. Some others also benefited.
  3. The council analyzes in terms of gender, in other to be gender responsive in budgeting
  4. The analysis is done quantitatively in Nguti and the frequency is every year.
  5. The role of the Treasurer is to provide statistics of beneficiary groups of the previous year so that the council can know whether to improve on services and how. The Treasurer also ensures the payment of staff benefits to insurance.
  6. The challenges include getting adequate number of beneficiaries in groups. If gotten, it helps in supporting quantitatively. They also envisage the challenge in getting groups registered in the council and other services around.
  7. We envisage these problems because thorough findings and elaborate communication are not easily done about groups.
  8. In engendering the budget, the council should always invite the Treasurer and Finance Agents in all budget sessions

 

Council Collaborators:
  • That their relationship with the Nguti council is cordial. MINPROFF is always invited for council budgetary meetings and the council helps to sponsor Women Day activities, Rural Women Day and the Day of the Family. Also helps to give free legalization of marriages.
  • That gender considerations are important because it helps to reduce marginalization and ensure equality
  • She mentioned that the council can further do promotion of gender by supporting women with tools not only finance and could even help CIGs to develop or increase in the council area.
  • That general support to women does not go far to grassroots level but support to CIGs can go far, even to rural areas.

 

 Council Beneficiaries: Similar to previous councils
6 TINTO (Manyu Division)  Secretary General   The budgetary process starts with mobilization of public-stakeholders (Taxation, businesspersons, women etc.) for the meeting. Next the elaboration by Council executive, then the Council session.v  Persons involved are the SG, the Treasurer, Municipal Service Heads and the Council Executives.

Shall be willing to acquire skills in engendering the budget

The skills shall help us to overcome short-comings

Committee Chairperson
  1. Not consulted during budget preparation but only adopts
  2. The Council has no gender dimension in its budget.
  3. The Council is negligent and lacks enough knowledge on gender issues
  4. Do not belong to any grouping of female councilors
  5. Gender issues are not considered in the Council budget since authorities do not see the need
  6. Gender should be incorporated in council budgets because it ensures justice, fairness and promotes equality.
  7. The challenges in incorporating gender include insuring that the authorities see the need for this and to encourage women to advocate regularly for this.
  8. To overcome these challenges, the authorities need to be trained on gender budgeting. We need to involve female councilors and some beneficiaries too in the trainings.
Beneficiaries of Council Services:   Do not know how the Council functions and not aware of services provided by the councilv  Have not benefited from the Council services; has no knowledge about the budgetary process and the last time she went in during the elaboration process was last two years and they were sent out because they were not invited. That the Council does not accept them.

Did  not vote during the 2013 elections because rigging would have made it to have no difference.

Shall run as a councilor in other to ensure the implementation of women’s project

Will also vote for a female councilor to increase their influence

Not aware how the council functions but knows the council executes projects like provision of classrooms, build market shades and toilets.

Has not benefited from council services

Has never been consulted during any budget session, though she was once a pioneer WCPDM member in Tinto

Shall vote any female candidate because their party is greedy to gender, so needs forceful persons to promote gender.

The council staff through directives from the Mayor, does tax control, and finances community projects.

Services provided by the councils are cleaning of the town, provision of infrastructure, and guide against destruction by animals.

Has benefited from a market shade provided by the council.

Has no idea on the budget preparation process and have never been consulted on this

 

 


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