Gender Responsive And Participatory Budgeting (GRPB)

As a flagship programme of Gender Inclusiveness Policy (GIP) launched in March 2019, GRPB is now fully implemented at the Penang State and Local Governments. GRPB approach links communities, agencies, all levels of government, and bridges the gap between service users and service providers.

Objectives of GRPB:

  • Includes all stakeholders in budget planning and delivery
  • Responsive to the different needs of different people
  • Allows data to support better and more informed policies
  • Strengthens the linkages between economic and social policy outcomes

GRPB Implementers – Local & State Government

PWDC works closely with the State Government and Local Government to mainstream gender. As valued added partners, PWDC often functions as a consultant for integration of gender perspectives as well as women’s rights and good governance.


GRPB’s tagline “Different People, Different Needs” helps authorities and local communities to recognize the different needs of different people, including women and men, girls, and boys.

PWDC team works with all heads of government departments and agencies to implement the budgeting and collect sex-disaggregated data.

Workshops are also conducted for the local councils and communities to iron out the workings of implementing GRPB.


GRPB started with a visit to Berlin to learn GRB (Gender Responsive Budgeting) in the annual budget cycle in 2012. After successful implementation in some of the constituencies, and a number of national and international recognition over the years, GRPB is institutionalized under the Gender Inclusiveness Policy launched in 2019.


Gender Responsive and Participatory Budgeting (GRPB) started


Supported by both Penang Island City Council (MBPP) and Seberang Perai City Council (MBSP). Penang became the first city in the world to combine two budgeting approaches, namely Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) and Participatory Budgeting (PB) to influence public expenditure.

2014 March

The International Observatory on Participatory Democracy (IOPD) award with a Special Mention of the International Jury of the IOPD 8th “Best Practice in Citizen Participation”


Awarded to Municipal Council of Penang Island (MPPP), Municipal Council of Seberang Perai (MPSP) and PWDC


Drafting of Gender Inclusiveness Policy


The policy drafting process started with the Penang State Government, stakeholders, and researches.

2018 October

“Gender Responsive and Participatory Budgeting: Financing Reform Through Community Empowerment”


National recognition was also awarded to PWDC in Kuala Lumpur.

2018 November

The International Observatory on Participatory Democracy (IOPD) award with a Special Mention of the Jury ‘Best Practice in Citizen Participation’


“Our Money, Our Say” Participatory Budgeting Project won an international award in Barcelona, Brazil.

2019 January

Launch of Gender Inclusiveness Policy


In January 2019, the Gender Inclusiveness Policy was tabled and passed by the Penang State Government. The policy was adopted and officiated by the Penang Chief Minister, YAB Chow Kon Yeow on the 7th March 2019.

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