A new masters course was on Friday launched at Makerere University to promote gender-based economic policies in the country. The Master of Arts in Gender-Aware Economics will be implemented under the United Nations Development Programme support and is the first of its kind in Africa. Mr Theophane Nikyema, the UN resident coordinator said the programme is aimed at arming policy makers and planners with knowledge and tools to apply gender consideration in economic analysis and policy making.
“It is expected that the course will lead to better streamlining of gender issues in policy formulation and planning at various levels; national, regional and beyond. It is also expected that the skills and rigorous analysis that will be gained from the course will contribute to accelerating achievement of the Millennium Development Goal on gender,” Mr Nikyema told journalists.
Pioneer students in the course commence studies in August, and are expected to acquire expertise to mainstream gender perspectives in development policy formulation and planning. The institution’s Faculty of Economics & Management jointly run the course with the Department of Women and Gender Studies and will admit all Africans.
Minister of Gender Labour and Social Development Gabriel Opio said the degree will provide Africa with a new generation of economists, planners and policy makers, who are aware of the costs of existing gender inequalities. “The cost to national development incurred from gender inequalities is immense,” he said.