Gender-responsive development calls for gender-responsive financing. From a gender perspective there are three levers to promote gender equality:

  • the mobilisation of domestic resources in the cooperation countries themselves,
  • the mobilisation of international resources, and
  • systemic approaches and a coherent policies.

The instrument of gender-responsive budgeting helps to engender public budgets.

UN Women defines gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) as "government planning, programming and budgeting that contributes to the advancement of gender equality and the fulfilment of women's rights. It entails identifying and reflecting needed interventions to address gender gaps in sector and local government policies, plans and budgets. GRB also aims to analyse the gender-differentiated impact of revenue-raising policies and the allocation of domestic resources and Official Development Assistance. GRB initiatives seek to create enabling policy frameworks, build capacity and strengthen monitoring mechanisms to support accountability to women."