Interim Progress Report on the Policy on Gender and Development

Institutional Document | November 2002

This interim report (i) briefly outlines the policy on gender and development; (ii) indicates on progress in implementing the policy through operational, institutional, and other activities; and (iii) considers mechanisms for improving implementation of the policy in the context of ADB's poverty reduction agenda and increased regional and country focus with its reorganization.

In June 1998, the Board of Directors of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) adopted a policy on gender and development (GAD). The new GAD policy confirmed a shift in ADB's approach to women, from targeted interventions primarily in the social sectors to mainstreaming gender in all ADB operations. To support gender mainstreaming, the GAD policy codified a number of operational requirements and practices, and introduced several new institutional mechanisms. It also called for an interim status report on implementation and progress after 2 years, and an overall review and evaluation after 5 years.

This interim report (i) briefly outlines the policy on GAD; (ii) indicates on progress in implementing the policy through operational, institutional, and other activities; and (iii) considers mechanisms for improving implementation of the policy in the context of ADB's poverty reduction agenda and increased regional and country focus with its reorganization. A full review and evaluation of the policy on GAD will be carried out in early 2004, to allow for 2 full years of experience under ADB's new organization.

Contents 

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • ADB's Policy on Gender and Development
  • Implementation of the Policy on GAD
  • Future Directions
  • Conclusions
  • Appendixes