Project Name Promoting Gender-Inclusive Growth in Central and West Asia Developing Member Countries
Project Number 44067-012
Country Regional
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7563-REG: Promoting Gender-Inclusive Growth in Central and West Asia Developing Member Countries
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 3.20 million
TA 7563-REG: Promoting Gender-Inclusive Growth in Central and West Asia Developing Member Countries (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.30 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management - Economic affairs management

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Description The technical assistance (TA) will strengthen the capacity of DMCs in Central and West Asia to (i) apply gender mainstreaming strategies in the design and implementation of programs and projects, (ii) support innovative and strategic approaches in the DMCs to promote gender equality and women's empowerment, and (iii) promote partnership and cooperation to enhance synergy. Activities will be supported through core areas of operations of ADB's Central and West Asia Department (CWRD), in which country-specific, innovative, and effective design features will be developed to provide equal opportunity for women and men to participate in and benefit from project and programs
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy In-country consultations with government agencies, non-government and civil society organizations, and development partners found that the TA is essential to support DMCs in Central and West Asia and to enable CWRD to better assist DMCs in systematically addressing gender concerns in development. In respect of the decreasing resources in GAD Cooperation Fund to support GAD policy implementation in all ADB operations, the TA will pave the way for CWRD to institutionalize its own structure, mechanisms, and approaches to accelerate gender mainstreaming in its operations to meet Strategy 2020 targets
Impact Gender-inclusive growth is attained in participating DMCs
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Improved capacity of DMCs in gender mainstreaming
Progress Toward Outcome The CWRD has been progressively gender mainstreamed (measured by % EGM and GEN projects) with the support of the RETA: 35% in 2011, 40% in 2012, and 45% in 2013. 2014 was a slip to 35% due to some projects slipping to 2015, and a portfolio which was 'large infrastructure'-heavy. Nongovernment and civil society organizations actively participate in pilot projects, investment projects, and gender learning events.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Strengthened institutional capacity of NSOs to produce and promote use of gender data

2. Increased availability and use of updated country gender analytical works

3. Gender mainstreaming approaches in pilot projects developed and completed

4. GAD network cooperation is reinforced and coordinated

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

RETA Output 1 completed: publication completed (Gender Statistics and Development Planning, 2012); capacity building done in 4 DMCs (KAZ, KGZ, TAJ, UZB). These were the activities undertaken:

(i) Draft organization policy to improve production and dissemination of gender statistics was prepared in each country, through dialogues with a total of 170 data producer and user GO, CSO and international organization representatives.

(ii) A total of 147 staff members of NSO and key government agencies in 4 DMCs with improved technical skills in gender analysis and dissemination of gender data, as a result of a training (2-4 days per DMC).

(iii) Gender webpages (English and Russian) developed and hosted by the official NSO websites of KAZ, KGZ and TAJ. In UZB, its link appears on the official website.

Output 2: CGAs: 3 published, 3 in progress. One country brief started. Information materials: 4 published. One research report in print. Details are:

(i) CGA Kazakhstan Printed English version published and disseminated. Online versions (English and Russian)published.

(ii) CGA Uzbekistan Printed and online version (English and Russian) published.

(iii) CGA Kyrgyz Ongoing preparation, in cooperation with the WB and DfID - updating of statistics done, ongoing review of the draft.

(iii) CGA Armenia - Completed. English version published online and in print. Started translation for the online Armenian version

(iv) CGA Kyrgyz - Ongoing. Produced with WB and UNDP. Ongoing final review.

(v) CGA Pakistan - Ongoing. Co-financed by the Australian government and implemented in cooperation with WB, IsDB, and Canada government. First draft presented in a consultation-validation workshop with key stakeholders July 23-34, 2014 in Islamabad. Final Consultant's report uploaded online. For editing prior to lay-out

(vi) CGA Tajikistan - Ongoing

(vii) Country Gender Brief Afghanistan Ongoing, interviews with GAD-related agencies done in Kabul, August 10-16. Ongoing preparation of the draft paper.

(vii) 4 information materials published: Uzbekistan Gender and Water: A Story Within a Story; Afghanistan: A Story within a Story: ADB Works to Prevent Sexually Transmitted Infections and Human Trafficking; Kyrgyz Republic: ADB Helps Rural Women Become Entrepreneurs ; Pakistan: ADB Helps Women During Pakistan's Post-Flood Reconstruction.

(viii) 1 research report publication in print: Using Information and Communication Technology to Support Women's Entrepreneurship in Central and West Asia (English version) published online, print copies disseminated. Russian verion uploaded and link disseminated to partners.

(ix) Continuing dissemination of knowledge products and RETA outputs to internal and external audiences through ADB website, to raise awareness on gender mainstreaming.

RETA Output 3: Pilot projects: 21 completed, these are:

(i) Afghanistan- livelihood skills training and support (Women's Group Product Based Handicraft Training, Production and Marketing)

(ii) Armenia - livelihood skills training and support (Gender Inclusive Growth along North-South Corridor)

(iii) Armenia - training for local governments (Creating Tools and Skills for Gender Mainstreaming at the Local Level)

(iv) Armenia - research (Study on Women SMEs in Armenia)

(v) Azerbaijan - research (Sexual Harassment in the Baku Metro and Connected Spaces)

(vi) Azerbaijan - (Program on Women's Entrepreneurs in the Regions)

(vii) Georgia - awareness raising (Information-Education Campaign (IEC) on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Marneuli and Mestia)

(viii) Georgia - research (Sexual Harassment in the Tbilisi Metro and Connected Spaces)

(ix)) Kyrgyz Republic - research (Women Entrepreneurship in the Kyrgyz Republic)

(x) Kyrgyz Republic - research and gender sensitivity training of secondary TVET school managers (Improving Technical and vocational education training in the Kyrgyz Republic)

(xi) Pakistan - livelihoods skills training and support (Improving Livelihood Opportunities for Women in Livestock and Dairy Development Sector, Phase I and II

(xii) Pakistan - research (Sexual harassment in the Karachi Buses and Connected Spaces)

(xiii) Pakistan - leadership and entrepreneurship training (Building local capacity to develop local solutions for social issues)

(xiv) Pakistan - public awareness building and lawyer's training (Addressing Gender-Based Violence in Pakistan).

(xv) Tajikistan - entrepreneurial skills training (Vocational Education for the Development of Women Entrepreneurs)

(xvi) Tajikistan - (Strengthening Women's Economic Resiliency in Climate Change Vulnerable Areas Across Darwaz)

(xvii) Uzbekistan - research (Support for Implementation of CEDAW National Action Plan)

(xviii) Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Uzbekistan research (Leveraging Information and Communication Technology to Foster Women's Entrepreneurship in Central and West Asia. Country Experiences and Emerging Good Practices)

(xix) Uzbekistan - livelihoods training and support (Strengthening the Economic Capacity of Women Along the CAREC Corridor 2 in Pap Namangan)

(xx) Afghanistan - research and training (Technical-Vocational Livelihoods Training For Energy Sector Development Investment Program Beneficiariies)

3 pilot projects ongoing:

(i) Tajikistan- awareness raising. Training and materials production (Raising Awareness and Training in Support of Green Finance)

(ii) Uzbekistan - livelihood project

(iii) Kyrgyz Republic- capacity building and ICT development (SMS Based Information Alert Service for Women Entrepreneurs).

- 2 pilot projects under negotiaion(PAK on energy and AFG on a mediation)

- Ongoing preparation of a publication on the results of pilot projects

- Knowledge product publication-prepared manuscript on research report from the sexual harassment study

Monitoring of GAPs implementation is ongoing. Periodic reports prepared and shared with project team leaders.

TA Output 4: To date, 40 learning events have been organized across all DMCs, except Turkmenistan. These include commemorative activities on the occasion of women's day/month (March), reproductive health month (May), Annual International Days of Campaign Against VAW (Nov-Dec); gender technical group (GTG) seminars, in cooperation with NGO and other donors. Partnership with NGO and donor partners strengthened. in Pakistan, ADB is selected as INGAD network chair. RETA consultants attended the Gender, Voice and Agency Workshop (June 2015); Gender Specialists' Exchange and Consultation Workshop (Aug. 2015). Ongoing preparation for the end-of RETA conference on 6-7 October 2015.

Geographical Location (i) Central Asia region with Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan,(iii) Afghanistan,(iv) Pakistan,(ii) Caucasus region with Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design

Consultations with government agencies, non-government organizations, and civil society during design phase of the TA.

Endorsement of Government secured.

During Project Implementation

Continued stakeholder consultation and participation during implementation.

No Objection received from 10 DMCs

Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

National Consultants:

1. ADB Headgquarters-Based TA Administrator (13 person-months)

2. ADB Headquarters-Based TA Coordinator/GAD consultant (63 person-months)

3. Subregional Project Manager (24 person-months)

3. Implementation Consultants (5 individuals, 279 person-months)

International Consultants ( 5 individuals, 34 person-months)

Firms/NGOs (22 contracts)

Procurement Computers were provided to the national consultants
Responsible ADB Officer Shanny Campbell
Responsible ADB Department Office of the Director General, CWRD
Responsible ADB Division Portfolio, Results, Safeguards and Social Sector Unit, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong
Metro Manila, Philippines
P.O. Box 789, 1099 Manila,
Concept Clearance 21 Jun 2010
Fact Finding -
Approval 19 Jul 2010
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 21 May 2010
Last PDS Update 11 Sep 2015

TA 7563-REG

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
19 Jul 2010 - 19 Jul 2010 30 Nov 2013 31 Mar 2016 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
4,500,000.00 0.00 350,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 4,850,000.00 19 Jul 2010 3,142,574.36

This project data sheet was generated from on 10 October 2015