Nepal: Establishing Women and Children Service Centers

Sovereign Project | 38097-012

Summary

The objective of the JFPR is to reduce vulnerability and helplessness of women and children in 5 rural districts of Nepal by providing professional and coordinated protection and assistance to female and child victims of crimes such as rape, domestic violence, polygamy, allegations of witchcraft, child abuse, child marriage and trafficking. This will increase their chances of reintegration into mainstream society and thus their participation in the development process eventually leading to poverty reduction.

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Project Name Establishing Women and Children Service Centers
Project Number 38097-012
Country Nepal
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 9135-NEP: Establishing Women and Children Service Centers
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 750,000.00
Grant 0382-NEP: Establishing Women and Children Service Centers
Gender and Development Cooperation Fund US$ 300,000.00
TA 8627-NEP: Supporting the Establishing Women and Children Service Centers Project
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector Public sector management - Social protection initiatives
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Description The objective of the JFPR is to reduce vulnerability and helplessness of women and children in 5 rural districts of Nepal by providing professional and coordinated protection and assistance to female and child victims of crimes such as rape, domestic violence, polygamy, allegations of witchcraft, child abuse, child marriage and trafficking. This will increase their chances of reintegration into mainstream society and thus their participation in the development process eventually leading to poverty reduction.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

ADB's overarching objective in Nepal will be for a broad-based and inclusive social and economic development process as to achieve poverty reduction. Support for promoting a socially inclusive development process will help the Government to improve the access of the poor to essential services and opportunities for economic advancement and political participation and to address the needs of disadvantaged women, ethnic groups, and castes. One of the crosscutting initiatives of the Government and supported by ADB is addressing gender, ethnic and caste discrimination through policy reforms and targeted investment.

The JFPR is linked to the Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women Project, which focuses on economic, legal and social empowerment of poor rural women in 5 districts in Nepal. The JFPR will in particular complement the legal empowerment component by providing women with a supporting environment to enforce and protect some of their rights. Intensive awareness raising on such rights as well as legal aid is part of the counterpart loan. It will also complement the economic and social empowerment components of the Project by creating an enabling environment, free of fear, and by rebuilding victims' confidence to participate in activities under these components.

Impact Reduced vulnerability and helplessness of women and children survivors of gender-based violence and abuse in 20 rural districts of Nepal.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Improved access by Nepalese women and children in 20 rural districts of Nepal to legal protection and social support services.
Progress Toward Outcome Coordination between district WCSCs and other stakeholders have been satisfactorily strengthened.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

3. Institutional capacity of the Nepal Police in dealing with crimes against women and children strengthened.

1. Civil society consultations and awareness-raising undertaken in WCSC districts.

2. Central WCSC in Kathmandu and 20 district WCSCs established.

4. Coordination between district WCSCs and other services strengthened.

5. Effective Project Management and M&E

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

3a. Seven modules developed with a training skills module focused on improving behavioral skills of police officers in the area of crimes against women and children are adapted to include elements of how to deal with crimes against women and children.

3b. Thirty senior police trainers (14 women) including 5 network members trained.

3c. A total of 303 persons (119 women) underwent training on domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, child abuse, and communication skills.

3d. Training on stress and trauma prevention for 80 police officers completed and program is being continued.

3e. Achieved for the first 5 WCSCs.

1a. Three public awareness telefilms and 2 video documentaries in 3 languages produced and telecast from national TV. Eight public awareness radio drama and 7 radio jingles produced and broadcasted from 6 local radio FMs daily emphasizing on domestic violence, polygamy, child sexual abuse, human trafficking, rape, etc. Seven types of posters, flex produced and demonstrated.

1b. 15 civil society consultation workshops carried out in 5 districts. An outcome report prepared, shared, and used the inputs duirng developing 5 separate WCSC Strategy of the first 5 districts.

1c. Completed for 5 districts. Impact study undertaken in 2013.

1d. Strategy paper for the first 5 WCSCs finalized.

2a. Construction of central WCSC in Naxal completed.

2b. Network Committees are operating in Jumla, Doti, Bara, Rautahat, and Dhanusha districts.

2c. The first 5 WCSCs and 1 WCSC in Naxal constructed under the project were provided with basic office package as envisaged.

4a. Network committees has met at least 20 times for the first 5 WCSC.

4b. Baseline survey and impact survey with analytical support completed for the first 5 districts.

Geographical Location Doti, Jumla, Bara, Rautahat and Dhanusa
Safeguard Categories
Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects N/A
Involuntary Resettlement The project entails the construction of five new buildings near district policy office at the district level and a new building at the central WCSC within the Police Headquarters. Land has been provided by the Police or communities and no involuntary settlement occured.
Indigenous Peoples Nepal is a multi-ethnic country with major issues related to social exclusion of low castes (dalits) and ethnic groups. The project area includes about 19 ethnic groups. The dalits are the most disadvantaged, with dalit women being even worse off. Awareness campaigns and appropriate mechanisms to minimize discrimination and ensure equitable distribution of benefits have been designed into the project.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design During the design of the Project, extensive consultations were undertaken with government officials, NGOs, civil society, human rights organizations, staff of women and children centers (WCSCs) and donors. During the consultations, representatives from various segments of society recognized the important role that WCSCs can play in addressing crimes against women and children and the need for: (i) strenthening of WCSCs and their staff, and (ii) improvements in the coordination between WCSCs and non government organizations (NGOs). Full local participation in the design activities will occur through focus group discussions, consultation workshops, public hearings, and surveys, to be held during the first phase of the Project to assess the need for WCSCs in different districts. Given the crucial role communities play in the WCSC network for victim support, NGOs, representatives from local governments and communities groups will implement part of the project activities. The participatory approach of the NGOs will facilitate the Project's process approach.
During Project Implementation The project has widely consulted with the local communities prior to the establishment of the WCSCs, to provide information about their intended purpose and mandate in order to get inputs from the local community in identifying the main concerns related to crimes against women and children to be addressed by the new WCSCs. Regular reviews of the project progress at each district are also conducted to receive inputs and feedbacks from the local stakeholders.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Consultants will be engage on individual basis.
Procurement Civil works are to be procured using the national competitive bidding,. Most of the equipment, and supplies are expected not to exceed $100,000 does shopping is acceptable. For items with value less than $10,000 direct purchase is used.
Responsible ADB Officer Suman Subba
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Nepal Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Nepal Police HeadquartersMs. Parbati Thapa MagarCWCELL@NEPALPOLICE.GOV.NPNepal Police Headquarters
Timetable
Concept Clearance 01 Mar 2011
Fact Finding 12 Apr 2004 to 24 Apr 2004
MRM -
Approval 03 Jul 2009
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 21 Jul 2006
Last PDS Update 26 Feb 2015

Grant 0277-NEP

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
18 May 2011 23 May 2012 18 Jul 2012 31 Dec 2012 30 Jun 2013 19 Mar 2014
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 0.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 18 May 2011 0.00 0.17 88%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 18 May 2011 0.00 0.17 88%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - - - - - Satisfactory

Grant 0382-NEP

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
25 Mar 2014 25 Sep 2014 30 Oct 2014 30 Sep 2016 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 0.68 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 25 Mar 2014 0.00 0.13 42%
Counterpart 0.38 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.30 25 Mar 2014 0.00 0.02 8%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - - - - - Satisfactory

Grant 0406-NEP

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
25 Mar 2014 25 Sep 2014 30 Oct 2014 30 Sep 2018 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 0.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 25 Mar 2014 0.00 0.70 22%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 25 Mar 2014 0.00 0.10 3%

Grant 9135-NEP

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
03 Jul 2009 19 Jan 2010 19 Jan 2010 19 Jan 2014 30 Apr 2014 18 Dec 2014
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 0.75 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 03 Jul 2009 0.00 0.72 95%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.75 03 Jul 2009 0.00 0.72 95%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - - - - - Satisfactory

TA 8627-NEP

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
25 Mar 2014 29 Jul 2014 29 Jul 2014 30 Apr 2018 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 500,000.00 25 Mar 2014 69,600.37
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - - - - - Satisfactory
Title Document Type Document Date
Establishing Women and Children Service Centers: Project Data Sheet (Nepali Translation) Translated PDS Apr 2014
Establishing Women and Children Service Centers - Additional Cofinancing Grant Change in Scope, Amount, and Implementation Arrangements Mar 2014
Establishing Women and Children Service Centers Grant Change in Scope, Amount, and Implementation Arrangements Apr 2011
Establishing Women and Children Service Centers Grant Assistance Reports Jul 2009

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