Regional: Gender-Responsive Decentralized Governance in Asia

Sovereign Project | 40314-012

Summary

The RETA will promote increased incorporation of Gender and Governance design features within ADB loans. Its outcome will be to identify sustainable strategies and mechanisms to increase women's participation in decentralized decision making processes and structures. The proposed TA will help: (i) stregthen policy and legal regulatory frameworks that support women's participation in decentralized decision making processess and structures (ii) assess the range and potential impact of ongoing and emerging gender reponsive budget initiatives (iii) develop mechanisms for interface among female representatives, and national women's organizations for lobbying and advocacy (iv) support the capacity of women elected nominated representative to perform their roles and responsibilities in local governments. Countries covered under the TA may include: CAM, NEP, INO and PAK.

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Project Name Gender-Responsive Decentralized Governance in Asia
Project Number 40314-012
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6493-REG: Gender-Responsive Decentralized Governance in Asia
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management - Decentralization

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Description The RETA will promote increased incorporation of Gender and Governance design features within ADB loans. Its outcome will be to identify sustainable strategies and mechanisms to increase women's participation in decentralized decision making processes and structures. The proposed TA will help: (i) stregthen policy and legal regulatory frameworks that support women's participation in decentralized decision making processess and structures (ii) assess the range and potential impact of ongoing and emerging gender reponsive budget initiatives (iii) develop mechanisms for interface among female representatives, and national women's organizations for lobbying and advocacy (iv) support the capacity of women elected nominated representative to perform their roles and responsibilities in local governments. Countries covered under the TA may include: CAM, NEP, INO and PAK. The good practice outputs of the TA would be put to immediate application in ongoing and upcoming ADB governance program loans such as the Commune Council Development project in CAM the Decentralization Support Program in PAK the governance Reform Program in NEP, and so on.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact More transparent, gender-equitable, and socially inclusive governance at decentralized level in the participating countries.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome DMC officials and ADB staff access lessons and good practices to improve the gender responsiveness of policy, planning, budgeting, and project design
Progress Toward Outcome Technical Advisory Groups (chaired by Senior Officials from relevant Government agencies) have been established in each country to provide guidance and direction for overall RETA implementation to ensure national ownership and effectiveness. TAG representatives have attended all 3 RETA workshops (inception, mid-term and final) and endorsed their resepective Country Reports.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Actions to address inconsistencies and gaps in policy, legal, and intergovernmental fiscal frameworks submitted to relevant authorities

2. Gender-responsive budgeting initiatives in decentralized governance piloted

3. Capacity of selected women representatives and groups to effectively participate in local government enhanced

4. TA products endorsed by DMC and ADB and disseminated

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

Policy Actions. The subproject conducted a situation analysis on how Cambodia and Nepal are currently addressing gender equality in policy, planning, and budgeting and decentralization policy and legal frameworks. It found that there are sufficient policies, laws, and regulations but successful implementation of national commitments to gender equality, especially at subnational level are hampered by low capacity and low resources, which needed to be addressed. Other key recommendations for Nepal included: quotas for the All Party Mechanism and monitoring of women's participation in decision making; simplifying gender responsive budgeting (GRB) indicators across government; continued development of sector GRB indicators; and strengthened gender responsiveness in the monitoring and evaluation of compliance mechanisms.

Gender Budgeting Pilots. A pilot GRB activity focused on education sector in Cambodia, housing infrastructure in Indonesia, and agricultural roads in Nepal. This resulted in building the capacity of local stakeholders to analyze the district budget with a gender lens, and enhanced women's awareness and participation in budget planning and decision-making processes.

Enhanced Capacity of Selected Women Representatives. In Cambodia, 70% of training participants were women. For Nepal, training was provided to 429 citizen forum executive members of Village Citizen Forums (VCF) and Ward Citizen Forums (WCF) (210 women and 219 men) and to 1134 ordinary members (594 women and 540 men). General orientation was provided to 2224 WCF members and other citizens (1144 women and 1080 men). Four advocacy training sessions were also provided to 113 participants from 46 CBOs/NGOs in Chitwan (90 women and 23 men).

Geographical Location The TA will be implemented in Cambodia, Nepal and Indonesia.
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services An international NGO will be engaged under the Quality and Cost based Selection Method as a firm to undertake consulting services under this project, in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the use of Consultants and the satisfactory procedures for engagement of national consultants. The implemetation team fielded by the internation NGO will be composed of: international experts (team leader and field coordinator, gender budgeting experts and research coordinator), and sub contracted National Research Institutes and Women's NGOs.
Responsible ADB Officer Samantha Hung
Responsible ADB Department SDCC
Responsible ADB Division Poverty Reduction, Gender and Social Development Div., RSDD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong
Metro Manila, Philippines
P.O. Box 789, 1099 Manila,
Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 27 Jul 2006
Fact Finding 27 May 2008 to 12 Jun 2008
MRM -
Approval 10 Oct 2008
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 23 Oct 2008
Last PDS Update 06 Feb 2012

TA 6493-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
10 Oct 2008 - 10 Oct 2008 31 Dec 2010 28 Feb 2012 -
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 10 Oct 2008 431,346.85

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