Regional: Promoting Evidence-Based Policy Making for Gender Equity in the Pacific

Sovereign Project | 41191-012

Summary

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) recognizes gender equity as an essential driver of change in achieving inclusive development, and emphasizes gender mainstreaming in all ADB operations. For the Pacific developing member countries (DMCs), ADB aims to introduce gender as a key policy concern in the core functioning of governments by enhancing gender awareness in all capacity- and institution-building efforts. The TA seeks to strengthen the capacity of governments in selected Pacific DMCs to systematically monitor gender situations and address gender inclusiveness in development strategies.

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Project Name Promoting Evidence-Based Policy Making for Gender Equity in the Pacific
Project Number 41191-012
Country Regional
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7656-REG: Promoting Evidence-Based Policy Making for Gender Equity in the Pacific
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.45 million
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 Asian Development Bank (ADB) recognizes gender equity as an essential driver of change in achieving inclusive development, and emphasizes gender mainstreaming in all ADB operations. For the Pacific developing member countries (DMCs), ADB aims to introduce gender as a key policy concern in the core functioning of governments by enhancing gender awareness in all capacity- and institution-building efforts. The TA seeks to strengthen the capacity of governments in selected Pacific DMCs to systematically monitor gender situations and address gender inclusiveness in development strategies.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Across the Pacific DMCs, gender awareness has been gradually increasing with ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and with growing emphasis on gender equality by international and regional agencies. Yet, there have been few systematic and concerted policy efforts to address gender concerns in national development strategies across the Pacific DMCs.

The TA will support capacity development of key government agencies, especially women's offices and sector gender focal points, for evidence-based policy making on gender issues. The TA outputs will be delivered through (i) the compilation of baseline gender indicators, (ii) country gender assessments (CGAs), (iii) gender awareness training and gender-inclusive policy development, and (iv) regional knowledge sharing on gender disparities in Pacific DMCs.

Impact Gender-inclusive development is achieved in participating DMCs
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Improved capacity of women's offices and gender focal points to promote evidence-based, gender-inclusive policies.
Progress Toward Outcome Activities for planned outcome and outputs are ongoing.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Baseline gender indicators compiled and maintained by women's offices

2. Participatory, evidence-based CGA completed in each participating DMC

3. Increased gender awareness among government staff for gender-inclusive policy development

4. Enhanced awareness of gender disparities in the region by Pacific DMCs

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

1. Data compilation is completed in Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste and is ongoing in Solomon Islands, Fiji, and Marshall Islands.

2. CGA publication was completed for Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste. CGA publication is underway for Solomon Islands and Fiji.

3. Capacity building activities and support for gender-inclusive policy development are ongoing for selective countries (i.e., Marshall Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Solomon Islands.)

4. Regional knowledge sharing and products will be prepared through 2014-2015.

5. A minor change in scope approved in June 2013 expands TA support into additional Pacific development member countries for outputs 1 and 3, such as Cook Islands and Nauru.

Geographical Location The proposed TA will include Fiji, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Solomon Islands, and Timor-Leste, with a few additional countries being included for selected activities of the TA.
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Government officials, including the national womens machineries, civil society groups, and development partners were consulted.
During Project Implementation

County gender assessments are being undertaken under the leadership of national ministries in charge of gender issues and with participation of NGOs, civil society groups, and development partners. The CGA was completed and published for Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste; CGA publication for Solomon Islands is underway; and CGA process for Fiji is ongoing.

TA implementation has been extended to June 2015.

Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The TA will require a total of 102 person-months of international and national consulting services. This includes 45 person-months of international consulting services, 31 person-months of national consulting services, and 26 person-months of ADB headquarters-based national TA coordinator contributions. ADB will engage the international and national consultants in accordance with ADBs Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time). All consultants will be recruited individually and selected on the basis of their qualifications for the assignment. The outline terms of reference for consultants are in Appendix 3. All procurement of goods or equipment will be done in accordance with ADBs Procurement Guidelines (2010, as amended from time to time).
Responsible ADB Officer Sunhwa Lee
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban, Social Development & Public Management Division, PARD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong
Metro Manila, Philippines
P.O. Box 789, 1099 Manila,
Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 06 Aug 2010
Fact Finding 26 Jul 2010 to 04 Aug 2010
MRM -
Approval 25 Nov 2010
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 06 Sep 2010
Last PDS Update 27 Mar 2015

TA 7656-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
25 Nov 2010 - 25 Nov 2010 30 Jun 2013 30 Nov 2015 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,450,000.00 0.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 90,000.00 1,640,000.00 25 Nov 2010 963,682.45

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