|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Output 1: Recruitment of National Social Development (GAD) Consultants. The recruitment of one full-time national social development (GAD) consultant at ADB/HQ has been critical to enhance the quality of support provided by SAOD to SARD Divisions in reviewing Project Concept Papers and loan/grant and TA projects for greater visibility of pro-poor, social and gender-related design features. The recruitment of the Social Development (GAD) consultants in Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka Resident Missions resulted in greater quality of supervision of projects classified with Gender Equity Theme (GEN) and EGM and project-specific Gender Action (Gender and Social Inclusion) Plans (GAPs/GESI Plans). With the full support from CD/INRM, the recruitment of the India RM-based consultant is ongoing and is expected to be finalized by April 2011.
Output 2: Support to Projects' design. The recruitment of a Social Development (GAD) Consultant at ADB/HQ responsible to support the SAOD Senior Social Development Specialist (GAD) in the systematic review of all Project Concept Papers and loan/grant projects (see point (i) above) has been critical and contributed to increasing the quality and visibility of gender design features in SARD loan and grant pipeline, with 39% of SARD Portfolio classified with Significant Gender Mainstreaming' (i.e. GEN and EGM) in 2010, compared to 33% in 2008, 26% in 2009 and against a 2012 target of 40%. Additional consultant services under the TA resulted in the successful incorporation of gender design features in a range of projects, which include: (a) Bangladesh: Sustainable Rural Infrastructure Improvement (2010), classified as EGM; (b) Bhutan: Rural Renewable Energy Development (2010), classified as EGM; (c) Sri Lanka: Sustainable Power Sector Support II (2011), classified as EGM; (d) Nepal: Integrated Urban Development Project (2011) and (e) Maldives: Micro- Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Development Project (2011), proposed for classification as EGM.
Output 3: Support upstream research to ensure quality CGA, CGA updates and/or sector-specific diagnostics. The recruitment of international Gender consultant =-under Subproject 1- resulted in the finalization of an innovative Country Gender Sector Diagnostic for Bangladesh (2010), which is characterized by a specific sector-focus and user-friendly format for effective use by SARD Team Leaders. The publication of the Overview of Gender Equality and Social Inclusion in Nepal was also undertaken in 2010 through collection of secondary information and data during the formulation of the Country Partnership Strategy for Nepal (2009).
Output 5: Case Studies to document good practices in gender mainstreaming. In 2009-2010, SARD undertook a comprehensive documentation of gender equality results in SARD Operations through support provided under the TA, which resulted in the publication of twenty Case Studies [see Attachment 1] documenting good practices in gender mainstreaming and gender equality results in SARD operations. The Case Studies have been distributed at the recent Sub-regional Workshop: Gender, Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment in South Asia, which was held in Kathmandu (1-3 February 2011) and will be distributed at (upcoming) in-country workshops and peer-to-peer exchanges organized in SARD DMCs.