Regional: Promoting Gender Equality in the Labor Market for More Inclusive Growth

Sovereign Project | 44150-012

Summary

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) Strategy 2020 recognizes gender equity as an essential driver of change in achieving inclusive development. Women are the largest group excluded from the full benefits of the region's economic expansion. ADB has resolved to continue emphasizing gender equality and the empowerment of women as fundamental elements in achieving inclusive growth. The Gender and Development (GAD) Policy (1998) and GAD Plan of Action (2007) require attention to the need for women's empowerment in the economic and social spheres, including employment and income generation.

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Project Name Promoting Gender Equality in the Labor Market for More Inclusive Growth
Project Number 44150-012
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7700-REG: Promoting Gender Equality in the Labor Market for More Inclusive Growth
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Partnerships
Sector / Subsector Health - Mother and child health care
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Description

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) Strategy 2020 recognizes gender equity as an essential driver of change in achieving inclusive development. Women are the largest group excluded from the full benefits of the region's economic expansion. ADB has resolved to continue emphasizing gender equality and the empowerment of women as fundamental elements in achieving inclusive growth. The Gender and Development (GAD) Policy (1998) and GAD Plan of Action (2007) require attention to the need for women's empowerment in the economic and social spheres, including employment and income generation.

The proposed technical assistance (TA) seeks to identify potential labor market and social protection reforms that will promote decent and expanded employment opportunities for women, thereby contributing to more inclusive growth. Decent work as defined by the International Labor Organization (ILO), involves opportunities for employment that are productive and deliver a fair income; provide security in the workplace and social protection for workers and their families. The TA will conduct a national level labor market analyses from a gendered perspective, of three countries, but will also look at a few specific sectors in each, which may provide future enhanced opportunities and decent work for women. Following concept paper approval on 27 September 2010, fact-finding missions were undertaken in October- November 2010 to Cambodia, Kazakhstan and the Philippines. Key stakeholders, including government agencies, non-governmental organizations, labor groups and development partners expressed support for the TA. Labor ministries and national women's machineries noted the gaps in gender analysis of the labor markets in the three countries, and that such information was essential to devising responsive economic and labor policies to promote decent work for women. The objective, scope, implementation arrangements, cost and financing arrangements, and terms of references are based on the understanding reached with governments during the mission.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The TA captures the priorities outlined in Strategy 2020, which recognizes gender equity as one of 5 drivers of change. Most of the absolute poor in the region are women, who are also the largest group excluded from the full benefits of the region?s economic expansion. ADB has resolved to continue emphasizing gender equality and the empowerment of women as fundamental elements in achieving inclusive growth. The GAD Policy (1998) and GAD Plan of Action (2007) draw attention to the need for women's empowerment in the economic and social spheres, including employment and income generation. A focus for this TA will be on gender equality and decent work for women in formal labor markets, and those on the margins of the informal sector.
Impact The impact of the TA will be more decent work provided to women in the Asia Pacific region.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome The outcome will be an increased understanding by ADB and the three DMC countries of the key enabling factors for gender inclusive labor markets.
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Gender analyses of labor markets, a global good practices review, and policy recommendations for more and better employment opportunities for women in three pilot countries

Legal and policy recommendations for promoting decent work for women in the labor markets in three pilot countries

Options for ADB operations and programming for promoting more and decent work for women in three countries in the form of guidance notes

Knowledge exchange on promoting women's employment and decent work

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Cambodia, Kazakhstan, Philippines,
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

International consultants:

1. Gender and Development Specialist and Team Leader (5 person-months [PM])

2. Labor Market Economist (3 PM)

3. Labor Law Specialist (1.5 PM)

National Consultants:

1. Three National Labor Economist (total 9.5 PM)

2. Three National Gender Consultants (total 6 PM)

3. Three National Consultants on Labor Law (total 6PM)

Responsible ADB Officer Imrana Jalal
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 Sep 2010
Fact Finding 28 Feb 2010 to 13 Mar 2010
MRM -
Approval 13 Dec 2010
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 06 Dec 2010
Last PDS Update 07 Dec 2010

TA 7700-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
13 Dec 2010 - 13 Dec 2010 30 Jun 2013 28 Feb 2014 -
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 13 Dec 2010 357,716.10

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