Gender and Governance Issues in Local Government: Regional Report of Technical Assistance in Bangladesh, Nepal, and Pakistan

Date: December 2004
Type: Reports


This report presents the activities and recommendations stemming from the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Regional Technical Assistance Project 6008: Gender and Governance Issues in Local Government in Bangladesh, Nepal, and Pakistan (hereinafter referred to as the project). The project is unique in its efforts to bring the three pillars of ADB’s strategic approach to poverty reduction together and apply them at the grass roots level. It was implemented over the 18-month period July 2002–February 2004 and was jointly funded by ADB, the Japan Special Fund, and the Canadian International Development Agency. Data and information in this final report were drawn from baseline surveys of women representatives, training needs assessments, quarterly monitoring reports, evaluations of training programs, exposure visit reports, workshop reports on reviews of local government ordinances, the six-month ADB review mission, a mid-term review of the project, and consultants’ and participating nongovernment organizations’ (NGOs) reports and analyses.


  • Foreword
  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Literature Review
  • ADB’s Approach to Poverty Reduction and Related Objectives
  • Local Government Legislation and Experience
  • Capacity Building for Local Representatives
  • Project Outcomes
  • Lessons Learned and Recommendations
  • Approaches to Mainstreaming Governance and Gender in Local Government at ADB
  • References