Vice President Susantono opens Gender Equity retreat
The Vice-President highlighted the ADB Gender Equity group's achievements in gender mainstreaming in his remarks at a retreat on 1 August in the ADB headquarters. He called for creative thinking, working with other sector and thematic groups, and aligning operations and knowledge work closer to each other. See the photo
Workshop on Gender Equality and Social Inclusion action plan implementation held in Nepal
ADB's Nepal Resident Mission organized a workshop on 11-12 July for the government's Gender and Social Development Focal Persons, Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Unit staff, and project GESI specialists involved in the implementation of ADB-financed projects in agriculture, irrigation, urban infrastructure, water, energy, transport, and vocational skills sectors. The workshop, attended by 49 participants, discussed the achievements and challenges in GESI action plan implementation and monitoring; and tracking outcome level GESI results. The workshop highlighted the need for effective GESI mainstreaming in projects and proposed aligning GESI in national programs for achieving Sustainable Development Goals.
President meets ADB's External Forum on Gender and Development
President Nakao met ADB's External Forum on Gender and Development on 22 June at headquarters in Manila. The group welcomed ADB's progress in gender equality in projects, and suggested ways in which ADB can support Developing Member Countries to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 5 on gender equality. See photo.
ADB conducts workshop on Gender Action Plans in Colombo
Gender and social development staff of ADB's executing and implementing partner agencies joined a workshop on implementing, monitoring, and reporting of gender action plans (GAPs) on 21-23 June in Colombo. The workshop presented and discussed challenges and achievements of GAPs. ADB's Sri Lanka Resident Mission Country Director Sri Widowati and South Asia Regional Department's Francesco Tornieri provided the welcome and opening remarks.
Workshop on gender issues, remittances, and labor migration held in Bishkek
ADB Central and West Regional Department's Giovanni Capannelli led a meeting on 20-21 June in Bishkek with deputy ministers of economy, labor, and finance of the Kyrgyz Republic for the ADB Good Jobs for Inclusive Growth study. About 50 participants joined the workshop session, including local and international experts, and development partner representatives. The National Institute for Strategic Studies of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Center for Strategic Research of Tajikistan jointly organized the event.
Training workshop on ADB gender policies and gender audit held in Hyderabad
ADB India Resident Mission's Capacity Development Resource Center conducted the workshop on 14-15 June in Hyderabad. Over 20 officials and staff from executing and implementing agencies of ADB projects participated in the workshop. The workshop discussed key challenges in gender mainstreaming and shared strategies and practices in gender-responsive planning and implementation of gender initiatives.
Microfinance innovation fund signed to help women entrepreneurs in Aceh
ADB Indonesia Resident Mission Deputy Country Director Sona Shrestha delivered opening remarks at the Microfinance Innovation Fund (MIF) loan signing ceremony on 14 June in Jakarta. The MIF was established with seed funding from ADB's post-tsunami support in Aceh and North Sumatra provinces. The MIF loan, to be executed through microfinance institution Komida, is expected to reach 55,000 women entrepreneurs in Aceh.
ADB joins consultations on gender equity operations in Washington, DC
ADB's Technical Advisor (Gender Equity) Sonomi Tanaka discussed how ADB tracks gender equality results at the Center for Global Development seminar on 9 June. She presented results of ADB's support to young women in engineering and technical skills and vocational training at the Multilateral Development Banks' Gender Working Group Global Summit held at the Inter-American Development Bank. She also showcased gender and energy initiatives at the Growing Role of Gender in Energy event at the International Center for Research on Women.
Seminar discusses economic implications of lack of parity between men and women
Jonathan Woetzel, McKinsey Global Institute director, spoke on a study suggesting that $12 trillion could be added to global GDP by 2025 by advancing women's equality at a seminar on 30 May 2016 in ADB headquarters. He emphasized that the public, private, and social sectors will need to act to close gender gaps at work and society. About 200 participants attended the seminar, jointly organized by the Gender Equity Thematic Group and Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department.