Guidelines for Gender Mainstreaming Categories of ADB Projects

Institutional Document | March 2021

This document defines the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) gender categorization system. It is a 4-tier system to measure, count, and report on the extent to which gender equality issues are integrated into project design.

The categories have been used since 1998 to monitor ADB's "at entry" gender mainstreaming performance and were updated and clarified over the years. These updated guidelines took immediate effect upon approval on 31 March 2021.


  • Introduction
  • Gender Mainstreaming Strategies
  • Guidance for Specific Modalities and Technical Assistance
  • Appendixes

Additional Details

  • Gender
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