Project Name Enhancing Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Results in South Asia Developing Member Countries
Project Number 54305-001
Country / Economy Regional
Sri Lanka
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6557-REG: Enhancing Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Results in South Asia Developing Member Countries
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.45 million
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 750,000.00
Operational Priorities OP1: Addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities
OP2: Accelerating progress in gender equality
OP3: Tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability
OP4: Making cities more livable
OP5: Promoting rural development and food security
OP6: Strengthening governance and institutional capacity
OP7: Fostering regional cooperation and integration
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Agricultural policy, institutional and capacity development

Education / Education sector development - social protection initiatives

Energy / Energy sector development and institutional reform

Health / Mother and child health care

Transport / Transport policies and institutional development

Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Urban policy, institutional and capacity development

Gender Gender equity theme
Description The proposed regional transaction technical assistance (TA) facility will support the developing member countries (DMCs) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in South Asia to enhance the integration of gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) in project design and implementation and achieve greater GESI results. It aims to deliver three main outputs: (i) improved quality of GESI mainstreaming at entry, (ii) enhanced implementation, monitoring, and reporting of GESI results, and (iii) strengthened GESI capacities of sectors and partners. The TA facility will support 239 projects (117 projects in the pipeline and 122 projects under implementation) across sectors of the South Asia Department (SARD). To ensure consistency in following through the implementation of this TA facility, the same set of consultants will be contracted to attend to the multiple ensuing and/or ongoing projects. The same implementation arrangement will be adopted to ensure smooth coordination between the consultants and project teams.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

This TA facility will build on the lessons of SARD's regional TA8311: Enhancing Gender Equity Results in South Asia Developing Member Countries, implemented in 2010-2020. Foremost of these lessons is the importance of collaborative or convergence approach between the resident missions (through country directors and GESI teams) and ADB headquarters, between SAOD and sector divisions, between SARD and other ADB departments, and between ADB and the executing and implementing agencies, not only in tapping available resources but also in designing, refining, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based GESI initiatives and results and in ensuring that agreed GESI activities and targets are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound.

This TA facility is aligned with the second operational priority (OP2) of ADB Strategy 2030, 'accelerating progress of gender equality. It embeds OP2 and OP1, 'addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities, across all sector projects. It also complements with operations contributing to other OPs. The proposed TA facility will strengthen the contributions of the South Asian countries to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially SDG 1 (no extreme poverty), SDG 5 (gender equality), and SDG 10 (reduced inequalities), and the upholding of the SDG principle of 'leaving no one behind.

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Bangladesh - Nation-wide; Bhutan - Nation-wide; India - Nation-wide; Maldives - Nation-wide; Nepal - Nation-wide; Sri Lanka - Nation-wide
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 ADB will engage the consultants following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions. The same consultants will be engaged across multiple ensuing and/or ongoing projects. The consultants' inputs will comprise a total of 312 person-months: (a) international consultants (individual) [62 person-months]; and (b) national consultants (individual) [250 person-months].
Procurement Any procurement under this TA will follow the ADB Procurement Policy, the Procurement Regulations for ADB Borrowers, and the associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions.
Responsible ADB Officer Tornieri, Francesco
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Operations Coordination Unit, SARD (SAOC)
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
Approval 04 Sep 2020
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 15 Sep 2022

TA 6557-REG

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
04 Sep 2020 - 04 Sep 2020 31 Oct 2023 - 26 Jan 2024
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
2,200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,200,000.00 11 Apr 2024 2,141,508.62
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