Project Name
Strengthening Gender Inclusive Initiatives Project
Project Number
54373-001
Country / Economy
  • Maldives
Project Status
Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Grant
  • Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0867-MLD: Strengthening Gender Inclusive Initiatives Project
Source Amount
Asian Development Fund US$ 7.51 million
TA 10006-MLD: Capacity Building for the Strengthening Gender Inclusive Initiatives Project
Source Amount
Japan Special Fund US$ 2.00 million
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
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
  • OP6: Strengthening governance and institutional capacity
Sector / Subsector
  • Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Other urban services

Gender
Gender equity theme
Description
The Strengthening Gender Inclusive Initiatives Project aims to increase access to sustainable gender-responsive social services in Maldives by (i) improving gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) statistics; (ii) integrating gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) into government systems; (iii) strengthening the capacity of the social service system for aged care, early childcare, and domestic violence and gender-based violence (DV/GBV) services; (iv) establishing partnerships to support DV/GBV prevention, access to DV/GBV services, and aged care; and (v) constructing three climate-resilient shelters for DV/GBV survivors in Addu, Hulhumale, and Raa-Ungoofaaru. The project and attached TA will benefit women DV/GBV survivors and their dependent children and reduce the unpaid care burden on women caring for older family members and young children.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
The project is aligned with Strategy 2030 of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), particularly operational priority 2 on accelerating progress of gender equality and operational priority 1 on reducing inequalities. It will support the first objective of ADB's country partnership strategy, 2020-2024 for Maldives on improving the quality and efficiency of public services by sharpening its approach to gender equality; and the crosscutting theme on gender. It supports the SDG 5 transformative gender agenda to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls, particularly SDGs 5.2, 5.4, and 5.5. The project will strengthen government institutional capacity to implement its GESI policy commitments to DV/GBV survivors and to increase women and girl's economic and social participation.
Impact

Gender-based violence minimized and gender-related barriers preventing equal rights, participation, and benefits for women in social and economic spheres eliminated

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome

Increased access to sustainable gender-responsive social services

Progress Toward Outcome
Progress toward outcome achievement is ongoing.

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs

Solutions for improved availability and use of quality GESI statistics established

GRB integrated into government planning and budgeting systems

Capacity of the social service system strengthened for aged care, early childcare, and DV/GBV services

Partnerships to support DV/GBV prevention, access to DV/GBV services and aged care established

Climate-resilient shelters for DV/GBV survivors established

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Output 1: The selection for the recruitment of a consulting firm who will support MBS in delivering output 1 was advertised in Q4 2023, while the TOR for the FPA study was finalized and expected to be advertised in 2024. Output 2: The international and national consultant who will support MOF in delivering output will be recruited in 2024. Outputs 3-4: The consulting firm who will support MGFSS in delivering outputs 3 and 4 was engaged in Oct 2023 and has started preliminary works with the Ministry. Output 5: The Addu package was advertised in Q3 2023, but no bids were received. It will be re-advertised in Q2 2024, along with the two other packages for Hulhumale and Raa Ungoofaaru.
Geographical Location
Male

Safeguard Categories

Environment
B
Involuntary Resettlement
C
Indigenous Peoples
C

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
Procurement of civil works and goods will be undertaken in conformity with the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and the Procurement Regulations for ADB Borrowers (2017, as amended from time to time).
Procurement
Procurement of civil works and goods will be undertaken in conformity with the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and the Procurement Regulations for ADB Borrowers (2017, as amended from time to time).

Contact

Responsible ADB Officer
Morsheda, Elma
Responsible ADB Department
Sectors Group
Responsible ADB Division
Water and Urban Development Sector Office (SG-WUD)
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance (formerly Ministry of Finance and Treasury)

Timetable

Concept Clearance
14 Jan 2021
Fact Finding
29 Jun 2022 to 29 Jun 2022
MRM
10 Oct 2022
Approval
02 Dec 2022
Last Review Mission
-
Last PDS Update
27 Mar 2024

Funding

Grant 0867-MLD

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
02 Dec 2022 21 Dec 2022 30 Jan 2023 31 Jul 2028 - -
Financing Plan
  Total (Amount in US$ million)
Project Cost 8.44
ADB 7.51
Counterpart 0.93
Cofinancing 0.00
Grant Utilization
  Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards 21 Jun 2024 0.05 0.00 1%
Cumulative Disbursements 21 Jun 2024 0.00 0.00 0%

TA 10006-MLD

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
02 Dec 2022 21 Dec 2022 21 Dec 2022 31 Jan 2028 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
2,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,500,000.00
Cumulative Disbursements
Date Amount
21 Jun 2024 141,394.00
 
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