Project Name
Piloting Inclusive Services for Vulnerable Groups Project
Project Number
Country / Economy
  • Bhutan
Project Status
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
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
  • Education / Education sector development - social protection initiatives - Non-formal education - social protection initiatives

  • Health / Health sector development and reform - Mother and child health care

  • Public sector management / Law and judiciary - Social protection initiatives

Effective gender mainstreaming

The grant will be aligned with the following impact: equitable access to social services and employment improved (footnote 13). The envisaged outcome is access to quality health services and economic opportunities for people with disabilities, older people, and LGBTQI+ individuals improved. This aim will be pursued through three outputs.

Output 1. Enabling environment for equitable access to employment opportunities and health services for targeted vulnerable groups established.

Output 2. Capacity of advocacy- and identity-based CSOs for targeted vulnerable groups strengthened..

Output 3. : Multistakeholder support for inclusion of targeted vulnerable groups increased.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) recently assessed the gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) situational context in South Asia and found that some groups are disadvantaged due to their social identities. They struggle to access opportunities and resources and are less likely to benefit from development investments. In response to this assessment and in line with ADB Strategy 2030, the South Asia Department developed a GESI Framework that focuses on women, older people, people with disabilities, disadvantaged ethnic groups and castes, people with diverse sexual orientation, gender identity and expressions, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC), income poor, and people in difficult geographic locations like remote rural, slum, and transient populations. Addressing gender inequality and social exclusion experienced by these disadvantaged groups requires boosting their contribution and visibility in business supply chains by developing their capabilities (individual and organizational), improving their access to basic public services (education, health, and skills training), and providing inclusive infrastructure and technologies, among others.

Equitable access to social services and employment improved


Access to quality health services and economic opportunities disabilities, older people, and people with diverse SOGIESC improved.


Enabling environment for availing equitable access to employment opportunities and health services by project beneficiaries established.

Geographical Location

Safeguard Categories

Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation

During Project Design
During Project Implementation


Responsible ADB Officer
Tornieri, Francesco
Responsible ADB Department
South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division
Bhutan Resident Mission (BHRM)
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Education and Skills Development


Concept Clearance
06 Jul 2023
Fact Finding
31 Jul 2023 to 31 Jul 2023
Last Review Mission
Last PDS Update
06 Jul 2023


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