The TA focuses on strengthening the capacities of key government agencies to address gender concerns in the planning, development, and implementation programs and projects to reduce gender disparities and increase gender equality results in SARD operations.
|Project Name||Enhancing Gender Equality Results in South Asia Developing Member Countries (Phase 2) (Subproject 4)|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Agricultural policy, institutional and capacity development
Energy / Energy sector development and institutional reform
Finance / Small and medium enterprise finance and leasing
Transport / Road transport (non-urban)
Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Urban policy, institutional and capacity development
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Gender equity|
|Description||The TA focuses on strengthening the capacities of key government agencies to address gender concerns in the planning, development, and implementation programs and projects to reduce gender disparities and increase gender equality results in SARD operations.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||The Project will ultimately contribute to the realization of ADB's goals of achieving inclusive growth and poverty reduction, by increasing poor women's access to resources and training and their participation in decision-making mechanisms. This will be done through the creation of an enabling environment by DMCs whose key government agencies will be capacitated in gender-responsive governance.|
|Impact||DMCs' commitment to promoting gender equality and women's empowerment in South Asia enhanced|
|Description of Outcome||Capacity of DMC governments to address gender concerns in planning, design and implementation of programs and projects and increase gender equality results in SARD operations, strengthened|
|Progress Toward Outcome||The combination of: (i) improved engagement with SARD DMC government agencies on how to more effectively mainstream gender and social inclusion in the design of the project; (iii) the systematic monitoring of GEN/EGM projects; and (iii) the broad range of in-country and sub-regional activities have been critical to achieve the increased capacities of SARD DMC government agencies (in all sectors) to more systematically address gender concerns in planning, design and implementation of programs and projects and reporting, with more tangible gender equality results.|
|Description of Project Outputs||
Improved quality of project-specific Gender Action Plans (GAPs) and DMFs
Improved GAP implementation to enhance gender equality results
Gender-based research on an emerging sector relevant to SARD operations
Case studies on good practices in gender mainstreaming developed
Lateral Learning opportunities carried out
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||The Major Change in TA was approved and became effective on 15 December 2020. The Major Change extended the closing date of the project to 31 December 2020. Output 1 - By end of 2018, there were 30 (73%) projects categorized as GEN/EGM out of a total of 41 projects. All GEN/EGM projects had gender-related targets included in the DMFs and GAP/ GESI Action Plans developed. As of July 2019, the target number of projects to be categorized as GEN/EGM is 17 (68%) out of 25 projects under processing for 2018. Output 2 - 90% of ongoing projects categorized as GEN/EGM regularly submit GAP/GESI Action Plan updates. Focus remains on addressing weaknesses in specific sectors and improving the overall quality of the reporting. Four (4) out of 5 GEN/EGM projects with PCRs in 2018 were rated successful for Gender implementation and achievements. For 2019, 4 out of 4 (100%) projects with PCRs were rated successful for gender implementation and achievements. Output 3 - Gender-based research on an emerging sector relevant to SARD operations. Two gender and energy-related researches/ knowledge products (KPs) were finalized and printed in the first quarter of 2018: (1) Tip Sheet on Gender-Inclusive Approaches in the Energy Sector (previous title: Guidance Note on Mainstreaming Gender and Social Inclusion (GESI) in the Energy Sector Portfolio in South Asia) and (2) Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Assessment of the Energy Sector Enhancing Social Sustainability of Energy Development in Nepal. The latter was launched on 28 February 2018 in Nepal. - Two Working Papers are being finalized and will be launched in November 2018: (i) Tariff Appraisal Study: Balancing Sustainability and Efficiency with Inclusive Access and (ii) Energy Technology Innovation in South Asia Implications for Gender Equality and Social Inclusion. - Sector and country-specific knowledge products-- The Gender Equality and Social Inclusion in ADB Operations in Nepal, 2011-2015 and Institutionalizing Gender Equality: The Experience of the Bangladesh Local Government Engineering Department in Urban Development were printed and uploaded in the ADB website in 2017. The Bangladesh Gender Equality Diagnostic of Selected Sectors which provide a helpful reference for GESI mainstreaming in the pipeline of key sectors- Education and Skills Development, Energy, Transport and Urban Services was printed in December and launched in Bangladesh on 31 January 2018 to some 150 representatives from government, academe, NGOs/CSOs and media. Output 4 - The following India gender equality results case studies were finalized and published in 2018 and 2019: (i) Enhancing Energy-based Livelihoods for Women Micro-entrepreneurs, (ii) Infrastructure Development Investment Program for Tourism (Tranche 1) and (iii) Rural Connectivity Investment Program. Output 5 - In November 2016, ADB conducted the CSO Network Knowledge Event and launch of SARD publication, " How Does ADB Engage Civil Society Organization in its Operations?"- The Subregional Conference Going Beyond the Meter: Inclusive Energy Solutions in South Asia was conducted in Jaipur, Rajasthan in April 2016. This was followed by the Deep-Dive Lateral Learning Program on Inclusive Energy Solutions in collaboration with the University of Melbourne (School of Engineering), ENERGIA, the Social Implications of Technology (SSIT) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) , and the UN Women South Asia held in late August 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. - In October 2017, SARD, in partnership with the University of Melbourne conducted the Second Lateral Learning Program on Smart Grid Technologies and Implications for Inclusive Development at the University of Melbourne. The program helped identify opportunities to maximize the scope for addressing gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) considerations in smart grid energy projects in South Asia. It drew from the research on women-friendly technologies in the energy sector that the Melbourne School of Engineering (MSE) conducted with support from the ADB. Key officials from executing and implementing agencies (EAs/IAs) of ADB-supported energy projects and ADB staff participated in the program. - On 3-5 April 2018, SARD, in partnership with the Melbourne School of Engineering conducted the conference on Smart Grid Technologies and Implications for Inclusive Development in Sri Lanka. Some 65 energy specialists and select ADB staff participated in the program. The conference aimed to further improve and update the technical expertise of ADB's EAs IAs, partner organizations, and ADB staff on the integration of high-level technology for inclusive energy solutions with focus on enhancing gender equality and social inclusion results and benefits. - In June 2019, SARD joined the Annual Asia Clean Energy Forum by conducting a deep-dive workshop on Women Power-Smarter, Inclusive Energy Solutions. The workshop aimed to provide participants in-depth knowledge of the work done in the ADB energy portfolio to integrate gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) considerations, with a focus on practice in South Asia.- In October 2019, SARD will hold the 3rd Lateral Learning Program with the University of Melbourne which will focus on community-based clean energy solutions, with a focus on gender equality and social inclusion. - In November 2019, ADB in partnership with the World Bank, is organizing the Second Partnership Forum of the Women in Power Sector Professional Network in South Asia WePOWER to support workforce participation of women in energy projects and institutions, and promote normative change regarding women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education.|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||The gender specialists in SARD Resident Missions were consulted in the design of the C-TA. The C-TA was reviewed by various departments.|
|During Project Implementation||Both the Social Development (Gender) Officers and Consultants are heavily involved in the implementation of the projects, under the supervision of the SAOD-PR Senior Social Development Specialist.|
|Consulting Services||Consulting firms (Events Management Consulting Firm and Research Institute) will be engaged under the Consultants' Qualifications Selection (CQS), at a quality/cost ratio of 80:20 (Events Management Consulting Firm) and 70:30 (Research Institute). Simplified technical proposals will be required from the short-listed firms. No activity will be financed in any member country under this TA, unless and until a letter of no objection in respect of such activity has been received from the government of such member country. Disbursements under the TA will be made in accordance with ADB's Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Tornieri, Francesco|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Office of the Director General, SARD|
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
|Approval||13 Dec 2012|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||08 Dec 2020|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|13 Dec 2012||-||13 Dec 2012||31 Dec 2014||31 Dec 2020||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|7,200,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||7,200,000.00||13 Dec 2012||4,923,150.11|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Enhancing Gender Equality Results in South Asia Developing Member Countries (Phase 2) (Subproject 4): Major Change in Technical Assistance||TA Change in Scope, Amount, and Implementation Arrangements||Nov 2017|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Diagnostic of Selected Sectors in Nepal||Reports||Oct 2020|
|Guidance Note on Stakeholder Communication Strategies for Projects in South Asia||Guides||Jun 2019|
|Guidance Note on Documenting Qualitative Gender Equality Results||Guides||Jun 2019|
|Gender Equality Results Case Study: India – Infrastructure Development Investment Program for Tourism in Himachal Pradesh and Punjab||Reports||Mar 2019|
|Gender Equality Results Case Study: India – Rural Connectivity Investment Program||Reports||Mar 2019|
|Energy Technology Innovation in South Asia: Implications for Gender Equality and Social Inclusion||Papers and Briefs||Oct 2018|
|Tariff Appraisal Study: Balancing Sustainability and Efficiency with Inclusive Access||Papers and Briefs||Oct 2018|
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|Contract Title||Approval Number||Contract Date||Contractor||Contractor Address||Executing Agency||Contract Description||Total Contract Amount (US$)||Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)|
|Capacity Development||Technical Assistance 8311||08 Nov 2018||THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE, PARKVILLE(AUSTRALIA)||THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE, PARKVILLE VICTORIA 3010 AUSTRALIA||Asian Development Bank||Consulting Services||287,800.00||—|
|Capacity Development||Technical Assistance 8311||06 Jul 2017||THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE, PARKVILLE(AUSTRALIA)||THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE, PARKVILLE VICTORIA 3010 AUSTRALIA||Asian Development Bank||176,760.00||—|
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