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||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)||
OUTPUT 1- Improved Quality of project-specific GAPs and DMFs- By end of 2016, all projects categorized as GEN/EGM (8 projects) had gender-related targets included in the DMFs and GAP/ GESI Action Plans developed.
OUTPUT 2- Improved GAP implementation to enhance GER- 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. Five (5) out of 8 GEN/EGM projects with PCRs in 2016 were rated successful for Gender implementation and achievements.
OUTPUT 3 Gender-based research/ KPs developed and which are being finalized in 2017 include: (1) The Guidance Note on Mainstreaming Gender and Social Inclusion (GESI) in the Energy Sector Portfolio in South Asia (draft); (2) Gender Equality and Social Inclusion in ADB Operations in Nepal, 2011-2015; (3) Institutionalizing Gender Equality The Experience of the Bangladesh Local Government Engineering Department in Urban Development; (4) Bangladesh Gender Equality Diagnostic of Selected Sectors; (5) Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) of the Energy Sector: Enhancing Social Sustainability of Energy Development in Nepal
(a) Lateral Learnings conducted from late 2016 to first quarter of 2017- (1) CSO Network Knowledge Event and launch of SARD publication, HowDoes AD B Engage Civil Society Organization in its Operations? (November 2016); (2) Presentation of Gender equality results of two IND projects that will lead to the development of the Gender Equality Results case studies: (3) Rural Connectivity Program (leading to development of the Gender Equality Results case study) (4) Infrastructure Development Investment Program for Tourism (both in March 2017)
(b) Lateral learning activity scheduled for April 2017-- Smart Grid Technologies and Implications for Inclusive Development ( Final Workshop TA 7831 Enhancing Energy-based Livelihoods for Women Micro-entrepreneurs in Madhya Pradesh) (April 2017)
|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||31 Mar 2017|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|13 Dec 2012||-||13 Dec 2012||31 Dec 2014||31 Dec 2018||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|3,600,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||3,600,000.00||13 Dec 2012||2,129,978.51|
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