Bhutan: Decentralized Coordination and Partnerships for Gender Equality Results

Sovereign Project | 48491-001

ADB and the Government of Bhutan are working together to build partnerships between the government, the private sector, and civil society organizations in order to reduce poverty and creating a more equitable society. The Decentralized Coordination and Partnerships for Gender Equality Results technical assistance program is helping the poor, particularly women who are poor, access government services and resources. This is being done in part by creating greater awareness within government agencies of gender equality concerns.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Tornieri, Francesco
    South Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Bhutan
  • Modality
    • Technical Assistance
  • Sector
    • Public sector management
Project Name Decentralized Coordination and Partnerships for Gender Equality Results
Project Number 48491-001
Country / Economy Bhutan
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9016-BHU: Decentralized Coordination and Partnerships for Gender Equality Results
Japan Fund for Prosperous and Resilient Asia and the Pacific US$ 1.50 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management / Public administration

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Description ADB and the Government of Bhutan are working together to build partnerships between the government, the private sector, and civil society organizations in order to reduce poverty and creating a more equitable society. The Decentralized Coordination and Partnerships for Gender Equality Results technical assistance program is helping the poor, particularly women who are poor, access government services and resources. This is being done in part by creating greater awareness within government agencies of gender equality concerns.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Despite an average gross domestic product growth of 8% in the past decade, rural poverty in Bhutan has remained high (at 16.7%) with more than half of its 20 districts having poverty rates above the national poverty rate of 12% (2012). Youth unemployment is high at 9.5% for males and 11.6% among females. Gender disparities still exist in employment, income generation, and education enrollment and completion rate. Labor force participation of females (59%) is lower than that of males (72%). Income-earning opportunity is also lower for women than for men as among those employed, fewer women (6%) hold regular-paying jobs compared to men (19%).
Impact Access to productive resources and social services and control of benefits by the poor - particularly women - in selected urban and rural areas improved (defined by project)
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Government capacity in addressing gender equality concerns and delivering services in partnership with private sector and NGOs strengthened
Progress Toward Outcome

1. At least 75% of relevant central government agencies have an updated gender mainstreaming strategy (2015 baseline: 2 out of 15)

- To mainstream gender into sectoral plans and programs, Internal Framework to Address Gender Issues at Workplace is developed at 9 relevant central Government agencies (Gross National Happiness Commission, Election Commission of Bhutan, National Environment Commission, Ministry of Agriculture and Forest, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Information and Communications.

2. At least 10 out of 20 dzongkhag (districts) have a gender mainstreaming strategy (2015 baseline: 0)

- All 20 Dzongkhags have developed Internal Framework to Address Gender Issues at Workplace to mainstream gender into sectoral plans and programs.

3. At least 3 long-term (5-year) partnerships established to deliver socioeconomic services to poor women and men (2015 baseline: 0)

- 12 Public Private Partnership agreements signed for operation and sustainability of the cr ches established for 10 government agencies; 1 in private sector and 1 for informal workers.

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. NCWC capacity for greater achievement of gender equality results at local level strengthened

2. PPPs addressing the needs of women and vulnerable groups established

3. Capacity building of selected SHGs on upgraded production technologies and market accessibility undertaken

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Output indicator 1a: At least 35 GFPs (15 central, 20 districts) trained on web-based gender monitoring system for policy reform and planning (2015 baseline: 15)

i. 1st round of training on GEMS conducted for 45 Gender and Child Focal Points (27 Female and 18 Male) trained on Gender Equality Monitoring System in the 1st round.

ii. 2nd round of training on GEMS conducted for 57 Gender and Child Focal Points (24 female and 33 male).

iii. 3rd Round of training on GEMS conducted for 61 Gender and Child Focal Points (27 female and 34 male).

Output indicator 1b: At least 100 officials and staff participated in gender sensitivity training at local level (2015 baseline: 25)

- Gender Sensitivity Training for 223 local government officials (male 185, female 38) completed

Output indicator 1c: At least 60% of parliamentarians participated in gender sensitivity training (2015 baseline: 20%).

- 31 parliamentarians (43% of total no. of parliamentarians) (27 males and 4 females) and 9 staff of parliament (6 males and 3 females) participated in the Gender Sensitivity Workshop. Target of mobilizing 60% of parliamentarians at project formulation was ambitious given their commitment to various committee works aside from parliamentary sessions. However, additional 9 staff of the parliament (6 male and 3 females) were trained on gender sensitivity.

Output indicator 1d: At least 3 gender studies conducted, published and disseminated (2015 baseline: 0)

i. Study on Incidence of Commercial Sex Workers - completed;

ii. Study on Valuation of Unpaid Care Work in Bhutan - completed;

iii. Study on Marriage and Cohabitation completed and disseminated to relevant intergovernmental agencies - completed.

Output indicator 1d: 4-part TV series on gender issues raised in the 3 gender studies broadcasted nationwide (2015 baseline: 0)

i. 4-part TV series with themes on i. Domestic violence, ii. Women in Agriculture, iii. Women in Politics and iv. Drayang (Entertainment) Workers completed.

ii. Dzongkha version of the TV Series produced and broadcasted nationwide in Bhutan Broadcasting Service.

Output indicator 2a: 3 needs assessment and feasibility studies finalized (2015 baseline: 0)

- Completed 3 needs assessment and feasibility studies for:

i. Creche in government agencies;

ii. Creche in private sector and informal sector;

iii. Lodging facility for female vendors at Centenary Farmers Market.

Output indicator 2b. 2 PPP agreements formulated for establishment of cr ches: 9 in central government agencies (2015 baseline: 1); 1 in private sector (2015 baseline: 0); and 2 for informal workers (2015 baseline 0)

- 12 PPP agreements signed for establishment of cr ches: 10 in government agencies; 1 in private sector and 1 for informal workers

Output indicator 3b. Establish 12 PPP based service delivery projects (2015 baseline: 1)

- 13 creches established- (10 creches in central and district government, 1 for private and 2 for informal sector).

Output indicator 3a: At least 10 SHGs trained on micro- enterprise development and market access (2015 baseline: 3)

i. 18 SHGs 345 members (220 female and 122 male) promoted by BAOWE and Tarayana.

ii. Value chain development (VCD) completed for 7 products Textile, Animal Feed, Cane/Bamboo, Dairy, Vegetables, Spices and Medicinal and Aromatic Plants;

iii. Cost Benefit Analysis and Market Access Study for 7 products completed.

iv. Completed 43 various training programs to enhance production capacity and group dynamics of SHGs.

Output indicator 3b: At least 6 SHGs in recycled waste livelihoods established [Target: 75% women] (2015 baseline: 0)

i. 6 SHGs established with 34 members (all female)

ii. Recycled waste training complete.

iii. SHG management training completed

Output indicator 3c: At least 20 agreements reached for marketing of SHG products at district level one-stop farmers' shops (2015 baseline: 0).

- 31 Marketing agreements reached for marketing of SHG products at district and national level by BAOWE (13) and Tarayana Foundation (18)

Geographical Location Nation-wide
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design During project design the Team has carried out extensive consultations with relevant civil society organizations directly and/or indirectly involved in women's economic empowerment in Bhutan (incl. Tarayana Foundation, Bhutan Association of Women Entrepreneurs (BAOWE) and Bhutan Network for Women's Empowerment). In addition, the Women Market Vendors Association (Thimphu) and the Women Market Vendors Credit Union (Thimphu) were consulted.
During Project Implementation The TA provided opportunity for engagement of CSOs (namely international NGO - READ Global and national NGOs - BAOWE and Tarayana Foundation) and multi-stakeholder partnerships to deliver economic-related and social services to the poor promoted through Self Help Groups and creches establishments in both rural and urban Bhutan.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

Through the TA, the NCWC will engage:

1. Individual consultants, namely Project Manager, M&E officer and finance and procurement officer who will form the Project Management Unit (PMU) located at NCWC [see Appendix 3, A(1)a-c]. NCWC will recruit national and international experts to conduct a survey on lodging needs of market vendors in Thimphu [see Appendix 3, A(1)d] as well as in the area of gender and law and gender and governance [see Appendix 3, A(1)e and A(2) a-b in areas including gender and law and governance, to support NCWC in designing and implementing tools and capacity development programs to institutionalize gender mainstreaming practices at central and district (dzongkhag) levels.

2. Organization (NGO/Firm), namely a Bhutan-based national organization (Video production firm) [see Appendix 3, B(1)] and a Bhutan-based international organization (NGO/firm) [see Appendix 3, B(2)]. The international organization (NGO/firm) will be selected through Quality-Based Selection (QBS) for the implementation of Output 2 . Individual consultants (national and international experts) and national NGOs (up to 3) to provide social mobilization support to SHGs will form part of the technical proposal to be submitted by the international organization to ADB and will be evaluated during the selection of international organization. More specifically, the selected organization will recruit international experts on value chain development, marketing, handwoven fabric design, cane and bamboo craft design, and recycled solid waste livelihoods, and gender economist; and a national researcher (gender economist).

All consultants individual and international organization (NGO/firm) will be recruited in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time).

Procurement Institutional, procurement and financial management assessments were made prior to implementation of the recently completed JFPR 9155 where NCWC was the Executing Agency.
Responsible ADB Officer Tornieri, Francesco
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Office of the Director General, SARD
Executing Agencies
National Commission for Women and Children (NCWC)
Royal Government of Bhutan
Above Memorial Chorten
Thimphu, P.O.Box: 556,551
Timetable
Concept Clearance 26 Jun 2015
Fact Finding 07 Aug 2015 to 11 Aug 2015
MRM -
Approval 09 Dec 2015
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 27 Aug 2019

TA 9016-BHU

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
09 Dec 2015 05 Jan 2016 05 Jan 2016 31 Dec 2018 31 Aug 2019 07 Oct 2019
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 1,500,000.00 150,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,650,000.00 17 Jun 2022 1,499,939.34

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
International Research Economist Individual - Consulting Closed 26 Mar 2019 28 Mar 2019
National Organizational Development and Management Expert for OD of National Commission on women and Children Bhutan Individual - Consulting Closed 07 Jul 2018 13 Jul 2018
Information and Communication Contractor (Radio Station) for National Gender Awareness Campaign for Adolescents Firm - Consulting Closed 26 Jun 2018 25 Jul 2018
Architect for Development of Layout and Design of an Integrated Facility for NCWC Individual - Consulting Closed 31 May 2018 13 Jun 2018
Monitoring and Evaluation Officer Individual - Consulting Closed 22 Dec 2017 28 Dec 2017
National Consulting Firm (Production of a Four-Part TV Series on Gender Issues) Firm - Consulting Closed 12 Aug 2017 10 Sep 2017

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor | Address Executing Agency Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
Capacity Development Technical Assistance 9016 15 May 2016 Read Global (United States) | PO Box 29286 San Francisco, CA 94129 United States National Commission for Women and Children 623,035.00

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