Regional : Strengthening Women's Resilience to Climate Change and Disaster Risk in Asia and the Pacific

Sovereign Project | 50042-001

The proposed knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will enhance the capacity of three developing member countries (DMCs) - Fiji, the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), and Mongolia - to strengthen women's resilience to climate change and disaster risks. This will be done by demonstrating (i) the potential for green jobs for women, (ii) developing and advancing gender-responsive national and sector policies and actions on climate change and disaster risk management (CCDRM), and (iii) integrating women's rights into relevant environment law. The TA is included in the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Management-approved Gender Equity Thematic Group's 2017 annual work program.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Shagazatova, Malika
    Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Regional
  • Modality
  • Sector
    • Public sector management
Project Name
Strengthening Women's Resilience to Climate Change and Disaster Risk in Asia and the Pacific
Project Number
50042-001
Country / Economy
  • Regional
Project Status
Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9348-REG: Strengthening Women's Resilience to Climate Change and Disaster Risk in Asia and the Pacific
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.40 million
Strategic Agendas
  • Environmentally sustainable growth
  • Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change
  • Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
  • Governance and capacity development
  • Knowledge solutions
  • Partnerships
Sector / Subsector
  • Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Agricultural policy, institutional and capacity development

  • Education / Technical and vocational education and training

  • Energy / Energy efficiency and conservation

  • Public sector management / Public administration

Gender
Gender equity theme
Description
The proposed knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will enhance the capacity of three developing member countries (DMCs) - Fiji, the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), and Mongolia - to strengthen women's resilience to climate change and disaster risks. This will be done by demonstrating (i) the potential for green jobs for women, (ii) developing and advancing gender-responsive national and sector policies and actions on climate change and disaster risk management (CCDRM), and (iii) integrating women's rights into relevant environment law. The TA is included in the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Management-approved Gender Equity Thematic Group's 2017 annual work program.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Women, and particularly poor women, suffer disproportionately from the impact of climate change and disasters triggered by natural hazards. Their recovery from post-disaster shocks is typically less rapid than that of men as a result of their lack of resource ownership and human capital endowments, disadvantaged socioeconomic position, lack of voice in decision-making processes, and disproportionate care responsibilities. The same factors hamper women's adaptive capacity and access to climate smart technology and production inputs in agriculture, as well as their capacity to capture economic opportunities provided by growing green economy value chains. When poor households suffer from multiple climate-related hazards, they may adopt extreme coping actions that can lead to long-term and intergenerational vulnerability, such as early marriage for girls, selling land and other assets for less than their value, withdrawing children from school, and reducing their food consumption.

Women play a critical role in managing climate and disaster risks through their coping knowledge and experience in effectively mobilizing resources. However, their roles remain undervalued in climate policies and finance. Empowering women and recognizing them as agents of change, rather than simply victims, and supporting their participation in CCDRM policy and program development are fundamental requirements of sustainable development.

The growing recognition of the centrality of gender equality and women's empowerment in CCDRM has resulted in a number of global initiatives, including (i) the Paris Agreement; (ii) the Lima Programme on Gender, adopted by the parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; (iii) gender policies and action plans adopted by global climate financing mechanisms such as the Global Environment Facility, the Climate Investment Funds, and the Green Climate Fund; (iv) Sustainable Development Goal 13.b; and (v) gender actions under the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030). Nonetheless, there are significant gaps in the capacity and commitment of countries to integrate gender equality in CCDRM work. Even those countries that have explicitly acknowledged the vulnerability of women to climate change and the impact of disasters have yet to define specific actions, work programs, and financing and implementation arrangements. Most countries find it challenging to design gender-responsive CCDRM projects. Key stakeholders such as women's groups and national machinery responsible for gender equality are largely excluded from important policy and program decision making.

Although national environmental laws will play an important role in effectively implementing national commitments to gender equality in CCDRM, little work has been done to critically assess the need for and means to implement legal reforms.

There is an unprecedented opportunity for women to benefit from growing green economies, but prospects for advancement from low-skill, entry-level positions to high-skill, higher-paying green jobs are hindered by existing gender inequalities. These include limited access to skills training and technical and vocational education and training (TVET), lack of finance, care responsibilities, limited access to assets such as land, and gender stereotypes in the existing labor market that reproduce the same gender gaps in the green economy. Reforms and demonstration of effective initiatives that are likely to accelerate green jobs and entrepreneurship for women are urgently needed to make the green economy value chain gender-inclusive.

Impact

Developing member countries (DMC) demand for investments in gender-responsive climate change and disaster risk management (CCDRM) programs to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 5 and 13 increased.

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome

Capacity of selected DMCs in developing and implementing gender-responsive CCDRM policies and programs increased

Progress Toward Outcome

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs

Green job potential for women demonstrated

Policy advice for gender mainstreaming in CCDRM policies, strategies, and financing strengthened

Legal frameworks for gender-inclusive CCDRM strengthened

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

The TA has engaged and mobilized all three national gender consultants from selected DMCs, the national TA coordinator based in ADB Headquarters, and the international firm tasked to deliver Outputs 1 and 2 of the TA. For Output 3, the international consultants (environmental law specialist and gender law specialist) are on-board since November 2018.

For Outputs 1 and 2, an Inception Meeting was conducted in late April 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand involving all consultants, implementing agency (IA) representatives, and ADB. The inception report was approved by ADB on June 2018.

Steering committees for each country are established with focal persons already identified from the IA and line ministries. Initial Steering Committee meetings have been conducted in Fiji, Lao, and Mongolia.

Output 3 is expected to be completed this August 2019. The completion will culminate with the conduct of a Regional Workshop at ADB Headquarters. The preparation for the Regional Synthesis Report of three Country Studies and Good Global Practices is ongoing.

Outputs 1 and 2 are expected to be completed by November 2020. The preparation of country reports for Outputs 1 and 2 is ongoing. These country reports will be presented in National Workshops scheduled in June 2019.

The demonstration subproject in Fiji, which provided certification training in carpentry to 20 women was completed on December 2018. As an output of the training, 20 climate-resilient houses were built and home beneficiaries have also been selected. The Final Report of the subproject is expected to be submitted this May 2019.

Demonstration project in Mongolia is expected to start in June 2019

Geographical Location
Regional

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation

During Project Design
IAs, civil society organizations, and key stakeholders in the three TA countries have been widely consulted during the fact-finding missions, which have resulted in the TA project designs.
During Project Implementation
Steering committees for each country are established with focal persons already identified from the IA and line ministries and TORs for the Steering Committee have been approved.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services
ADB will select, supervise, and evaluate all consultants. The TA will engage consultants using three methods: (i) an international consulting firm through fixed-budget selection, (ii) a nongovernment organization through single-source selection, and (iii) individual consultants. Consultant selection will be in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time). TA proceeds will be disbursed in accordance with ADB's Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (2010, as amended from time to time).
Procurement
Equipment will be procured in accordance with ADB Procurement Guidelines. Upon TA completion, all training equipment and materials will be handed over to the relevant implementing agency in accordance with relevant ADB guidelines.

Contact

Responsible ADB Officer
Shagazatova, Malika
Responsible ADB Department
Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department
Responsible ADB Division
Gender Equity Thematic Group
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank

Timetable

Concept Clearance
19 May 2017
Fact Finding
22 May 2017 to 11 May 2017
MRM
-
Approval
28 Jul 2017
Last Review Mission
-
Last PDS Update
28 Mar 2019

Funding

TA 9348-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
28 Jul 2017 - 28 Jul 2017 31 Dec 2020 30 Jun 2022 15 Nov 2022
Financing Plan/TA Utilization
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,400,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,400,000.00
Cumulative Disbursements
Date Amount
06 Dec 2022 1,293,492.87

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Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards
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None currently available.


Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

Title Document Type Document Date
Strengthening Women’s Resilience to Climate Change and Disaster Risk in Asia and the Pacific Validation of Technical Assistance Completion Reports Feb 2024


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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Resource Person - Futures Thinking and Foresight Individual - Consulting Closed
Communications Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
International Consultant for knowledge product production Individual - Consulting Closed
Technical co-team leader/International Gender and Green Jobs Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
International Gender and Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
International Gender and Legal Frameworks Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Mongolia National Gender Consultant Individual - Consulting Closed
Fiji National Gender Consultant Individual - Consulting Closed
Lao PDR National Gender Consultant Individual - Consulting Closed
Mongolia National Gender Consultant Individual - Consulting Closed
Outputs 1 and 2 Firm - Consulting Closed
National TA Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed

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 9348 08 May 2020 MN Rural Development and Relief Association(MONGOLIA) | Bayanzurkh District, Peace avenue, 16A-1 NAMAC building, 106 Ulaanbaatar city Mon Asian Development Bank 100,000.00
Capacity Development Technical Assistance 9348 15 Mar 2018 ASIA FOUNDATION (THE)(UNITED STATES) | 9TH FLOOR, 465 CALIFORNIA STREET SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94104 U.S.A. *** No Executing Agency for this TA *** 580,000.00
Capacity Development Technical Assistance 9348 09 Feb 2018 Habitat for Humanity(FIJI) | Lot 1 foster Road,, Walubay Suva, Fiji I Fiji *** No Executing Agency for this TA *** 270,171.00

Procurement Plan

None currently available.