Regional: Promoting Transformative Gender Equality Agenda in Asia and the Pacific

Sovereign (Public) Project | 52214-001

The knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will generate new knowledge and evidence and build capacity of stakeholders in developing member countries (DMCs) to pursue transformative approaches to gender equality that will have a multiplier effect on both Asian Development Bank (ADB) operations and DMC policies and practices. The TA will support accelerating progress in gender equality, which is one of the operational priorities of ADB's Strategy 2030. It will also support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5, which is dedicated to gender equality and women's empowerment, in the Asia and Pacific region.

The TA is included in the 2018-2019 work plan of the Gender Equity Thematic Group approved by Management. It will support the implementation of a new Gender Equality Operational Plan 2019-2024.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Nowacka, Keiko
    Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department
    Request for information
  • Country
    Regional
  • Sector
    • Public sector management
Project Name Promoting Transformative Gender Equality Agenda in Asia and the Pacific
Project Number 52214-001
Country Regional
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9660-REG: Promoting Transformative Gender Equality Agenda in Asia and the Pacific
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 2.00 million
TA 9660-REG: Promoting Transformative Gender Equality Agenda in Asia and the Pacific (Supplementary)
Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative US$ 4.74 million
JP Morgan Chase US$ 980,000.00
TA 9660-REG: Promoting Transformative Gender Equality Agenda in Asia and the Pacific
Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund under the Urban Financing Partnership Facility US$ 735,000.00
TA 9660-REG: Promoting Transformative Gender Equality Agenda in Asia and the Pacific
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 200,000.00
Gender and Development Cooperation Fund US$ 109,215.07
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Agriculture research and application

Education / Technical and vocational education and training

Finance / Finance sector development - Inclusive finance - Small and medium enterprise finance and leasing

Industry and trade / Small and medium enterprise development

Information and communication technology / ICT strategy and policy, and capacity development

Public sector management / Public administration

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Description

The knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will generate new knowledge and evidence and build capacity of stakeholders in developing member countries (DMCs) to pursue transformative approaches to gender equality that will have a multiplier effect on both Asian Development Bank (ADB) operations and DMC policies and practices. The TA will support accelerating progress in gender equality, which is one of the operational priorities of ADB's Strategy 2030. It will also support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5, which is dedicated to gender equality and women's empowerment, in the Asia and Pacific region.

The TA is included in the 2018-2019 work plan of the Gender Equity Thematic Group approved by Management. It will support the implementation of a new Gender Equality Operational Plan 2019-2024.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

While Asia and the Pacific have made important progress on gender equality and women's empowerment over recent decades, stubborn gender gaps persist across all socio-economic areas. Female labor force participation rates have declined since 1990; this is the only global region with this negative trend. Girls are still less likely than boys to complete secondary education and pursue higher levels of education. Subject segregation (wherein more boys study science, technology, engineering and mathematics and information technology subjects than girls) contributes to the ongoing feminization of non-technical occupations and concentration of women in less valued and unskilled jobs. Gender wage gaps remain very high across many DMCs and women's access to leadership positions remain among the lowest globally. On average, close to one in three women report an experience of intimate partner violence during their lifetime: this increases to one in two women in some DMCs. Increasing evidence points to the adverse impacts of such gender inequalities on development outcomes and economic growth: McKinsey's estimates that the cost of gender inequalities in Asia and the Pacific is up to $2.2 trillion.

The SDGs' transformative approach to development provides an important opportunity to accelerate progress on gender equality and women's empowerment in Asia and the Pacific. The transformative gender agenda is defined by the ambitious gender targets included in SDG 5 and across other SDGs, which provide strategic entry points for challenging the discriminatory social norms that drive such inequalities. Targets include gender-based violence, unpaid care and domestic work, sexual and reproductive health and rights, women's participation in decision-making and leadership, access to economic and productive resources, access to information and communications technology, and legal/ institutional reforms. For Asia and the Pacific, adopting a transformative approach to gender equality is particularly relevant given the rapidly changing regional context, (e.g., demographic shifts, automation and digital transformations of the economy, and climate change) which threatens gender equality gains if a business-as-usual approach were to continue.

Strategy 2030 offers an avenue for ADB to scale up its support to its DMCs in responding to these persistent and emerging gender challenges. Accelerating progress in gender equality is one of Strategy 2030's seven operational priorities, which includes gender targets for sovereign, as well as, for the first time, for non-sovereign operations. Building on its strong track record of innovation in gender equality, ADB is also increasing its attention to SDG 5's transformative gender agenda under Strategy 2030 and the Gender Equality Operational Plan 2019-2024. However, limited evidence and resources on 'what works' to operationalize the transformative gender agenda is restricting operational opportunities. Stronger innovation, knowledge and evidence that can demonstrate the development benefits of transformative gender approaches are needed to ensure ADB can better support its DMCs in achieving SDG 5 by 2030.

Complementing this approach will be scaling up the capacity development of executing agencies (EAs) and implementing agencies (IAs) in DMCs to deliver gender-inclusive and transformative projects. Promoting a knowledge-action loop through demonstration effects, capacity development and knowledge sharing events that are both cross-regional and cross-sectoral will foster more opportunities to pursue and mainstream transformative gender agenda approaches across a range of development areas at the country and regional levels.

Impact

SDG 5-related gender equality results in ADB operations improved in DMCs.

Strategy 2030 gender targets supported.

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome ADB operations (both sovereign and nonsovereign) integrating the transformative gender agenda in DMCs increased
Progress Toward Outcome n/a
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Evidence and knowledge on the transformative gender agenda in operations strengthened

Gender knowledge and capacity of DMCs enhanced

Women's entrepreneurship in DMCs fostered

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

Under Output 1, the TA has engaged and mobilized national and international consultants to support the subprojects in Pakistan and Tonga, including the TA Coordinator based at ADB HQ. Recruitment process is ongoing for other subprojects.

The subproject in Bhutan launched the Study Report on Valuation of Unpaid Care Work in Bhutan on 11 October 2019. Dissemination workshops on the report culminated on 30 Dec 2019.

Additional consultants for the subprojects in Pakistan and private sector will be engaged in Q2 2020. By end of Q3, the TA will commence its support to WSMEs in Viet Nam through digital technologies that will enhance their financial literacy.

Under Output 2, the first country rollout of the regional Asia Women Leaders Program (AWLP) including training of master trainers program was conducted on 25-28 March 2019 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The AWLP targets senior women government officials who are in positions to influence their countries public finance, policies, and services, and provides leadership capacity development to strengthen their knowledge, skills, networks, and confidence. In Cambodia, Ministry of Women's Affairs has taken over the program for the country-rollover, involving 18 sectoral ministries.

In November 2019, ADB participated in the Global Gender Summit in Kigali organized by the Multilateral Development Banks' Working Group on Gender Equality, and hosted by the African Development Bank and the Government of Rwanda, to share best practices on new gender mainstreaming innovations in the infrastructure sector.

The TA has recruited a Gender and Development Capacity Building Specialist in Q1 2020 to support activities planned for 2020-2021, including Gender Forum, country-based AWLP, Gender Specialists' Annual Consultation Workshop. Online training and updated gender Thematic Group knowledge products will also be rolled out in 2020 with the support of the consultant.

Engagement of consulting firms is foreseen in Q3 for the 1) partnership project with UN Women on regional benchmarking study on gender-responsive procurement, and 2) addressing sexual exploitation abuse and harassment in ADB operations.

In 2020, the TA will also implement subprojects in South Asia and Southeast Asia which will focus on women's participation and political leadership in decision making within the local governance systems and addressing issues of women's economic empowerment and women's resilience to external shocks in the context of climate change and urban governance.

A women's entrepreneurship program supported by J.P. Morgan in the Philippines commenced activities with a technical workshop jointly organized with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. The technical workshop brought together government agencies, financial institutions, and women's business groups on 12 December 2019 to discuss the methodologies of sex-disaggregated nation-wide surveys on micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises.

In Indonesia, the national strategy for financial inclusion of women which includes targets and action plans for women-owned businesses and other areas of women's financial inclusion was virtually launched on 9 June 2020.

An advisory committee virtual meeting among representatives from the government, development agencies and women's business groups is planned for Q3 2020, to share experiences and learnings, set future directions for women's entrepreneurship in Asia, promote opportunities and coordination within the region.

The Women Accelerating Vibrant Enterprises in Southeast Asia and the Pacific (WAVES) program financed by the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative in Viet Nam has commenced consultant recruitment. A firm was engaged in June 2020 to support capacity development of financial institutions in serving WSMEs and to provide SME policy support. Engagement of consultants to conduct a randomized control trial on incentives for banks to lend to WSMEs and provide training and acceleration services for WSME's is underway.

Geographical Location Regional
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Key stakeholders in TA countries have been consulted at project design stage.
During Project Implementation For the subproject in Bhutan, stakeholders from the government, civil society organizations, corporate sectors and gender focals from central agencies participated in the dissemination and national workshops.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services ADB will engage international and national consultants and carry out procurement following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions.
Procurement None
Responsible ADB Officer Nowacka, Keiko
Responsible ADB Department Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department
Responsible ADB Division SDTC-GEN
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
Keiko Nowacka, Social Development Specialist (GAD), SDTC-GEN
6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 15 Oct 2018
Fact Finding 01 Aug 2018 to 18 Oct 2018
MRM -
Approval 29 Nov 2018
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 29 Jun 2020

TA 9660-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
29 Nov 2018 - 29 Nov 2018 31 Dec 2021 31 Dec 2025 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
2,200,000.00 6,561,215.07 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 8,761,215.07 07 Sep 2021 1,022,493.08

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Promoting Transformative Gender Equality Agenda in Asia and the Pacific - KM and Learning Specialist Individual - Consulting Active 15 Sep 2021 21 Sep 2021
National Consultant Individual - Consulting Closed 23 Jul 2021 29 Jul 2021
National Consultant: Gender Expert (Financial Inclusion) Individual - Consulting Closed 16 Jun 2021 25 Jun 2021
Part 1: Profile of Care Services and Service Providers in South Asia Firm - Consulting Closed 27 May 2021 10 Jun 2021
Literature review on women’s economic empowerment in the Pacific region Individual - Consulting Closed 20 May 2021 02 Jun 2021
Preparing a multi-country regional report on promoting investments in sustainable childcare in Asia and the Pacific Individual - Consulting Closed 11 May 2021 17 May 2021
Part 1: Profile of Care Services and Service Providers in South Asia Firm - Consulting Closed 30 Apr 2021 27 May 2021
Part 1: Profile of Care Services and Service Providers in South Asia Firm - Consulting Closed 31 Mar 2021 14 Apr 2021
UCCRTF Subproject: National Consulting Firm - Bangladesh Firm - Consulting Closed 14 Jan 2021 04 Feb 2021
UCCRTF Subproject: Gender and Financial Inclusion Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 02 Dec 2020 15 Dec 2020
Grant Implementation Support Consultant Individual - Consulting Closed 28 Nov 2020 09 Dec 2020
Women Small and Medium Enterprises Training Services Firm - Consulting Closed 29 Oct 2020 19 Nov 2020
UUCRTF Subproject: Team Leader/Gender and Urban Governance Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 16 Oct 2020 22 Oct 2020
UCCRTF Subproject: National Consulting Firm - Philippines Firm - Consulting Closed 16 Oct 2020 13 Nov 2020
UCCRTF Subproject: National Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed 16 Oct 2020 22 Oct 2020
Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise (MSME) Survey Firm - Consulting Closed 04 Aug 2020 25 Aug 2020
Component 3: Women Small and Medium Enterprises Specialized Business Counselling Program Training Services Firm - Consulting Closed 04 Aug 2020 25 Aug 2020
Promoting Transformative Gender Equality Agenda in Asia and the Pacific (National Gender Consultant) Individual - Consulting Closed 16 Apr 2020 30 Apr 2020
Gender Equality & Private Sector Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 16 Apr 2020 30 Apr 2020
Market research on Women-Owned Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Segment in Fiji Firm - Consulting Closed 14 Apr 2020 13 May 2020
Promoting Transformative Gender Equality Agenda in Asia and the Pacific Firm - Consulting Closed 09 Mar 2020 19 May 2020
Randomized Control Trial study Individual - Consulting Closed 07 Mar 2020 20 Mar 2020
Promoting Transformative Gender Equality Agenda in Asia and the Pacific - Project Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed 03 Mar 2020 09 Mar 2020
Gender and Development Capacity Building Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 08 Feb 2020 14 Feb 2020
Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative Vietnam Access to Finance and Environment Firm - Consulting Closed 24 Oct 2019 18 Nov 2019
Promoting Transformative Gender Equality Agenda in Asia and the Pacific Gender Specialist - Health Individual - Consulting Closed 24 Aug 2019 30 Aug 2019
Technical Assistance National Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Aug 2019 03 Sep 2019
National Gender Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 13 Aug 2019 15 Aug 2019
Promoting Transformative Gender Equality Agenda in Asia and the Pacific Gender Specialist (International Consultant) Individual - Consulting Closed 18 May 2019 14 Jun 2019

Contracts Awarded

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 9660 11 May 2021 Services and Solutions International Limited (BANGLADESH) House 275, (Level-2) Road 01, Rekha Hous Aman Housing Society, Adabor, Dhaka-1207 Bangladesh Asian Development Bank 180560
Capacity Development Technical Assistance 9660 25 Mar 2021 WOMEN'S INITIATIVE FOR STARTUP & ENTREPRENEURSHIP(VIET NAM,SOC REP OF) in association with CONG TY TNHH SAGE&CO GROUP VIET NAM(VIET NAM,SOC REP OF) No. 39A, Lane 139/27, Nguyen Ngoc Vu Str Trung Hoa, Cau Giay Ha Noi, Ha Noi 10000 Asian Development Bank 348163
Capacity Development Technical Assistance 9660 18 Mar 2021 Resources,Environmt.& Economics Ctr.for Studies,In(PHILIPPINES) 405 The Tower at Emerald Square,Tuazon c Rizal St., Project 4, Quezon City, Phili NCR 1109 PHILIPPINES Asian Development Bank 196637
Capacity Development Technical Assistance 9660 02 Feb 2021 FRANKFURT SCHOOL OF FINANCE & MANAGEMENT(GERMANY) in association with Kadence International Business Research Inc.(PHILIPPINES) SONNEMANSSTRASSE 9-11, 60314 FRANKFURT, GERMANY FAX +49 69 154008-670/[email protected] Asian Development Bank 179489
Capacity Development Technical Assistance 9660 27 Nov 2020 MVV EDUCATION JOINT STOCK COMPANY(VIET NAM,SOC REP OF) in association with WOMEN'S INITIATIVE FOR STARTUP & ENTREPRENEURSHIP(VIET NAM,SOC REP OF) Itaxa Building - 2nd Floor - 19 Vo Van T - District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Na Asian Development Bank 405680
Capacity Development Technical Assistance 9660 24 Nov 2020 Social Development Direct(UNITED KINGDOM) 4th Floor, 2 Caxton Street London SW1H 0QH United Kingdom Asian Development Bank 240500
Capacity Development Technical Assistance 9660 14 Jul 2020 WEConnect International Inc.(UNITED STATES) 1100 H ST NW, Suite 1100 Washington, DC United States Asian Development Bank 153539

Procurement Plan

None currently available.