Maldives : Strengthening Gender Inclusive Initiatives Project

Sovereign Project | 54373-001

The Strengthening Gender Inclusive Initiatives Project aims to increase access to sustainable gender-responsive social services in Maldives by (i) improving gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) statistics; (ii) integrating gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) into government systems; (iii) strengthening the capacity of the social service system for aged care, early childcare, and domestic violence and gender-based violence (DV/GBV) services; (iv) establishing partnerships to support DV/GBV prevention, access to DV/GBV services, and aged care; and (v) constructing three climate-resilient shelters for DV/GBV survivors in Addu, Hulhumale, and Raa-Ungoofaaru. The project and attached TA will benefit women DV/GBV survivors and their dependent children and reduce the unpaid care burden on women caring for older family members and young children.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Morsheda, Elma
    Sectors Group
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Maldives
  • Sector
    • Water and other urban infrastructure and services
Project Name Strengthening Gender Inclusive Initiatives Project
Project Number 54373-001
Country / Economy Maldives
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0867-MLD: Strengthening Gender Inclusive Initiatives Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 7.51 million
TA 10006-MLD: Capacity Building for the Strengthening Gender Inclusive Initiatives Project
Japan Special Fund US$ 2.00 million
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
Operational Priorities OP1: Addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities
OP2: Accelerating progress in gender equality
OP3: Tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability
OP4: Making cities more livable
OP6: Strengthening governance and institutional capacity
Sector / Subsector

Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Other urban services

Gender Gender equity theme
Description The Strengthening Gender Inclusive Initiatives Project aims to increase access to sustainable gender-responsive social services in Maldives by (i) improving gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) statistics; (ii) integrating gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) into government systems; (iii) strengthening the capacity of the social service system for aged care, early childcare, and domestic violence and gender-based violence (DV/GBV) services; (iv) establishing partnerships to support DV/GBV prevention, access to DV/GBV services, and aged care; and (v) constructing three climate-resilient shelters for DV/GBV survivors in Addu, Hulhumale, and Raa-Ungoofaaru. The project and attached TA will benefit women DV/GBV survivors and their dependent children and reduce the unpaid care burden on women caring for older family members and young children.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The project is aligned with Strategy 2030 of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), particularly operational priority 2 on accelerating progress of gender equality and operational priority 1 on reducing inequalities. It will support the first objective of ADB's country partnership strategy, 2020-2024 for Maldives on improving the quality and efficiency of public services by sharpening its approach to gender equality; and the crosscutting theme on gender. It supports the SDG 5 transformative gender agenda to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls, particularly SDGs 5.2, 5.4, and 5.5. The project will strengthen government institutional capacity to implement its GESI policy commitments to DV/GBV survivors and to increase women and girl's economic and social participation.
Impact

Gender-based violence minimized and gender-related barriers preventing equal rights, participation, and benefits for women in social and economic spheres eliminated

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Increased access to sustainable gender-responsive social services

Progress Toward Outcome Progress toward outcome achievement is ongoing.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Solutions for improved availability and use of quality GESI statistics established

GRB integrated into government planning and budgeting systems

Capacity of the social service system strengthened for aged care, early childcare, and DV/GBV services

Partnerships to support DV/GBV prevention, access to DV/GBV services and aged care established

Climate-resilient shelters for DV/GBV survivors established

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) Output 1: The selection for the recruitment of a consulting firm who will support MBS in delivering output 1 was advertised in Q4 2023, while the TOR for the FPA study was finalized and expected to be advertised in 2024. Output 2: The international and national consultant who will support MOF in delivering output will be recruited in 2024. Outputs 3-4: The consulting firm who will support MGFSS in delivering outputs 3 and 4 was engaged in Oct 2023 and has started preliminary works with the Ministry. Output 5: The Addu package was advertised in Q3 2023, but no bids were received. It will be re-advertised in Q2 2024, along with the two other packages for Hulhumale and Raa Ungoofaaru.
Geographical Location Male
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Procurement of civil works and goods will be undertaken in conformity with the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and the Procurement Regulations for ADB Borrowers (2017, as amended from time to time).
Procurement Procurement of civil works and goods will be undertaken in conformity with the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and the Procurement Regulations for ADB Borrowers (2017, as amended from time to time).
Responsible ADB Officer Morsheda, Elma
Responsible ADB Department Sectors Group
Responsible ADB Division Water and Urban Development Sector Office (SG-WUD)
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance (formerly Ministry of Finance and Treasury)
Timetable
Concept Clearance 14 Jan 2021
Fact Finding 29 Jun 2022 to 29 Jun 2022
MRM 10 Oct 2022
Approval 02 Dec 2022
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 27 Mar 2024

Grant 0867-MLD

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
02 Dec 2022 21 Dec 2022 30 Jan 2023 31 Jul 2028 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 8.44 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 7.51 26 Mar 2024 0.04 0.00 1%
Counterpart 0.93 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 26 Mar 2024 0.00 0.00 0%

TA 10006-MLD

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
02 Dec 2022 21 Dec 2022 21 Dec 2022 31 Jan 2028 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
2,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,500,000.00 26 Mar 2024 141,394.00

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Strengthening Gender Inclusive Initiatives Project - Procurement Specialist (National) Individual - Consulting Closed
GESI Statistics and Data Consultant Firm - Consulting Closed
Strengthening Gender Inclusive Initiatives Project - Grants Program Manager Individual - Consulting Closed
Strengthening Gender Inclusive Initiatives Project - Impact Evaluation Firm - Consulting Closed
Strengthening Gender Inclusive Initiatives Project - Training Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed
Strengthening Gender Inclusive Initiatives Project - International GRB Consultant Individual - Consulting Closed
Strengthening Gender Inclusive Initiatives Project Individual - Consulting Closed
Strengthening Gender Inclusive Initiatives Project - Consultant Firm for Social Sector Strengthening Firm - 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 Technical Assistance 10006 13 Dec 2023 Ernst & Young LLP (INDIA) | 6th Floor, Wing A & B, Worldmark-1, Indira Gandhi International Airport Hospitality District, Aerocity, New Delhi 110037, India Ministry of Finance 386,820.00
Capacity Development Technical Assistance Technical Assistance 10006 06 Oct 2023 CONSEIL SANTE S.A. (FRANCE) in association with Sustainable Development and Research Institute Pvt. Ltd. (MALDIVES) | 92-98 BOULEVARD VICTOR HUGO 92110 CLICHY, FRANCE Ministry of Finance 1,897,707.00

Procurement Plan

Title Document Type Document Date
Strengthening Gender Inclusive Initiatives Project: Procurement Plan Procurement Plans Oct 2022