Nepal: Strengthening Systems to Protect and Uplift Women Project

Sovereign Project | 55092-001

The project will help strengthen the government's response to gender-based violence (GBV) in Nepal. The project will (i) provide long-term rehabilitation for GBV survivors; (ii) fill gaps in availability of survivor-centric and gender equality and social inclusion (GESI)-sensitive infrastructure within the Nepal Police to ensure safe, confidential, and respectful environments for reporting cases; (iii) build service providers' capacity; and (iv) increase awareness on GBV prevention and available services. The project is aligned with the governments vision of a Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali, which envisions a society without discrimination, violence, or crime.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Shrestha, Unika
    South Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Approval Date
    24 November 2022
  • Country/Economy
    Nepal
  • Sector
    • Public sector management
Project Name Strengthening Systems to Protect and Uplift Women Project
Project Number 55092-001
Country / Economy Nepal
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0864-NEP: Strengthening Systems to Protect and Uplift Women Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 12.00 million
TA 6998-NEP: Support for Strengthening Systems to Protect and Uplift Women Project
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.50 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management / Social protection initiatives

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Description The project will help strengthen the government's response to gender-based violence (GBV) in Nepal. The project will (i) provide long-term rehabilitation for GBV survivors; (ii) fill gaps in availability of survivor-centric and gender equality and social inclusion (GESI)-sensitive infrastructure within the Nepal Police to ensure safe, confidential, and respectful environments for reporting cases; (iii) build service providers' capacity; and (iv) increase awareness on GBV prevention and available services. The project is aligned with the governments vision of a Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali, which envisions a society without discrimination, violence, or crime.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Women and girls in Nepal have made significant strides in human development since 2000; however, gender disparities and GBV persist. Nepals gender development index improved from 0.80 in 2000 to 0.94 in 2021._Yet, women and girls continue to face discrimination that manifests in poor social and economic outcomes. The labor force participation rate among adult women (26.3%) is significantly lower than that among men (53.8%)._Although women comprise 33.5% of parliament, this has not translated to transformative changes._Moreover, women continue to face violence in various forms which not only violates their fundamental human rights but undermines their physical and mental health and hinders progress toward gender equality.

GBV remains a persistent problem in Nepal. In 2016, 22.0% of women aged 15-49 years had experienced physical violence since age 15-a rate that has remained unchanged since 2011._Moreover, GBV disproportionately affects those who face intersecting and multiple forms of discrimination based on disability, social group, sexual orientation, and gender identity._GBV prevalence also varies by province with the highest rate in Madhesh Province (34.2%) and the lowest in Gandaki Province (12.0%)._Shocks such as disaster and climate related events and the coronavirus disease pandemic can exacerbate the incidence of GBV.

Impact

GBV incidence reduced and GBV survivors reintegrated into society (Government of Nepal's Fifteenth Five-Year Plan 2019/20202023/2024)

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Access to and quality of GBV services in project areas improved.

Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Women, children, and senior citizen service center services strengthened

Rehabilitation services for gender-based violence survivors strengthened

Community awareness of gender-based violence prevention and services increased

Institutional capacity for providing effective gender-based violence services developed

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Lumbini Province, Province 2, Sudurpashchim Pradesh
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 All consultants will be recruited according to ADB's Procurement Policy 2017, as amended from time to time) and Procurement Regulations for ADB Borrowers (2017, as amended from time to time)._The terms of reference for all consulting services are detailed in Section D and Appendix 3.
Procurement

All procurement of goods and works will be undertaken in accordance with ADB's Procurement Policy (2017 as amended from time to time) and Procurement Regulations for ADB Borrowers (2017, as amended from time to time).

Open Competitive Bidding method with national advertisement will be used for civil works contracts estimated to $5 million or below, and goods contract. RFQ will be used for any civil works or goods contract estimated to cost estimate around/below $100,000._

Before the start of any procurement, ADB and the government may review the public procurement laws of the central and provincial governments to ensure consistency with ADB's Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and Procurement Regulations for ADB Borrowers (2017, as amended from time to time).

Responsible ADB Officer Shrestha, Unika
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Human and Social Development Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizens
Timetable
Concept Clearance 12 Nov 2021
Fact Finding 06 May 2022 to 03 Jun 2022
MRM 19 Aug 2022
Approval 24 Nov 2022
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 24 Nov 2022

Grant 0864-NEP

Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 18.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 12.00 - 0.00 0.00 %
Counterpart 6.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 - 0.00 0.00 %

TA 6998-NEP

Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,500,000.00 - 0.00

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Procurement Plan