ADB and Self-Employed Women's Association in India renew commitment to work together
ADB India Resident Mission (INRM) Country Director, INRM Gender Team, and the South Asia Regional Department (SARD) met with Rima Nanavati, Head of the Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA) in India, who expressed appreciation for the ADB Sub-Regional Conference on Going Beyond the Meter: Inclusive Energy Solutions in South Asia, and its renewed commitment to work with ADB in areas related to women’s economic empowerment; financial literacy; Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) campaigns and in particular, energy access and women-friendly technology solutions. SEWA shared its recent success in ensuring the inclusion of solar pumps for agriculture into the list of the Ministry of Finance priority sector lending, thus positively affecting the lives of millions of poor and their access to cheaper finance. ADB benefitted from a dialogue with two of SEWA members, Gauri Ben and Poori Ben from Santalpur, Patan, Gujarat, who participated in the dialogue at INRM and shared their experience and involvement in SEWA’s Green Livelihoods Campaign. Known in Hindi as “Hariyali”, the Green Livelihoods Campaign aims to provide affordable access to sustainable energy across India. In practice, portable solar LED lanterns and clean cooking stoves are provided to SEWA members, who pay for these in instalments, facilitated by affordable bank loans. Women salt farmers are also using pumps powered by solar energy instead of diesel fuel as part of a switch to renewable, sustainable sources of power. Areas for ADB and SEWA collaboration were identified, including a joint ADB-SEWA Exposure and Dialogue Program, which SEWA would like to offer to ADB staff interested in learning practical solutions to promoting women’s economic empowerment.
Training on gender equality and social inclusion held in Kathmandu
ADB Nepal Resident Mission jointly organized a training on gender and social inclusion with the Capacity Development Resource Center, Nepal Administrative Staff College on 21-22 September in Kathmandu for government officials involved in ADB-assisted projects. Engineers, sociologists, and project managers from different projects were briefed on gender and social inclusion concept, framework, and tools, including gender mainstreaming in the project cycle.
Gender Equality Diagnostic publication launched in Colombo
Sri Lanka's Ministry of Women and Child Affairs Secretary Chandrani Senaratna and ADB's Sri Lanka Resident Mission Country Director Sri Widowati launched the Gender Equality Diagnostic of Selected Sectors on 6 September in Colombo. The study aims to support the integration of gender approaches in ADB priority sectors of operations, including education, energy, transport, water, and sanitation.
Workshop on promoting gender equality in project operations held in Dhaka
More than 15 government officials, including project directors, and ADB staff on 29 August in Dhaka discussed the draft Gender Equality Diagnostics document and recommended actions to further mainstream gender. Ministry of Women and Children's Affairs Additional Secretary Mahmuda Sharmeen and ADB Bangladesh Resident Mission Portfolio Management Unit Head Yoshinobu Tatewaki opened the workshop.
Vice President Susantono opens Gender Equity retreat
The Vice-President highlighted the ADB Gender Equity group's achievements in gender mainstreaming in his remarks at a retreat on 1 August in the ADB headquarters. He called for creative thinking, working with other sector and thematic groups, and aligning operations and knowledge work closer to each other. See the photo
Workshop on Gender Equality and Social Inclusion action plan implementation held in Nepal
ADB's Nepal Resident Mission organized a workshop on 11-12 July for the government's Gender and Social Development Focal Persons, Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Unit staff, and project GESI specialists involved in the implementation of ADB-financed projects in agriculture, irrigation, urban infrastructure, water, energy, transport, and vocational skills sectors. The workshop, attended by 49 participants, discussed the achievements and challenges in GESI action plan implementation and monitoring; and tracking outcome level GESI results. The workshop highlighted the need for effective GESI mainstreaming in projects and proposed aligning GESI in national programs for achieving Sustainable Development Goals.
President meets ADB's External Forum on Gender and Development
President Nakao met ADB's External Forum on Gender and Development on 22 June at headquarters in Manila. The group welcomed ADB's progress in gender equality in projects, and suggested ways in which ADB can support Developing Member Countries to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 5 on gender equality. See photo.
ADB conducts workshop on Gender Action Plans in Colombo
Gender and social development staff of ADB's executing and implementing partner agencies joined a workshop on implementing, monitoring, and reporting of gender action plans (GAPs) on 21-23 June in Colombo. The workshop presented and discussed challenges and achievements of GAPs. ADB's Sri Lanka Resident Mission Country Director Sri Widowati and South Asia Regional Department's Francesco Tornieri provided the welcome and opening remarks.
Workshop on gender issues, remittances, and labor migration held in Bishkek
ADB Central and West Regional Department's Giovanni Capannelli led a meeting on 20-21 June in Bishkek with deputy ministers of economy, labor, and finance of the Kyrgyz Republic for the ADB Good Jobs for Inclusive Growth study. About 50 participants joined the workshop session, including local and international experts, and development partner representatives. The National Institute for Strategic Studies of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Center for Strategic Research of Tajikistan jointly organized the event.
Training workshop on ADB gender policies and gender audit held in Hyderabad
ADB India Resident Mission's Capacity Development Resource Center conducted the workshop on 14-15 June in Hyderabad. Over 20 officials and staff from executing and implementing agencies of ADB projects participated in the workshop. The workshop discussed key challenges in gender mainstreaming and shared strategies and practices in gender-responsive planning and implementation of gender initiatives.