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External Forum on Gender and Development

The External Forum on Gender and Development (EFG) was established as a mechanism to promote and facilitate dialogue between ADB and external groups on gender equality and women’s empowerment issues and concerns.

The EFG enables ADB to:

  • tap regularly into current thinking on regional gender issues
  • maintain an on-going dialogue with key gender and development experts from government, NGOs, academia, and other representatives of civil society on its gender program and activities
  • consult a broader group of stakeholders on implementation of its gender and development policy
  • develop key strategies for promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment in the Asia Pacific region

The EFG consists of 10 to 15 experts on GAD and women's rights from different ADB member countries, representing a variety of disciplines and perspectives. EFG members serve for three years, subject to renewal. ADB appoints new members in consultation with the existing EFG. The following criteria are considered when appointing new members: geographical diversity and balance; expertise in gender research or gender issues; and demonstrated commitment to gender equality and the empowerment of women. The EFG selects a chairperson from among its members who serves for two years.

Main roles and functions

The main functions of the EFG are to:

  • provide advice and guidance on critical gender issues in Asia and the Pacific, and related research, policy developments and advocacy that may be relevant to ADB;
  • provide a forum for dialogue between ADB and different sectors of civil society on ADB's approach and program of activities to address gender equity;
  • share information about ADB's Policy on Gender and Development (GAD) and progress in its implementation with key stakeholders in member countries;
  •  advise ADB on innovative and comparative approaches, good practices and lessons related to gender mainstreaming which could be incorporated in ADB financing, strategies, programs and projects;
  • provide general guidance to ADB on promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment in Asia and the Pacific periodically convening seminars for ADB staff on gender issues relevant to ADB's operations; and
  •  produce an outcome document at the end of each meeting for submission to ADB's President and senior staff.