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PDS Updated as of 05 Feb 2015

Project Name Promoting Gender-Inclusive Growth in Central and West Asia Developing Member Countries
Country Regional
Project/Program Number 44067-012
Status Approved
Geographical Location (i) Central Asia region with Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan,(iii) Afghanistan,(iv) Pakistan,(ii) Caucasus region with Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia
In preparing any country program or strategy, financing any project, or by making any designation of, or reference to, a particular territory or geographic area in this document, the Asian Development Bank does not intend to make any judgments as to the legal or other status of any territory or area.
Sector Public sector management
Subsector Economic affairs management
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth (IEG)
Regional integration (RCI)
Drivers of Change Gender equity and mainstreaming (GEM)
Governance and capacity development (GCD)
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Categories Category 1: Gender equity (GEN)


Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)
Technical Assistance7563Technical Assistance Special Fund3,200
Technical Assistance7563Technical Assistance Special Fund1,300
Technical Assistance7563ATF - Australian TA Grant22
Counterpart 350
TOTAL US$ 4,872

Summary of Environmental and Social Issues

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

During Project Design
Consultations with government agencies, non-government organizations, and civil society during design phase of the TA. Endorsement of Government secured.
During Project Implementation
Continued stakeholder consultation and participation during implementation. No Objection received from 10 DMCs


The technical assistance (TA) will strengthen the capacity of DMCs in Central and West Asia to (i) apply gender mainstreaming strategies in the design and implementation of programs and projects, (ii) support innovative and strategic approaches in the DMCs to promote gender equality and women's empowerment, and (iii) promote partnership and cooperation to enhance synergy. Activities will be supported through core areas of operations of ADB's Central and West Asia Department (CWRD), in which country-specific, innovative, and effective design features will be developed to provide equal opportunity for women and men to participate in and benefit from project and programs

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

In-country consultations with government agencies, non-government and civil society organizations, and development partners found that the TA is essential to support DMCs in Central and West Asia and to enable CWRD to better assist DMCs in systematically addressing gender concerns in development. In respect of the decreasing resources in GAD Cooperation Fund to support GAD policy implementation in all ADB operations, the TA will pave the way for CWRD to institutionalize its own structure, mechanisms, and approaches to accelerate gender mainstreaming in its operations to meet Strategy 2020 targets

Development Impact

Gender-inclusive growth is attained in participating DMCs

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Improved capacity of DMCs in gender mainstreaming
Progress Towards Outcome
The CWRD is progressively gender mainstreamed with the support of the RETA: 35% in 2011, 40% in 2012, and 45% in 2013. Nongovernment and civil society organizations actively participate in pilot projects, investment projects, and gender learning events.

Outputs and Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
1. Strengthened institutional capacity of NSOs to produce and promote use of gender data 2. Increased availability and use of updated country gender analytical works 3. Gender mainstreaming approaches in pilot projects developed and completed 4. GAD network cooperation is reinforced and coordinated
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
" RETA Output 1 completed: publication completed (Gender Statistics and Development Planning, 2012); capacity building done in 4 DMCs (KAZ, KGZ, TAJ, UZB). These were the activities undertaken: " Draft organization policy to improve production and dissemination of gender statistics was prepared in each country, through dialogues with a total of 170 data producer and user GO, CSO and international organization representatives. In Tajikistan, the draft policy reached the level of approval. " A total of 147 staff members of NSO and key government agencies in 4 DMCs with improved technical skills in gender analysis and dissemination of gender data, as a result of a training (2-4 days per DMC). " Gender webpages developed and hosted by the official NSO websites of KAZ, KGZ and TAJ. In UZB, its link appears on the official website. These 4 gender webpages are available in both English and Russian. RETA Output 2: CGAs: 2 done, 4 in progress. One country brief started. Information materials: 4 published. One research report in print. Details: " CGA Kazakhstan Printed English version published Dec 2013 and disseminated (Jan 2014). Online versions published: English (Dec 2013) and Russian (Jan 2014). " CGA Uzbekistan Printed and online English version (May 2014) and Russian online version (July 2014) published. " CGA Kyrgyz Ongoing. Produced with the WB and DfID, draft being updated. " CGA Armenia Ongoing, draft presented in a consultation workshop (Nov 2013) and circulated to gender CoP and RSDD (August 2014). Now undergoing minor revisions. " CGA Pakistan Ongoing. Co-financed by the Australian government and implemented in cooperation with WB, IsDB, and Canada government. First draft presented in a consultation-validation workshop with key stakeholders July 23-34, 2014 in Islamabad. The second draft circulated to partners and presently being revised. " CGA Tajikistan Ongoing. Newly started (August 2014). " Country Gender Brief Afghanistan Ongoing, interviews with GAD-related agencies done in Kabul, August 10-16. Write up underway. " 4 information materials published: Uzbekistan Gender and Water: A Story Within a Story (Aug 2013); Afghanistan: A Story within a Story: ADB Works to Prevent Sexually Transmitted Infections and Human Trafficking (2012); Kyrgyz Republic: ADB Helps Rural Women Become Entrepreneurs (2012); Pakistan: ADB Helps Women During Pakistan s Post-Flood Reconstruction (2011). " 1 research report publication in print: Using Information and Communication Technology to Support Women's Entrepreneurship in Central and West Asia. English version in print, to be available soon. RETA Output 3: Pilot projects: 17 completed, 6 ongoing, and 1 in-process. RETA will exceed the target number of pilot projects (20). The RETA Midterm evaluation (March 2013) confirmed pilot projects are successful in facilitating delivery of economic and social benefits to women, and raising gender mainstreaming capacity of partner community-based organizations, NGOs and GOS, and ADB RM staff. These are the pilot projects: " Completed 17 pilot projects: (1) Afghanistan- livelihood skills training and support (Women's Group Product Based Handicraft Training, Production and Marketing: Banyan Businesswomen s Association) (2) Armenia livelihood skills training and support (Gender Inclusive Growth along North-South Corridor: Armenia Young Women s Association) (3) Armenia training for local governments (Creating Tools and Skills for Gender Mainstreaming at the Local Level: Caucasus Institute Foundation) (4) Armenia research (Study on Women SMEs in Armenia: Alpha Plus Consulting) (5) Azerbaijan research (Sexual Harassment in the Baku Metro and Connected Spaces: Tarana Jafarova) (6) Azerbaijan (Program on Women s Entrepreneurs in the Regions: SIDUS Consulting) (7) Georgia awareness raising (Information-Education Campaign (IEC) on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Marneuli and Mestia: Women s Information Center) (8) Kyrgyz Rep. research (Women Entrepreneurship in the Kyrgyz Republic: Gender Resource Center) (9) Kyrgyz Rep. research and gender sensitivity training of secondary TVET school managers (Improving Technical and vocational education training in the Kyrgyz Republic: Innovative Solutions Inc.) (10) Pakistan livelihoods skills training and support (Improving Livelihood Opportunities for Women in Livestock and Dairy Development Sector, Phase I: Plan International) (11) Pakistan livelihoods skills training and support (Improving Livelihood Opportunities for Women in Livestock and Dairy Development Sector, Phase II: Plan International) (12) Pakistan leadership and entrepreneurship training (Building local capacity to develop local solutions for social issues: Empowerment Through Creative Integration) (13) Pakistan public awareness building and lawyer s training (Addressing Gender-Based Violence in Pakistan). (14) Tajikistan entrepreneurial skills training (Vocational Education for the Development of Women Entrepreneurs: National Businesswomen s Association of Tajikistan) (15) Tajikistan - (Strengthening Women's Economic Resiliency in Climate Change Vulnerable Areas Across Darwaz: Mountain Society Development Support Program) (16) Uzbekistan research (Support for Implementation of CEDAE National Action Plan: Civic Initiatives Support Center) (17) Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Uzbekistan research (Leveraging Information and Communication Technology to Foster Women's Entrepreneurship in Central and West Asia. Country Experiences and Emerging Good Practices: Thao Nguyen) " 6 pilot projects ongoing (1) Tajikistan awareness raising. Training and materials production (Raising Awareness and Training in Support of Green Finance: Habitat for Humanity) (2) Uzbekistan livelihoods training and support (Strengthening the Economic Capacity of Women Along the CAREC Corridor 2 in Sarimoy: Karakalpak Republican Businesswomen s Association) (3) Uzbekistan livelihoods training and support (Strengthening the Economic Capacity of Women Along the CAREC Corridor 2 in Pap Namangan: Association for Supporting Children and Families) (4) Afghanistan research and training (Technical-Vocational Livelihoods Training For Energy Sector Development Investment Program Beneficiaries., Mercy Corps) (5) Pakistan research (Sexual Harassment in Karachi bus transport and connected spaces: Social Policy and Development Center) (6) Georgia research (Sexual Harassment in the Tbilisi metro and connected spaces: Women s Information Center) " 1 pilot project being processed (1) Kyrgyz Rep capacity building and ICT development (SMS Based Information Alert Service for Women Entrepreneurs: Women s Forum Kurak). RETA Output 3: Monitoring of GAPs implementation is ongoing. " Loan/Grant Projects Monitoring Uzb National Officer and the RETA consultants monitor implementation of 33 GAPs (GEN/EGM projects). Reports on Gender Action Plan (GAP) implementation as of June 2014 on file, most GAPs are on track (targets achieved). Breakdown of GEN/EGM loan and grant projects per DMC: (AFG-6, ARM-2, AZE-2,GEO-2, KAZ-1, KGZ-4, PAK-6, TAJ-6, UZB-11). Note: Out of 25 loans processed in 2013, 12 (48%) were either EGM or GEN. " Preparations ongoing for a Sub regional workshop of KAZ, KGZ, TAJ and UZB loan project gender specialists for 6-7 Oct to be held in UZB. RETA Output 4: ADB supported 32 GAD-related learning events that build capacities of organizations and raise awareness on gender issues. " To date, 32 learning events have been organized by more than 40 partners in 9 DMCs. The learning events included commemorative activities on the occasion of women s day/month (March), reproductive health month (May), Annual International Days of Campaign Against VAW (Nov-Dec); gender technical group (GTG) seminars, etc. " ADB Pakistan Resident Mission chairs the InGAD network based in Islamabad PROJECT MANAGEMENT: " Disbursements: 84% ($3.80 M ) of the total budget committed, 57% ($2.58 M) of the total budget disbursed. " Time elapsed: 83% (45 of 54 months) " RETA Team members: URM Social Develepment Officer Mekhri Kuhdayberdiyeva; RETA National Implementation Consultants (NIC): Ketevan Chkeidze (ARM, AZE, GEO), Gulfia Abdulaeva (KGZ), Shaima Zakhilwal (AFG), Uzma Altaf (PAK), Gulnora Kholova (TAJ), Malika Shagazatova (UZB); Coordinator Wilma Rojas. " Team Leader: Shanny Campbell; Co- Team leader: Jeremy Stickings.
Status of Development Objectives
Status of Operation / Construction
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing 2014 Mar 04
Consulting Services
National Consultants: 1. ADB Headgquarters-Based TA Administrator (39 person-months) 2. ADB Headquarters-Based TA Coordinator/GAD consultant (53 person-months) 3. Subregional Project Manager (24 person-months) 3. Implementation Consultants (8 individuals, 168 person-months) International Consultants ( 4 individuals, 23 person-months)
Computers were provided to the national consultants
Procurement and Consulting Notices


Concept Clearance 21 Jun 2010
Fact-finding 01 Jan 1970
Management Review Meeting
Approval 19 Feb 2014


Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual
Technical Assistance 7563 19 Jul 2010 19 Jul 2010 30 Nov 2013 30 May 2015


Date Approval Number ADB (US$ thousand) Others (US$ thousand) Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
Cumulative Disbursements

TA Amount (US$ thousand)

Approval Number Approved Amount Revised Amount Total Commitment Uncommitted Balance Total Disbursement Undisbursed Balance
Technical Assistance 7563 4,522 4,522 3,655 868 2,802 1,720

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer Shanny Campbell (
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Portfolio, Results, Safeguards and Social Sector Unit, CWRD
Executing Agencies Asian Development Bank


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