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ADB Support for Gender and Development: Results from Country Case Studies

ADB Support for Gender and Development: Results from Country Case Studies

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This evaluation summary brings country perspective and information on gender issues, gender results from ADB-assisted projects, and stakeholders’ view on the challenges for implementing gender mainstreaming. It reports on country-specific experiences with ADB’s gender-related activities, and suggests ways for ADB to improve further the gender focus of its assistance.
This evaluation summary brings country perspective and information on gender issues, gender results from ADB-assisted projects, and stakeholders’ view on the challenges for implementing gender mainstreaming. It reports on country-specific experiences with ADB’s gender-related activities, and suggests ways for ADB to improve further the gender focus of its assistance.

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This special evaluation study brings country perspective and inormation on gender issues,gender results rom ADB-assisted projects, and stakeholders’ view on the challenges or implementing gender mainstreaming. It reports on country-specic experiences with ADB’s gender-related activities, and suggests ways or ADB to improve urther the gender ocus o its assistance.
 T
he Asian Development Bank (ADB) approvedthe Policy on Gender and Development(GAD) in May 1998. ADB’s commitment togender equality and women’s empowermentwas urther enhanced in 2008 with the approvalo Strategy 2020, which includes gender equityas one o the ve drivers o change. ADB’s resultsramework requires that 40% o all public sectorprojects and 50% o projects nanced by theAsian Development Fund (ADF) deliver “signicantgender mainstreaming” by 2012. The study, which was carried out in twophases, assesses ADB’s support to GAD Policybetween 1998 and 2009. Phase 1 assessed therelevance o the Policy and ADB’s broader corporate response to the Policy, and wascompleted in December 2009. Phase 2 brings country perspective and inormation ongender issues, gender results rom ADB-assisted projects, and stakeholders’ view onthe challenges or implementing gender mainstreaming. It reports on country-specicexperiences with ADB’s gender-related activities, and suggests ways or ADB to improveurther the gender ocus o its assistance.
Key Findings
In total, 55 projects were selected through purposive sampling or in-depth assessmentand rating rom GAD perspective. The results show that GAD-related perormance o theprojects was modest. About 51% o the projects were rated successul in GAD-relatedperormance. Gender perormance ratings show that about 82% o the sample projectswere rated GAD relevant or higher; 44% eective or higher in achieving the intendedGAD outcomes; 31% efcient or higher; and 45% likely to be sustainable in terms o continuity o GAD outcomes. This is despite the act that 45 out o the 55 projects in thesample were category I and category II, and they were, thereore, expected to producesubstantial GAD outcomes.Cross-tabulation o overall success ratings or the sample projects, in terms o GAD categories and Strategy 2020 core and noncore and/or other sectors, validates thepresent ocus on category I and category II projects. O the 20 category I and category IIprojects in core sectors, 50% were rated
successul 
or higher, whereas o the 25 categoryI and category II projects in noncore and/or other sectors, 60% were rated
successul 
 or higher. However, o the 10 category III andcategory IV projects, 30% were rated
successul 
orhigher and the only highly successul project inthe sample was in category III.
 The other ndings o the study include (i)while country gender assessments captured thecountry-specic gender issues and governmentgender priorities, the evidence was weak on theinfuences o country gender assessments toADB’s country partnership strategies;
 ADB Support for Gender and Development: Results from Country Case Studies
Learning Curves
March 2011
Evaluation
Independent
Women attending lectures or inormal educationprograms in Bangladesh under ADB’s WomenEmpowerment Project.
ADB projects have our gender mainstreamingcategories:
n
Category I
: gender equity as a theme
n
Category II
: eective gender mainstreaming
n
Category III
: some gender benets
n
Category IV
: no gender elements
Details o these categories are available at
www.adb.org/gender/gender-categories.asp 
QUICK LINKS
ADB Support or Gender andDevelopment: Results rom CountryCase Studies
ADB Support or Gender andDevelopment: Relevance,Responsiveness, and Results to Date
ADB Policy on Genderand Development
ADB Management Response
Chair’s Summary o the DevelopmentEectiveness Committee (DEC)

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