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Decentralized Coordination and Partnerships for Gender Equality Results.

Approval: 21 Sep 2015

Sector: Public sector management

Subsector: Public sector management

Description: Despite consistent economic growth in the past decade, rural poverty in Bhutan has remained high (at 16.7%) with more than half of its 20 districts having poverty rates above the national poverty rate of 12% (2012). Youth unemployment is high at 9.5% and 11.6%, among males and females, respectively. The Royal Government of Bhutan (RGOB) recognizes the potential of decentralized structures -- dzongkhag (district), gewog (block), chiwog (village) -- to perform key roles in achieving sustainable and inclusive economic growth, where economic benefits are enjoyed equitably by all citizens women and men and in reducing poverty levels, especially in rural areas. Increased capacity in mainstreaming gender equality concerns in decentralized structures development planning and delivery of services would contribute to gender equity in economic growth. Improved coordination between decentralized structures and central government agencies would enhance government s effectiveness (overall) in delivering much-needed economic and social services to their constituents, especially the poor who need those most. The Economic Development Policy (2010) of Bhutan identified public-private partnership (PPP) as a key approach in working towards sustainable, inclusive economic growth. The PPP approach will contribute to expanding Bhutan s economic base, develop the private sector, create jobs and business opportunities. Integrating a gender equality perspective in PPP could help ensure that men and women benefit equitably from the gains of economic growth. Project impact is aligned with improved access to productive resources and social services and control of benefits by poor women and men in selected urban and rural areas. Project outcome is strengthened central and local government capacity in addressing gender equality concerns and delivering services to poor women and men in partnership with the private sector and NGOs. The TA will have two outputs: (a) Output 1. NCWC institutional capacity to support central and local government gender mainstreaming capacity strengthened; and (b) Output 2. Public-private partnerships for gender equality results implemented.

Project Outcome: Government capacity in addressing gender equality concerns and delivering services in partnership with private sector and NGOs strengthened.

Implementation Progress :

1. NCWC capacity for greater achievement of gender equality results at local level strengthened

2. PPPs addressing the needs of women and vulnerable groups established

3. Capacity building of selected SHGs on upgraded production technologies and market accessibility undertaken

Project completion date : 2016-09-21 12:00:00

Major organization : National Commission for Women and Children Thimpu, Bhutan

Address : Our Office is located opposite to the swimming pool complex in Thimphu.

Country :Bhutan

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Financier : Asian Development Bank (ADB),

Financier address : Asian Development Bank (ADB),

South Asia Department,

Office of the Director General, SARD,

Attn:Francesco A. Tornieri (Request for information)

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Publication:Mena Report
Geographic Code:9BHUT
Date:Dec 22, 2015
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