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Program: Mainstreaming Gender Equality in Infrastructure Projects: Asia and Pacific Regional Meeting

ADB Headquarters, Manila, Philippines: 10-11 November 2008
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Day 1. November 10, 2008

8:00-8:30Registration and Light Breakfast

Opening Session

Chaired by:
Shireen Lateef , Chair, MDB Gender Working Group, and Director, Southeast Asia Social Sectors Division, ADB

Welcoming Remarks:

  • Rajat M. Nag, Managing Director General, ADB
    (Video[.wmv | 11:32 mins. | 21,779kb])
  • Videotaped Opening Remarks by Jim Adams, Vice President East Asia, World Bank

    Videotaped Welcome Address by Ursula Schaefer-Preuss , Vice President, Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, ADB
    (Video [.wmv | 7:41 mins. | 12,914kb])

Setting the Context: Gender and Infrastructure

Chaired by:
Maryse Gautier , Acting Country Director for the Philippines, World Bank

  • Introductory Presentations: Mayra Buvinic , Director, Gender and Development Group, World Bank;
  • Maddalena Pezzotti , Chief, Gender and Diversity Unit, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
  • Does Gender Matter?PDF: 737kb | 13 pages  ] What does research tell us?
    Nistha Sinha, Economist, Gender and Development Group, World Bank

Short Questions and Answers

  • The structure of the workshop:  Dominique Lallement , Gender and Infrastructure Consultant Adviser, World Bank [PDF 73KB]

    (Video[.wmv | 10:47 mins. | 20,362kb])
9:45-12:00Module 1: Learning from Success and Getting Results

The objective of this module is to illustrate through successful case studies that (i ) it is possible to engender infrastructure policies and projects, and (ii) projects which have been engendered throughout design and implementation lead to greater development effectiveness and sustainability. The case studies will illustrate how to mobilize stakeholders, how to sequence interventions, what tools and resources were used, and what various groups of stakeholders can contribute: central and local government, private sector, NGOs.

Chair: WooChong Um, Director, Energy, Transport and Water Division, Regional and Sustainable Development Department, ADB

Plenary: Case Studies Presentation (10mn each)

Speaker 1: Bangladesh - Third Rural Infrastructure Development ProjectPDF: 679kb    | 15 pages ]
Ferdousi Sultana, Gender and Social Development Officer, ADB

Speaker 2: China. Liaoning Urban Transport: Changing Project DesignPDF: 1,828kb  | 21 pages ]
Shomik Raj Mehndiratta , Senior Transportation Specialist, World Bank

Speaker 3: Telebanking in the Middle East: Gender Mainstreaming in Private Sector InvestmentsPDF: 621kb | 12 pages  ]
Lina Hediah , Chief Information Officer, EastNets, Dubai

Questions and Answers (Video[.wmv | 11:09 mins. | 22,500kb])


Coffee Break


Small Group Discussion: Getting Results

Participants will be asked to reflect on the successful cases presented and identify (i ) how to concretely integrate gender dimensions into projects they are currently working on; (ii) what needs  to be done to ensure success; and (iii) what results  would expect as a result of integrating gender into their projects.


Plenary Reports from Group Discussion on Getting Results

Open Discussion
(Video[.wmv | 11:55 mins. | 22,500kb])

Concluding remarks by Session Chair
12:30-13:30Lunch (Executive Dining Room Coffee Lounge)

Module 2: Listening to Women's and Men's Needs for Infrastructure and Infrastructure Services.

Maddalena Pezzotti , Chief, Gender and Diversity Unit, Social Sector, IDB

The objective of this module is to share experience from projects in which the needs of women and men have successfully been integrated into project design or redesign.


Plenary: Case Studies Presentation (10mn each)

Speaker 1: Laos-Rural Electrification: Do Government and Financiers listen to men and women?PDF: 621kb | 22 pages  ]
Jie Tang, Senior Energy Specialist, World Bank

Speaker 2: Philippines: Rural Energy: Gender Mainstreaming in partnerships local government-NGOsPDF: 651kb | 17 pages  ]
Feri Lumampao , Director, APROTECH, the Philippines

Speaker 3: Peru- Rural Roads (World Bank and IDB financed)[PDF: 938kb | 13 pages  ]
Nicolas Peltier , Senior Infrastructure Economist, World Bank

Questions and Answers (Video[.wmv | 29:10 mins. | 54,875kb])


Small Group Discussion: Listening to Women and Men: How to make it happen

Participants will be asked to share concrete experience in processes within their respective organizations and on the ground to identify (i ) processes and tools on what works well, (ii) constraints, what needs to change, in order to mainstream gender in infrastructure projects.

Participants will be grouped mixing country delegations (which will include MDB staff working on programs in the relevant country) to enable less experienced countries to learn from more experienced ones.


Plenary: Reporting From Working Groups

Open Discussion
(Video[.wmv | 22:42 mins. | 42,705kb])

Concluding Remarks by Session Chair

16:00-16:30Tea break - video showing on Sri Lanka Third Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project (ADB) at tea area

Moderated Panel: Gender, Infrastructure, and Social Risk Mitigation

Moderator: Robert J. Dobias, Director, Gender and Social Development Division, Regional and Sustainable Development Department, ADB

Panel Members: Monawar Sultana, Social Development Specialist, Southeast Asia Infrastructure Division, ADB, on gender and resettlement in the Mekong Region;

Claude Bodart, Health Specialist, East Asia Social Sector Division, ADB, on HIV prevention in transport project in Yunnan , PRC [ PDF: 184kb | 9 pages  ]; and

Nilufar Ahmad, Senior Social Scientist, Social Development Policy Unit, World Bank, on Sierra Leone, Hydropower ProjectPDF: 297kb | 8 pages  ].

Open Discussion
(Video[.wmv | 19:12 mins. | 36,217kb])

Summary by Panel Chair

17:30- 18:30Open Session (optional): Gender and Climate Change Mitigation in Infrastructure Projects: World Bank
18:30Cocktail Reception (Courtyard in front of Auditorium)
Day 2. November 11, 2008
8:30-8:45Coffee and Short video on Nigeria-Rural Telephony (IFC)
8:45-9:00Brief Recap on Day 1 by Workshop Moderators, and on Day 2 Objectives

Module 3- Customizing to the Sectors

Chair: Michaela Bergman, Senior Social Adviser, Environment and Sustainability Department, EBRD

The objective of Module 3 is (i ) to map issues and solutions common to all sectors; (ii) to identify gender issues specific to each sector; and (iii) to identify synergies between sectors. This module will reflect on three main questions:

  1. What is specific to: Energy, ICT, Irrigation, Transport, Sanitation and Water, Urban?
  2. What are the merits and constraints to sector specific versus multi-sector approach?
  3. Within and across sectors, are different approaches needed for small versus large-scale projects, e.g . small versus large scale irrigation; power transmission project versus off-grid community based.

Plenary Case Studies

Speaker 1: Gender in Rural TransportPDF: 1,970kb | 8 pages  ]
Marinke van Riet , Executive Secretary, International Forum for Rural Transport and Development

Speaker 2: Gender Responsive Transport Project Designs in Asia Pacific - Timor Leste Road Sector Improvement ProjectPDF: 924kb | 17 pages  ]
Francesco Tornieri , Social Development Specialist, Gender and Social Development Division, ADB

Speaker 3: Identifying Gender Specificity and Synergies in Sectors  [PDF: 299kb | 14 pages  ], with illustrations from projects in Slum Upgrading, ICT, and Mining (Papua & New Guinea).
Dominique Lallement , Gender and Infrastructure Consultant Adviser, World Bank

Speaker 4: Identifying gender Specificity and Scale Issues in Sectors [ PDF: 145kb | 8 pages ],   with illustrations from projects in Irrigation and Rural Water Supply.
Sonomi Tanaka, Principal Social Development Specialist, Gender and Social Development Division, ADB

Questions and Answers (Video [.wmv | 43:37 mins. | 82,141kb])

10:30-10:45Coffee Break

Interactive Plenary: Customizing to the Sectors: How to Make it happen.

Moderator: Gillian Brown, Gender Coordinator for East Asia, World Bank

Practical exercise in sector groups, to enable participants to identify gender questions for their sector, and role play on how integrating gender in project activities.

Debriefing in Plenary

12:00-13:30Lunch Break
13:30- 17:00

Module 4: Challenge of Implementation – Monitoring Results and Outcomes

The objective of this module is to establish how to move from policy to project outcomes and develop a common understanding on (i ) how to assess results and outcomes of engendering infrastructure portfolios, and (ii) a common platform moving forward. The Module will address four questions

  1. Taking stock of policy objectives, what do we want to monitor?
  2. Selectivity versus comprehensive monitoring?
  3. Measuring outcomes versus research: how much money should be spent from a decision-maker perspective?
  4. What do we all want to do moving forward?

Moderator: Nistha Sinha, Economist, Gender and Development Group, World Bank

13:30- 14:15Plenary Case Studies

Speaker 1: Nepal Irrigation Management TransferPDF: 969kb | 20 pages  ]
Shyam Rajbhandari , Department of Irrigation, Nepal

Speaker 2: Monitoring Results and Evaluating Impacts and Outcomes[PDF: 370kb | 16 pages  ] (Examples from Bangladesh, Nepal, and Peru).  Dominique Lallement , Consultant, the World Bank
(Video[.wmv | 13:14 mins. | 21,830kb])

Questions and Answers (Video[.wmv | 11:09 mins. | 21,064kb])


Moderated Panel: Where do we stand now? Taking stock of institutional experience.

Panelists: Shireen Lateef : ADB Portfolio Review & Gender Guidelines [PDF:

Nilufar Ahmad: World Bank Portfolio ReviewPDF: 237kb | 13 pages  ],

Maddalena Pezzotti : Gender and Infrastructure in IDBPDF: 81kb | 14 pages   ]

Michaela Bergman: Gender and Infrastructure Issues in EBRD Region [ PDF: 363kb | 16 pages ]
Respondent: Yumiko Tanaka, JICA Senior Advisor, Institute of International Cooperation, JICA:JICA is expanding its infrastructure program: what lessons from the MDBs experience can be applied to new JICA?


Presentation by Mayra Buvinic , Director, Gender and Development Group, World Bank:

Moving Forward: Linking Policies to Project Results and Outcomes
(Video[.wmv | 7:30 mins. | 14,165kb])


Interactive Plenary on Gender Mainstreaming: Developing a Common Platform

Participants will work in country delegations to outline a gender mainstreaming plan of action for their country, reflecting on priority issues and processes, as well as sectors, in order to successfully mainstream gender in the development and investment programs in infrastructure. They will also be asked to identify some results and impact indicators.

Questions and Answers
(Video [.wmv | 15:46 mins. | 29,740kb])
16:30-16:45Tea Break

Chair: Shireen Lateef, ADB, Mayra Buvinic , World Bank

  • Report from the working groups-action plans
    (Video [.wmv | 34:36 mins. | 65,127kb])
  • Discussion and development of common platform across countries
  • Feedback from participants on the workshop

Final concluding remarks from two chairs
(Video [.wmv | 11:41 mins. | 22,072kb])

17:30Meeting Adjourned

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