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Nepal: Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women Project

sector: Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Rural Development | country: Nepal

In view of the fact that the project is one of a limited number of direct gender interventions undertaken by ADB, and in view of the less than optimal history of the project, substantial and meaningful lessons could have been drawn from it. Instead, the lessons provided in the project completion report (PCR) are general, and lacking in depth. This validation notes more appropriate lessons could have included, such as the following:

(i) A project’s scope must be within the implementation capacity of the executing and implementing agencies.

(ii) Geographic targeting of poor, isolated areas is crucial in reaching communities that are most in need of development support, but it may undermine project implementation and viability.

(iii) Project success depends, to a large extent, on continuous support and attention by ADB – as shown by the long delays and lack of progress when the project was managed from headquarters – in contrast to the quick successful completion after its delegation to the Nepal Resident Mission (NRM).

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