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Strategic & Thematic evaluation on Gender Mainstreaming
Commissioning Unit: Bhutan
Evaluation Plan: 2008-2013
Evaluation Type: UNDAF
Completion Date: 12/2010
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Bhutan
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation: Introduce gender perspective throughout the project cycle, e.g. planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. The centrality of gender must be consciously acknowledged even during preparing AWP, quarterly reviews and reporting; and A thorough gender analysis must be employed at every stage of the planning cycle. Design M&E with qualitative indicators alongside sex-disaggregated data, e.g., participation of women, men, boys, and girls.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/04/18]

A gender checklist was used to analyse the annual work plans developed as a preliminary tool to ensure gender inclusive planning in the programmes developed. Moreover indicators for progress and targets will now be provided based on disaggregated data of the beneficiaries of the support. The objective being to consciously support gender inclusive interventions across the thematic areas.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Gender checklist for annual workplans used and this will be further developed to be made into a more practical and focused tool for programme planning
[Added: 2011/04/18]
UNDP 2011/03 Completed Checklist was revisited and revised to make it more practical
Dis-aggregated data to be provided by implementing partners as part of the physical reports
[Added: 2011/04/18] [Last Updated: 2013/03/27]
UNDP No due date No deadline established Partially achieved for some projects. Current reporting requirement doesn?t capture the collection of the sex disaggregated data so this has been challenging for project managers.
2. Recommendation: Formulate a Gender Strategy Plan for UNCT as part of UNDAF 2013-2017
Management Response: [Added: 2011/04/18]

This will be done once the Gender Specialist in the RC unit is recruited

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Recruitment of Gender Specialist.
[Added: 2011/04/18] [Last Updated: 2011/10/20]
UNCT 2011/10 Completed Gender Specialist recruited.
Development of gender strategy included in the TOR of the Gender Specialist
[Added: 2011/04/18] [Last Updated: 2013/03/27]
UNCT 2012/12 Completed The gender equality strategy runs through the One Programme and is reflected in the as a two-pronged approach: a) a gender outcome capturing institutional strengthening and capacity building of rights-holders (outcome three); b) gender equality mainstreamed in sustainable development (outcome one) with a focus on women?s economic empowerment, and governance (outcome four) with a focus on political participation.
3. Recommendation: Systematically provide sex-disaggregated data through documentations, periodic reports, M&E reports under UNDAF/cCPAP. Where formats and checklists exist, they must be rolled out/implemented; Existing data should be collected, collated and analyzed from a gender ?lens? and made available for use in policy and programme planning; In sectors where sex-disaggregated data are not available, a purposive exercise must be undertaken to collect the same. Coordination with the NSB should be considered; and Aside from women, men, boys and girls, data on homosexuals, transgendered persons, and MSM would be crucial for more effective HIV/AIDS interventions, gender-based violence and employment opportunities
Management Response: [Added: 2011/04/18]

A gender checklist was used to analyse the annual work plans developed as a preliminary tool to ensure gender inclusive planning in the programmes developed. Moreover indicators for progress and targets will now be provided based on disaggregated data of the beneficiaries of the support. The objective being to consciously support gender inclusive interventions across the thematic areas.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Gender checklist used for ensuring the gender lens in projects and programmes.
[Added: 2011/04/18]
UNDP 2011/03 Completed
Reporting by the implementing partners on disaggregated data through the quarterly standard progress reports
[Added: 2011/04/18] [Last Updated: 2013/03/27]
UNDP No due date No deadline established Partially achieved for some projects .Current reporting requirement doesn?t capture the collection of the sex disaggregated data so this has been challenging for project managers.
4. Recommendation: Strengthen the network of Gender Focal Points (GFPs) and the RGoB-UN Gender Task Force through continuing education on gender issues by information bulletins, Solution Exchange discussions and further training; and Institute a system of rewards and accountability by making gender mainstreaming work a key result area.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/04/18]

The National Commission for Women and Children has organized retreat for the GFPs to discuss on these issues and to strengthen their network. Further, the networks of GFPs were strengthened through involving them in all the workshops, meetings and other activities organized by the NCWC. Moreover, the network between the RGoB-UN Gender Taskforce and the GFPs were increased by the joint workshop on gender mainstreaming conducted by the short term TA to NCWC.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Discussion on the roles and functions of the GFPs
[Added: 2011/04/18]
UNDP 2011/03 Completed
Discussion on the progress, challenges of implementation of the NPAG
[Added: 2011/04/18]
UNDP 2011/03 Completed Presentation made by NCWC on the progress of the NPAG recommendations at the GFP Retreat in March 2011
Discussion on making gender action plans for each sectors and influencing the higher policy makers
[Added: 2011/04/18] [Last Updated: 2014/05/11]
UNDP, NCWC 2013/12 Completed Draft Gender Responsive Budgeting strategy has been endorsed by the Commission of the National Commission for Women and Children
5. Recommendation: Strengthen synergy of ongoing partnerships with multilaterals and bilateral in gender mainstreaming issues; and Create a forum for donors to share experiences and expertise and ensure that there is no duplication of interventions.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/04/18]

The TA from LOD has been working on the UN/RGOB checklist. The TA also organized gender mainstreaming workshop and provided on line training for the RGoB and UN focal Points. Further, there is always consultation among different donor agencies on any issues or projects related to gender equality and women?s empowerment in order to avoid duplication of the activities and projects.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Developing of RGoB-UN gender checklist
[Added: 2011/04/18]
UN Gender Task Force 2011/03 Completed
Consultation and meeting with UN and other Donor Agencies
[Added: 2011/04/18]
UN Gender Task Force 2011/03 Completed
6. Recommendation: Facilitate continued, parallel gender sensitization of UNDAF partners in RGoB and UN System alike; Sensitize the media to assist with public awareness on gender issues; support campaigns through TV ?spots? or ads on gender issues; and Ensure parallel sensitization of decision-makers at all levels, the general public and women at the grassroots.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/04/18]

Continued sensitization on gender issues especially violence against women at the grass root level through the community based support programme and also through the mass campaign conducted by the UNFPA good will Ambassador.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Mass campaign by the UNFPA goodwill ambassador on HIV/AIDS and DV in southern and eastern Bhutan
[Added: 2011/04/24] [Last Updated: 2011/11/18]
UNDP 2011/12 Completed UNFPA Good will Ambassador has carried out sensitization and advocacy
ToT for the Senior Police Officials on DV/GBV to address existing stereotypes
[Added: 2011/04/24]
UNFPA 2010/12 Completed
7. Recommendation: Support campaigns for policy and legal reform, e.g., Domestic Violence Bill; Sensitise policy makers for integration of gender into macro-economic policies, including trade policy. Support the process of educating the public on gender and law, women?s rights/human rights, gender equality and justice; Facilitate understanding of lawmakers and the judiciary on gender issues and the gender dimensions of the law; Provide the attorneys trainings on the gender dimensions of the law; and Share widely various existing studies and reports on women and gender issues in Bhutan by different agencies and individuals to inform policy reform and formulation.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/04/24]

Sensitization of Parliamentarians on Domestic Violence and related laws. Advocacy materials printed and disseminated. UNCTAD gender study methodology presented to relevant stakeholders. Training the Officials of RBP and the Royal Court of Justice (commissioned and non-commissioned officials) on women and child friendly judicial and police procedures.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Sensitization on the draft DV bill to the parliamentarians
[Added: 2011/04/24]
UNFPA 2011/12 Completed
CEDAW booklet printed and to be disseminated to relevant stakeholders
[Added: 2011/04/24] [Last Updated: 2011/08/22]
UNDP/UNICEF 2011/06 Completed Booklets printed.
Present findings of the UNCTAD study ?Who is benefitting from trade liberalization in Bhutan? A gender perspective?
[Added: 2011/04/24] [Last Updated: 2011/08/22]
UNDP/UNCTAD 2011/06 Completed
Dissemination of the concluding comments of CEDAW at the IWD 2011
[Added: 2011/04/24]
UNFPA 2011/03 Completed
Training of bench clerks and non commissioned police personnel on women and child friendly procedure
[Added: 2011/04/24]
UNDP 2010/12 Completed

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