The Project is a merger of the existing Bank Projects (a) the Gender Advisory Services Programme (TCRS #296) and (b) the Inclusion Technical Assistance Framework (TCRS #1256) into one combined Framework. The Project will particularly support the Bank’s Strategy for the Promotion of Gender Equality (SPGE) 2016-2020 (BDS15-264) and the Economic Inclusion Strategy (EIS) 2017-2021 (BDS17-067).
The project includes new standardized ToRs combining the Gender and Inclusion activities that have been developed across three core thematic areas: (i) Skills and Employment; (ii) Access to Finance and Entrepreneurship; and (iii) Access to Services
The new TC Framework is expected to enable the following efficiencies: (i) the development of combined gender and inclusion TC assignments; (ii) the streamlining of procurement of consultancy services process where appropriate; (iii) better co-ordination in raising donor funds and reporting of impact.
Background: The Economic Inclusion Strategy (EIS) (2017-2021) defines and operationalises ‘inclusive’ transition as one of Bank’s six transition qualities. Based on the concept of inequality of opportunity, the EIS focuses on creating transition impact through projects and policy activities that enhance the economic inclusion of young people, women, people in less advanced regions, as well as other groups, such as older workforce cohorts or people with disabilities. The Strategy for the Promotion of Gender Equality (SPGE) (2016-2020) mainstreams gender considerations across three areas: (i) transition impact through inclusion, (ii) the ESP, and (iii) gender additionality. It therefore straddles both, the Bank’s ‘inclusive’ transition quality in relation to gender, as well as the way in which the Bank operates.
The main emphasis of the TC Framework will be to provide targeted technical assistance for projects that seek to achieve systemic inclusion impact, policy reform and gender additionality in relation to improving the economic opportunities of inclusion target groups.
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