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Nepal, being a signatory to various international conventions, is legally committed to gender equality and social inclusion. Three of the     Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are related with gender equality and social inclusion (GESI), SDG 1 (elimination of absolute poverty and reduction of poverty by half), SDG 5 (gender equality and empowerment of women and girls), and SDG 10 on reducing inequality (within and between countries) by 2030.
The Constitution of Nepal envisions Nepal as an inclusive state and guarantees the right to equality for all its citizens. Since the last few decades, the Government of Nepal (GoN) and the development partners have developed and implemented different policy frameworks to mainstream GESI. Sector-specific GESI policies and guidelines have also been adopted by different sectoral ministries of the GoN. 
In this regard, the training program on GESI has been designed to develop insights on power relations between different gender and social groups in Nepal and the application of GESI concepts and tools in the project cycle. Due to the current pandemic situation and the measures taken by the Government of Nepal in response to the outbreak of COVID-19, this program is being conducted online. 

Course Aim
The aim of this course is to enhance the GESI knowledge and skills of the participants. 

Objectives of the Course 
At the end of this training program, participants are expected to be able to:

  • understand gender, gender role and relations, practical needs, strategic interests, equity, equality, empowerment and social inclusion, and GESI theory of change; and 
  • analyze sector-specific GESI issues and entry points for resolution in relation to project's GESI action plan.

Course Contents 
The training course will be organized to deliver the following contents:

  • Gender equality and social inclusion concepts 
  • Framework for mainstreaming gender GESI
  • Achievements and challenges of ADB assisted projects in addressing GESI
  • ADB GESI requirements: policy and guideline application in projects 

Training Approach and Methodology
Adult learning principles will be used to facilitate the learning of the participants. Particularly, instruction techniques such as interactive lectures, exercises, plenary discussions will be used to enhance participants' learning. 

The program will be implemented for five working days with about 2 hours of the session every day

29 Bhadra - 02 Ashwin 2077 (14 - 18 September 2020)

Training Management Team
Mr. Shiva Hari Adhikari
Dr. Shyan Kirat Rai
Mr. Shashi Shekhar Acharya

Resource Persons 

Ms. Suman Subba, Senior Social Development Officer, ADB
Ms. Achala Dahal, GESI Specialist CDRC and Director of Studies NASC
Ms. Shuvechha Khadka, GESI Consultant, ADB/NRM




Ministry of Land Management, Agriculture and Cooperatives, Gandaki Province (3)

Jyoti Chhetri

Agriculture Economist

Dr. Prerana Sedai Bhattarai

Senior Veterinary Officer

Jaya Poudel

Section Officer


Manuja Baral

GESI Focal Person/CHRD

Department of Roads (6)

Manda Panta

Engineer/GESI Focal Person

Chetan Dahal

GESI Consultant

Suresh Poudel

Deputy Project Director

Rakesh Maharjan

Deputy Project Director

Shova Giree


Daisy Tamrakar


Food Safety and Agriculture Commercialization Program (1)

Mahendra Laxmi Sharma

GESI Consultant

Disaster Resilience of Schools Project (DRSP) (2)

Nirmala Mainali

GESI Focal Person

Gita Adhikari

Safe Guards & GESI Consultant

Rural Connectivity Improvement Project (6)

Roshan Budhathoki


Jeewan Guragain


Mohadatta Bhatta


Kushal Dev Ghimire


Keshab Raj Silwal

Social Safeguard Specialist

Makar Khadka

Social Development and Gender Specialist

Bagmati River Basin Improvement Project (1)

Pursottam Kadel

GESI Focal Person


Bidya Bhandari

GESI Focal Person

Anil Belbase

GESI Consultant

Bharat Acharya

GESI Consultant

Dilip Malla


Tanahu Hydropower Project (1)

Sachen Gautam

Communication specialist

AEPC (4)

Muhan Maskey

Policy & institutional strengthening expert (GESI focal)

Sunjita Pradhan

MIS Associate (Alternate GESI focal)

Shivahari Budathoki

GESI expert

Anushuya Joshi

Social expert

NEA (9)

Dibyashori Paudel


Deepa Subedi


Ranju Pandey


Pritha Khanal

GESI officer

Manoj Timsina

GESI officer

Shiva Ram Tamrakar


Sujan Prajapati


Manisha Shilpakar


Meeta Acharya

Environmentalist/ GESI Focal Person

Bahadur Singh Shah

Social Safeguard Expert


Roshan Subedi

GESI Consultant ( DSMC East)


Laxmi B.K.