ADB, UK aid for women, children

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Sep 24, 2014-

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will administer $3.5 million in grants from the UK government and ADB’s Gender and Development Cooperation Fund to expand Women and Children Service Centres (WCSCs) to 15 additional districts.

The centres in the first phase will be set up in Achham, Bajhang, Dolakha, Saptari, Siraha, Mahottari and Tanahun.

The WCSCs, piloted in five districts, demonstrated that focused interventions to reduce vulnerability of women and children can influence social behaviors and protection procedures in a positive way. “We are glad to see that the project is now rolled out to more districts of Nepal,” said ADB Country Director Kenichi Yokoyama. Reporting of cases of gender-based violence has since increased by more than 30 percent in those districts, indicating growing trust in the justice system.

To expand this successful project, the UK government is contributing $3.2 million in grants, while ADB’s Gender and Development Cooperation Fund is contributing

$300,000. Nepal government will contribute $380,000.

Published: 25-09-2014 09:18

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