Project Title

Symposium to Develop Gender Sensitivity Training and Guide - To Enhance Gender Mainstreaming and Women's Empowerment in Fighting Corruption 

Project Year

2020   

Project Number

ACT 01 2020 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Completed Project   
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Project No.

ACT 01 2020 

Project Title

Symposium to Develop Gender Sensitivity Training and Guide - To Enhance Gender Mainstreaming and Women's Empowerment in Fighting Corruption 

Project Status

Completed Project 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

General Project Account 

Sub-fund

None 

Project Year

2020 

Project Session

Session 1 

APEC Funding

35,500 

Co-funding Amount

9,500 

Total Project Value

45,000 

Sponsoring Forum

Anti-Corruption and Transparency Experts Working Group (ACTWG) 

Topics

Anti-Corruption 

Committee

SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

New Zealand 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Canada; Chile; Hong Kong, China; Malaysia; Singapore; Chinese Taipei 

Expected Start Date

01/08/2020 

Expected Completion Date

31/08/2021 

Project Proponent Name 1

Katja Rangsivek 

Job Title 1

Prevention Adviser, APEC Adviser 

Organization 1

Serious Fraud Office, New Zealand 

Postal Address 1

Not Applicable 

Telephone 1

(64-27) 7045073 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

Katja.Rangsivek@sfo.govt.nz 

Project Proponent Name 2

Christine Meads 

Job Title 2

APEC Adviser 

Organization 2

Serious Fraud Office, New Zealand 

Postal Address 2

Not Applicable 

Telephone 2

Not Applicable 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

Christine.Meads@sfo.govt.nz 

Declaration

Christine Meads and Katja Rangsivek 

Project Summary

Corruption affects everybody, however, women (and disadvantaged women in particular) are among the most affected. Hence, there is a need for APEC to explore ways to mainstream women’s role in the fight against corruption.

To address this matter, in February 2020 during SOM1 Malaysia hosted a “Symposium on Gender Mainstreaming and Women Empowerment to Fight Corruption” with the objective of strengthening women’s engagement through gender mainstreaming in economic, political and social spheres. The project identified linkages between gender and corruption, how different genders experience corruption and how this knowledge can be used to fight corruption. A set of recommendations for APEC economies were developed to be endorsed by ACTWG during 2020. Some of these will involve economies developing procedures and processes for the empowerment of women in the fight against corruption. One of the recommendations highlighted the difficulties some women experience in reporting corruption or having the confidence to do so.

A follow-up virtual symposium is proposed to be held post the 31st ACTWG Meeting in March/April 2021. APEC economies, non-APEC economies, international organizations and other experts will be invited to share and develop practical lessons and guidance around gender sensitivity training for anti-corruption officials. It is proposed that a training package will be developed, together with a best practice guideline document that will become an APEC publication. In part, this will be based on the recommendations made at the previous Symposium and from new research during 2020. This will ensure that the valuable work in this area is enduring and not a one-off exercise.

Relevance

Relevance – Region: The project seeks to address the inequalities faced by women regarding corruption across different economies, as all are impacted by corruption to differing degrees. This will be done through empowering women who are victims of corruption by creating “gender-friendly” environments within anti-corruption agencies through a training package and best practice guidance, allowing more women to speak up about corruption. Across many economies, these agencies are dominated by males or have environments that are not conducive to women being comfortable to make corruption complaints. 

In Chile, 2004, the APEC Leaders acknowledged that corruption is a serious threat to sustainable economic growth, good governance, market integrity and enhanced trade and investment. Research presented at the “Symposium on Gender Mainstreaming and Women Empowerment to Fight Corruption” held in SOM1 (ACT 01 2019) showed that less than half of APEC economies reported having a gender mainstreaming perspective in any anti-corruption law/policies/initiatives. Women are impacted by corruption across economies in the following ways: creating barriers to accessing public services and resources. As women are primary users of basic amenities, they pay disproportionately for corruption; bribes are a greater proportion of women’s income; statistically women have lower literacy levels, often resulting in a relative lack of knowledge of rights and entitlements (including how to interact with an anti-corruption agency), leaving them more vulnerable to extortion and corruption. Corruption can take the form of sexual extortion so corruption’s impact on women may be greater than men’s when the bribe is in the form of sexual exploitation. Women may also face indirect impacts of corruption when funding is corruptly diverted from social investment such as enhancing health care services, for example, into less necessary projects or the pockets of corrupt actors. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) research shows that corruption disproportionately affects women in business and reduces access to markets for women[1]. Therefore, creating environments in which women can confidently report corruption will help fight corruption generally and reduce its impact on women in particular and on economies in general. Only 25% of APEC economies reported developing anti-corruption policies or initiatives based on gender analysis, in an ACTWG gender stocktaking survey. 

Research shows that an increase in female public officials is usually accompanied by fairer systems, better accountability and more transparent governance systems. A byproduct of having improved gender sensitivity training and guidance will likely be to encourage more women into roles in law enforcement, as they will operate in an environment that better meets their needs. 

In this context, gender sensitivity training and a practical guide based on the shared experiences of APEC economies, private sector experts and international organizations will help to improve gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment to fight corruption in the Asia Pacific region. 

Relevance – Eligibility and Fund Priorities: A virtual symposium developing a training package and a guide is aligned with the funding priorities of GPA:

a. Women, SMEs and Inclusive Growth: As corruption breeds injustice it is a barrier to the positive development of economic and public affairs. By reducing corruption affecting women, the increase in women’s participation in economic activities will serve as catalyst to promote economic growth. Women’s economic empowerment: boosts productivity, increases economic diversification and income equality, in addition to other positive development outcomes.

b. Driving innovation for sustainable growth: Corruption represents a major obstacle to reaching sustainable development goals as it hampers economic growth, including innovation and increases poverty. This deprives women of equitable access to vital services such as healthcare, education, water and sanitation.

Relevance – Capacity Building: The project aims to provide capacity building to APEC economies, by providing gender sensitivity training, strategies and a published guide to enable anti-corruption agencies to be better placed to improve the reporting of gender-based corruption and empower women in fighting corruption. In addition, by developing further knowledge of the relationship between gender and corruption, it will benefit APEC members to recognize the different impacts that corruption has on men and women and society at large.

The project will contribute to APEC’s goals and objectives for capacity building namely: (a) to attain sustainable growth and equitable development in the Asia-Pacific region – by addressing the empowerment of women to participate in economic activities; and (b) to improve the people’s economic and social well-being – by emphasizing the importance of gender-responsiveness in anti-corruption frameworks - to ensure an improvement in the economic and corruption impacts on women.

Objectives

The project aims to improve gender empowerment in the fight against corruption by creating ‘gender friendly’ environments within anti-corruption agencies to enable women with those agencies to take on leadership roles and for women affected by corruption to feel more confident in speaking up.

Alignment

Alignment - APEC:  This project aligns with the La Serena Roadmap for Women and Inclusive Growth (2019-2030), including empowering women through access to markets, strengthening women’s labour force participation, advancing women’s economic empowerment, supporting women’s education skills development and access to work. The project aligns with APEC’s commitment to promoting women’s economic empowerment through five pillars. Specifically this project aligns with: ‘Leadership, voice and agency’ (women are valued as contributors, professionals  and leaders in the public sector) and ‘Skills, capacity and health’ (women are prepared educationally and technically for success in the workforce).It is likely there will be an APEC 2021 priority for increasing women’s inclusion in APEC economies. Reducing the impact of corruption on women and improved opportunities for women in anti-corruption law enforcement align with this goal. The virtual symposium post SOM1 2021 will create a gender sensitivity training package and a published guide for ACTWG members to use within their own anti-corruption agencies. 

Alignment – Forum: This project is in alignment with the ACTWG Multi-Year Strategic Plan 2019-2022, which states that ACTWG is to cooperate with APEC economies to increase its transparency, integrity and good governance. Developing practical guidance for corruption related gender issues will improve APEC economies’ transparency and good governance. It enables the ACTWG to help ensure that women are empowered to raise corruption issues with anti-corruption agencies and also participate in the design and implementation of corruption-related initiatives, policies and programmes. These should assist in improving the distribution of resources and access to services thereby reducing the incidence and negative impacts of corruption. These outcomes can also help frame the ACTWG future work plan and planning processes. 

TILF/ASF Justification

Not Applicable.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: 

a.  Research paper on Gender Mainstreaming Practice

i.   Research Paper (approximately 20 pages): Before the virtual Symposium, a contractor will be hired to undertake a review of existing research and materials in regard to gender mainstreaming relating to corruption. A questionnaire will be circulated to ACTWG members to understand existing practices relating to gender mainstreaming training and guidance within corruption agencies. Consideration will be given to non-APEC sources of this material – e.g. presenters at the symposium hosted by Malaysia, International Anti-Corruption Coordination Centre (IACCC), non-APEC member corruption agencies. A research paper (together with the questionnaire results) will be produced to serve as an input to the virtual Symposium.

ii.  The research paper will fulfill two functions: firstly to establish a baseline for existing practices, and secondly to enable the project to identify any existing best practice which can be incorporated in the virtual symposium and training package/guidance

iii.  The research paper will published as an APEC publication. 

b.  Virtual Symposium (March / April 2021 – Consisting of four two-hour webinars)

i.  Four two-hour webinars will be produced with a combination of pre-recorded and live webinars and include virtual question and answer sessions.

ii.  Around 120-150 participants including: corruption agency officials from APEC economies and non-APEC economies; international organizations; relevant private sector representatives and experts in the field of gender issues and gender advancement, particularly relating to corruption.

iii.  The virtual symposium will build on and share the knowledge/findings of the research paper with participants. A cross-section of experts will present on the subject of gender mainstreaming and best practice approaches as they relate to corruption. This will provide the basis for developing the Gender Mainstreaming Training Package and Guide/Booklet.

iv. Virtual Symposium draft agenda - four two-hour webinars over a period of days including pre-recorded sessions and a virtual Question and Answer discussion.

a. Review summary of existing practice and research

b. Develop options for best practice

c.  Summary Report (not more than 10 pages) will be presented to ACTWG.

i.  Summary report will consist of information about the event, economies and agencies represented, content details, abstract and summary of presentations, economy reports, summary report and relevant academic materials presented/used.

ii. The Summary Report will be published as an APEC publication.

iii.  At the project completion consideration will be given to consolidating the Research Paper and the Summary Report into one Project Report publication. This will provide a benefit in having all information about the project in one publication. This would be published as an APEC publication. 

d. Gender Mainstreaming Training Package with Guide/Booklet (approximately 30-40 pages) To be published as an APEC publication.

i.  The training package with guide will consist of a range of best practice advice around empowering gender mainstreaming in corruption agencies. This will be based on the material derived from the Research Paper and Virtual Symposium. 

ii.  The target audience is outlined section 7. Dissemination below. While the product may not be considered relevant to economies without dedicated an anti-corruption agency, the content will be relevant to a range of agencies/departments within all economies with a role in preventing or enforcing corruption. They all will share the need to increase gender mainstreaming and to understand the impact of corruption on women. Additionally, NGOs and advocacy groups within all economies will benefit from a greater understanding and focus on the subject material.) 

iii.  A training guide publication will be produced based on the outcomes of the Virtual Symposium. The publication will be used as guidance and reference for the 21 APEC members economies and other stakeholders in designing or developing anti-corruption policy and programme that ultimately improve gender empowerment as well as reduce the impact corruption has on women. The training package and guide will be accessible to non-APEC members, NGOs and law enforcement agencies (an example being the IACCC which also has a focus on gender empowerment around corruption) to be used to assist gender empowerment. This project will benefit women by providing them the targeted technical skills and knowledge training, which would help them become the subject matter experts and empower them in their organisation. By acquiring these skills, women leadership in their corruption agencies and economies should increase. As their organisations become better at gender empowerment internally, they will become better able to support women to make complaints to address corruption, in particular through developing gender awareness initiatives. This virtual symposium also will lead to greater awareness regarding gendered impact of corruption to the participants. 

Outcomes:
 
Short term

1. A pre-symposium Research Paper distributed setting out existing research relating to gender and corruption and existing practices across APEC economies. This increases the knowledge and understanding of the participants including 21 APEC economies, non-APEC member economies, NGO and international organizations of the causal relationship between corruption and gender.

2. Participants enabled to recognize the impact and vulnerabilities of corruption in the gender perspective.

3. A symposium summary report will capture the virtual symposium presentations and discussions including practical lessons and guidance around gender sensitivity training that each economy can use to develop procedures for the empowerment of women in the fight against corruption, ahead of dissemination of the training package. 

Medium to long term

4. A training package, including best practice guidelines endorsed and distributed to APEC economies. Corruption agencies within APEC economies use the training package and guidance to change gender sensitivity training or procedures. 

Beneficiaries:

Direct: The most direct beneficiaries of the project will be the 21 APEC member economies, and others who access the project deliverables. These include ACTWG members, PPWE members, government officials (Ministry for Women, Ministry of Justice) prosecutors, policy makers, NGOs, international organizations (UNODC, United Nations Development Programme,  World Bank, IACCC), private sector organizations and anti-corruption enforcement agencies.  They will benefit in an immediate way from the knowledge and experience shared in the pre-symposium report, the virtual symposium and from the training package/guide.

·   This knowledge and publications can be used to improve gender sensitivity training, develop policy initiatives in relation to corruption and improve the ability of women to engage with law enforcement or policy agencies on gender corruption issues.

·   The knowledge and publications will increase the shared interaction and knowledge around gender issues as they relate to corruption across APEC economies, APEC PPWE, and women’s rights organizations. This will enable future projects on gender issues to be better informed.

Long-Term/Indirect: The long-term or indirect beneficiaries will include the organizations mentioned above, as they evolve their gender related policies or initiatives based on the project deliverables. Over time this will result in increased equal gender representation in leadership roles, policy discussions and initiatives. This will result in more equal and fairer organizations better able to address and incorporate gender action relating to corruption. The second group of longer-term beneficiaries will be women disadvantaged by corruption who are currently unable to take effective action or know what their options are. Having organizations (but in particular, anti-corruption agencies) better empowered to address gender issues will enable those women to engage with the organizations (through appropriate initiatives and programmes that will be covered in the project deliverables) and address how corruption impacts their lives. Overall, it is anticipated that women’s participation in political, economy and social spheres will be further enhanced.

To enable these benefits, the training package and best practice guidance will be available on the APEC website, so wider groups within APEC, and externally, will be able to view and use the training. Consideration will be given to a short video presentation to be published on the APEC YouTube channel.

Dissemination

1. Research paper on Gender Mainstreaming Practice – will be available on the MDDB and the ACTWG website. Provisionally this may be an APEC publication. Copy will be distributed electronically to symposium participants before the event.

2. Virtual Symposium Summary Report - This report will be circulated for endorsement by ACTWG. The report will be available on the MDDB and the ACTWG website. It will be published as an APEC publication. At the project completion consideration will be given to consolidating the Research Paper and the Summary Report into one Project Report publication. This will provide a benefit in having all information about the project in one publication. This would be published as an APEC publication.

3. The gender mainstreaming training package and guide will be published (once endorsed by ACTWG). The publication will also be presented at the ACT NET SOM3 2021 meeting. The training package and guide will be available on the MDDB and the ACTWG website. It will be published electronically on the APEC website so that it is accessible to non-member economies and other stakeholders. 

The target audience: Twenty one APEC member economies’ anti-corruption agencies, APEC PPWE, NGOs, women rights organizations, policy makers, international organizations, academia, researchers, private sector organisations, civil society etc. 

The publications will made available to symposium participants by email. It can also be placed on relevant website by agreement (such as Ministry, NGO and academic websites). The communication plan would be likely to include articles in media or industry-type publications which can reference the training package. 

An external communication plan will be developed, which will include:

1. Briefing the media about key components of the project: media representatives will be invited to attend the virtual symposium and any arranged media conferences.

2. Promotion or other dissemination of the final project deliverables; the report will be uploaded to MDDB and the APEC website. 

There is no intention to sell any output resulting from this project.

Gender

The project aligns with APEC’s commitment to promoting women’s economic empowerment through five pillars. Specifically this project aligns with: ‘Leadership, voice and agency’ (women are valued as contributors, professionals  and leaders in the public sector) and ‘Skills, capacity and health’ (women are prepared educationally and technically for success in the workforce). Women are critical to the achievement of sustainable economic development in the APEC region and this is especially true in the area of corruption. Research presented at the 2020 SOM1 Malaysia symposium clearly demonstrated that women in corruption agencies were disadvantaged and that women faced barriers to being able to take action about corruption. For example – only two thirds of APEC economies reported having officers trained on gender sensitivity, only 47% have an in-house gender expert and only 29% conduct gender-balanced awareness raising campaigns. Since the virtual symposium aims to provide capacity building on gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment to the participants, the participation of women in the virtual symposium is important to measure the success of the symposium. It is intended to strengthen skills, capacity building and leadership of women in their respective agencies and economies. To ensure the creation of a conducive environment and the equal representation of women, the following steps will be taken during the virtual symposium planning and implementation stages:

·  The call for nominations from economies will place due consideration in ensuring that there are no gender biases in selection of participants from economies and that there are sufficient numbers of women nominated for the event (a target of at least 40%).

·  In addition, specific effort will be placed on identifying and inviting female subject matter experts in the field, who will be sought to share their expertise at the workshop and can be given preferred opportunity to present at the workshop.

·  Overall, the symposium will invite at least 50% of female speakers.

·  When hiring a contractor, female gender applicants will be considered favorably, subject to complying with any relevant human rights legislation.

·  Other organizing team members will be at least 50% female

·  The PO will consult with PPWE on the planning for the project

·  The New Zealand Ministry for Women will be asked to participate in the planning for the project.

·  Gender information will be collected during the workshop participant nomination process, and the nomination of female participants will be strongly encouraged.

·  This project will seek cross fora collaboration with APEC PPWE in order to provide more insightful content and involve cross-cutting issues to the symposium.

In addition, the project proponents will ensure that the evaluation forms to be distributed at the end of the workshop will include information on gender for disaggregating of data for project assessment. Sex disaggregated data will be included in the project completion report to inform the project.

Work Plan


Time

Tasks

Deliverables

July-August 2020

APEC approval process (Project Proposal)

PP approved

August 2020

Draft Terms of Reference for contractor hiring process.

Terms of reference for hiring a contractor

August-September 2020

Engage in contracting process with the Secretariat

August-October 2020

Undertake contract hiring

Recruit contractor

October 2020

Engage contractor

Contract signed

October 2020 – January 2021

Undertake research with APEC economies, NGOs etc.

Circulate Questionnaire to ACTWG members and other relevant targets (November 2020)

Questionnaire

By 1 October 2020

Submit APEC Project Monitoring Report

APEC Project Monitoring Report

December 2020-January 2021

Collate and analyse research and questionnaire results. Drafting of research paper.

Draft Research Paper

November 2020

First draft agenda

Draft agenda and list of speakers

December 2020

Preparation and coordination with APEC secretariat in relation to the administrative circular for the event

Administrative Circular

December - January 2021

Finalise agenda

Agenda

February  2021

Send invitations to participants

Invitations and information pack

February 2021

Send Research Paper to participants

Research Paper

March-April  2021

Host virtual symposium in New Zealand post SOM1

Virtual Symposium

March-April 2021

Evaluation form circulated at the end of the virtual symposium to obtain feedback from participants. Complete symposium summary report to provide to ACTWG Circulation of the Summary Report for comments and endorsement of the ACTWG

Symposium summary report

By 1 April 2021

Submit APEC Project Monitoring Report

APEC Project Monitoring Report

May 2021

Initial draft of Gender Training package and guidance. Circulate to ACTWG members for consultation as required.

Training package and guidance

June 2021

Finalise draft of Gender training package guidance and circulation to ACTWG for comments

Training package and guidance

1 July 2021

APEC Secretariat revision of the Package and circulation for endorsement

 Submission of the Training Package and the Summary Report

August 2021

Present update of the Project implementation and final output to ACTWG and ACTNET (SOM3)

Training package and guidance

31 October 2021

Submit APEC Project Completion Report

APEC Project Completion Report

June 2022

Participation in Long-Term Evaluation of APEC Projects

Risks

No.

Risk

Risk Management

1.      

Covid-19 travel restrictions

Travel restrictions mean that all New Zealand hosted events in 2021 will take place virtually.   

2.      

Technology issues

Virtually hosting this symposium brings the possibility of connectivity technology issues.  A support platform is being designed by the New Zealand APEC team to mitigate this. 

3.      

Availability of relevant

speakers/ experts

Early engagement (8 to 12 weeks before the symposium) within APEC region and international organizations (OECD, UNDP, World Bank, UNODC) will be carried out as soon as final approval is obtained. Conducting the symposium virtually together with some pre-recorded content will ease issues around availability of speakers.

4.      

The risk of low response rate for the Questionnaire research of existing practices

Early engagement will be carried out among ACTWG members. The targeted response rate is 50%. Since the project has 11 co-sponsors which is 52% of the respondents, the PO will encourage them to contribute on the questionnaire.

5.      

Attendance at virtual symposium

The hosting economy will develop agenda together with other APEC economies and also international organizations in order to have an interesting and substantial agenda to attract targeted attendance. In addition to that, engagement with cross fora, for instance PPWE will be carried out at the earliest to ensure sufficient attention obtained from them.  To allow for time zone constraints some of the webinars will be recorded to able to be viewed later at a more convenient local time. 

6.      

Identifying participants/experts/quality speakers

This will be managed by reaching out to speakers early and actively engaging international organisations (OECD, United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), Organisation of American States (OAS), UNDP, World Bank) to secure experts’ participation; and by implementing nomination and screening process with pre-set criteria to ensure the participation of targeted officials with the right training needs, skills, and experience.

7.      

Generating enough interest and participation in the workshop

Virtually hosting a symposium after SOM 1 addressed to APEC participants poses a risk in having consideration of the conflicts on attendees time. Therefore, an interesting and focused agenda, good speakers and timely information should be ways of mitigating this risk. To ensure the sufficient interest and participation in this virtual symposium, we will engage APEC members (and other related fora) actively and continuously throughout the different stages of the planning process.

8.      

Low participation of women in the project

The host economy will require at least one woman to participate from each of the APEC economies to make up at least 50% of female participation rate. In addition to that, the virtual symposium will invite at least 50% of female speakers and at least five good practices shared or policy recommendations delivered in the symposium.

9.      

The risk of low applicability of Publication (best practices and policy recommendations) by APEC economies

A publication of policy recommendations is created based on the pre virtual symposium stock taking questionnaire and discussion during the virtual symposium where the opinion and comment of participants will be considered.

10.   

Economies not applying knowledge learned or adopting recommendations from the project

Other than ensuring the participants with the right skills and background to attend the virtual symposium, we will store all of the webinars and data, training materials, methodology documents, and project report online at the APEC MDDB. It will allow all APEC economies to have easy access to data, materials, and be able to share and disseminate the material with their relevant home economy parties. Online storage at the APEC MDDB and APEC publication database will allow all audiences to have equal and free access to the resources produced by the project for future use. We will also list all our core experts and their contact information, so participants could reach out to them directly to solicit advice, and future opportunities for collaboration and technical assistance. 

As noted above the project deliverables will be disseminated beyond APEC members to enable the knowledge to be applied more widely. The publications will made available to symposium participants by email. It can also be placed on relevant website by agreement (such as Ministry, NGO and academic websites). The communication plan would be likely to include articles in media or industry-type publications which can reference the training package. 

11.   

Low participation from the private sector

Since it is not possible to assure the participation from the private sector, strong efforts will be made to socialize the information about the workshop with the NZ Ministry for Women, ABAC, business associations and SMEs associations, for them to participate in the virtual symposium, and also to provide speakers. Women participants will be especially welcomed.

Monitoring and Evaluation

The project will have the following quantitative targets:

- 75% response rate to the pre-symposium questionnaire
- 40% attendance by female participants
- 120 participants
- 75% of APEC economies in attendance (15-16 economies)

At least one female participant from each APEC funded economy

At least one female participant from other APEC economies

- 50 participants from law enforcement or anti-corruption agencies

- 30 participants from the private sector

- 20 experts in gender empowerment participate (e.g. academics, NGOs etc)

The project will have the following qualitative targets:

- Over 50% of participants found the virtual symposium beneficial and enhanced their knowledge

- At least five best practice ideas were shared for including in the training and guidance. 

Project monitoring and assessment to meet these targets will be carried out throughout the virtual symposium, including the registration phase. An evaluation form (survey) will be circulated at the end of the virtual symposium to provide feedback from participants, and allow the POs to measure the target achievement. The results will be analyzed and presented in the Summary Report.

. This will be included in the Summary Report to ACTWG.

A monitoring report will be produced to measure the project progress to the Program Director at regular intervals by email – in line with APEC requirements.

Linkages

This virtual symposium builds on the Gender Mainstreaming Symposium held by Malaysia on the side of SOM1 2020. That symposium focused on raising awareness of the issues around gender mainstreaming in fighting corruption. The proposed virtual symposium will take a next step in developing specific training and guidance to advance gender mainstreaming within APEC economies. This will help ensure that the work in this area is enduring and able to be used by agencies outside APEC. Additionally, this virtual symposium is relevant for the APEC PPWE as that group works to address the five pillars impacting women’s economic empowerment – in this case specifically women’s leadership and agency and skills and capacity building. The New Zealand Chair of PPWE will be consulted on this project. . International organizations (United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) , United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) among others) will be invited to contribute to the project. APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) representatives will also be invited. A representative from the International Anti-Corruption Coordination Centre (IACCC) will be invited.  Anti-corruption agencies from APEC economies and non-member economies will be invited to share their experience in enhancing women’s roles in fighting corruption, especially regarding gender sensitivity training and guidance.

Sustainability

The participants can apply the knowledge, skills, and expertise acquired through the workshop to their organisations. The focus of this project is to develop a gender sensitivity training package, an enduring resource which will be an APEC Digital Publication that allows free, equal access. Participants (and in fact non-participants) will be able to use the package as a resource within their own organisation to embed the learnings. Participants will be encouraged to reach out to experts with questions or potential collaboration opportunities on policy discussion, research, or capacity building.

The participants can serve as the subject matter experts in their organizations and share their knowledge with their colleagues and staff; and they can access webinars, relevant papers and presentations online, revisit the virtual symposium materials, and continue to build on their expertise acquired at the virtual symposium. And through the virtual symposium, they can develop contacts and build a network with colleagues and experts from other economies and various international organizations for future knowledge sharing and collaboration. After the virtual symposium, the participant list and their contact information will be shared with the participants of the workshop to enable this networking and knowledge sharing (subject to providing consent).

Considering that the project overseers are active participants at the ACTWG meetings, and are the focal point at the ACT NET, they will incentivize the APEC economies to address the project’s topic in the future group meetings, since bribery investigations as well as corporate liability have been included in the working group’s strategic plan.

Without preempting decisions made by future Chairs, given the La Serena Roadmap for Women and Inclusive Growth (2019-2030) it is expected that gender mainstreaming will continue to be a focus for ACTWG with other future projects that will build on this project (and those undertaken by Chile and Malaysia).

Project Overseers

Graham Gill
Serious Fraud Office
New Zealand

Kathryn Mentor
Serious Fraud Office
New Zealand
Email: Kathryn.mentor@sfo.govt.nz
Tel: (64-27) 5242558

The PO is a Tier 2 leader at the New Zealand agency responsible for serious financial crime and corruption prevention, investigation and prosecution. He has experience in overseeing and delivering projects, including an ICT systems transformation project and a recent restructuring of the agency. This includes preparing business cases, project delivery, reporting and governance.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

·  A contractor will be hired to start work in October 2020.

·  The contractor will continue through to June 2021 undertaking work on a part-time basis, supported as needed by a self-funded APEC support role. This work will be desk-based in Auckland, New Zealand.

·  The contract will state that all written outputs and reports will be presented in a level of English fit for publication without further editing.

·  The contractor will conduct research with APEC economies, NGOs etc as to existing gender mainstreaming research and existing practices. This will involve questionnaires.

·  The contractor will collate and analyse research and questionnaire results. A Research Paper  report will be prepared for the virtual symposium.

·  During the virtual symposium, the contractor will help with collating the symposium discussions and findings, taking notes to help prepare the Summary Report.

·  The contractor will assist writing the Summary Report for presenting to ACTWG.

·  The contractor will complete an initial draft and then a final draft of the Gender Mainstreaming training package for endorsement by ACTWG.

Budget Note 2: Contractor Additional Notes

·  The consultant’s fee will include all the activities previously described, and others that may be needed during the project.

·  The contractor payment will be based on milestones to be agreed. The final month’s payment can be held pending the delivery of the training package and guidance.

·  The contractor will be based in New Zealand.

·  Travel expenses payments should be reimbursed to the contractor by APEC. Details of reimbursement procedures should be included in the contract.

Waivers

Not Applicable.

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Declaration

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Work Plan

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Monitoring Report Received

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