Our projects in this area includes:
Strengthening the Transition of Vulnerable Communities
Affected by the Malolos-Clark Railway Project, ADB, 2020-2022
The Malolos–Clark Railway Project (MCRP) financed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will support the construction of two sections of the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) totaling 53.2 kilometres. The ADB and Department of Transportation (DOTr) recognize the potential of the Graduation Approach to assist Project Affected People relocated under this project to enable extreme and ultra-poor households to achieve key milestones towards sustainable livelihoods and socioeconomic resilience. The program will assist the Affected Households (AH) to develop livelihood programs based on their individual contexts and productive assets.
The NIRAS-led consortium will provide access to training, coaching, and other support services to enable AHs to “graduate” from extreme poverty. Best practices and lessons learned from employing this model will serve as a template to improve future policies governing resettlement.
Mindanao Irrigation Development Project, ADB, 2020-2021
The project will assist the Government of the Philippines to increase productivity and climate resilience of irrigated agriculture in Mindanao by (i) Strengthening irrigation planning, design, and management capacities; (ii) Developing efficient and climate resilient irrigation systems;
and (iii) Adopting climate resilient irrigated farming practices. The
NIRAS-led consortium provides expertise and resources for international experts in water resources, agriculture development, GIS/asset management, climate change and social development specialists.
Gender-responsive procurement (GRP) in the Asia Pacific:
Assessment and recommendations for supporting women-led
businesses, ADB and UN Women, 2020-2021
Gender-responsive procurement is emerging as a powerful means to bridge women’s businesses to markets, supporting their viability & growth, allows larger companies to put a gender-lens to their sourcing footprint, and ultimately allow international trade to become more gender-equal. The purpose of the regional bench-marking study is to assess existing and future opportunities for gender-responsive procurement in the Asia-Pacific, addressing both the public and private sectors.
The geographic scope is the Asia Pacific region with particular focus on select countries, including Indonesia, Thailand, Viet Nam, the Philippines. Among the project outputs, NIRAS developed an overview of GRP practices in the public and private sectors, value chain analysis of main sectors and companies where women’s involvement is high and where women’s businesses are concentrated, and provided recommendations through policies, tools and programmatic approaches based on global good practices.
Identification of a Job Creation Programme for ARMM, European
Commission Framework Contracts, 2016
The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARRM) in Southern Philippines has been plagued by recurring internal armed conflict and high poverty incidence of 55% (2012). Due to conflict, women and children are displaced and further marginalized as there are decreasing opportunities for work due to lack of access to jobs both at the formal and informal business enterprises.
The programme aims to deliver peace at a grass root level, in the form of more income earning opportunities and improved livelihoods for ex-combatants, their dependents and the Internally Displaced Populations (IDPs) that have been affected by years of conflict and neglect.
The NIRAS-led consortium identified the main target beneficiaries of the programme, optimum livelihood opportunities in the relevant sectors, the obstacles and barriers that restrict these potentials, and possible contributions for the EU to lift these obstacles.