Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date 11 Dec 2006
PDS Updated as of 21 Oct 2013

Project Name Northern Community Managed Irrigation
Country Lao People's Democratic Republic
Project/Program Number 34188-013
Status Approved
Geographical Location Provinces of Huaphanh, Luang Prabang, Vientiane, Xayabury and Xiengkhuang in Lao Peoples Democratic Republic.
In preparing any country program or strategy, financing any project, or by making any designation of, or reference to, a particular territory or geographic area in this document, the Asian Development Bank does not intend to make any judgments as to the legal or other status of any territory or area.
Sector Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
Subsector Irrigation, Drainage, and Flood Protection
Strategic Agendas
Drivers of Change
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Categories


Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)
Loan2086Asian Development Fund10,000
Counterpart 2,900
TOTAL US$ 12,900

Safeguard Categories

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Environment B

Summary of Environmental and Social Issues

Resettlement plans had been carried out in accordance with ADB s Policy on Involuntary Resettlement and Indigenous Peoples. Proper consultation and disclosure had been accomplished. The affected communities confirmed their satisfaction in all project villages. The Project has complied with the prescribed environmental assessment and review procedure prescribed in the environment monitoring plans during implementation. The Project has involved District Lao Women's Union as an external monitor to ensure resettlement issues are handled fairly by the Project.

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

During Project Design
During Project Implementation


The Project aims to reduce rural poverty in 11 districts of the northern region through sustained growth of agricultural production by developing community managed irrigation schemes with strong community ownership.The Project will provide services and activities of the following four project components in an integrated manner to each subproject: (i) community mobilization, (ii) institutional capacity building for better participatory planning facilitation and technical management, (iii) rehabilitation and upgrading of community managed irrigation schemes, and (iv) agricultural extension and resource use planning.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

In the northern region, mountainous terrain and poor state of infrastructure had slowed integration of the area into overall economic development. The poverty incidence is high at 53% in the northern provinces, where many poor farmers live on subsistence farming, seasonal agricultural wage labor, and shifting cultivation. Although the Government declared the country's national rice self sufficiency in 2000, rice insufficiency at the household level persist in the northern region, where the irrigation sector development has an important mandate to improve the food security and affordability of poor households. The Government's Strategic Vision for the Agricultural Sector recognizes the lack of irrigation facilities as a fundamental constraint to agricultural development, and its poverty reduction strategy aims to assure food security of poor farmers and enable them to diversify their cropping systems. The use of productive land in the northern region has not been optimized, and there exist a substantial opportunity for efficiency improvement of water resources yet to be exploited. Over the past decade ADB has supported the implementation of the Government's core sector strategy to develop community managed schemes and promote irrigation management transfer through the ongoing Community Managed Irrigation Sector Project (CMIS). The development impacts of CMIS have demonstrated the effectiveness of rehabilitation of small scale irrigation systems in improving food security and rural livelihood by strengthening the self help capacity of rural communities in the mountainous rural areas. The Project is positioned to further assist the Government's efforts in addressing household food insecurity and enabling crop diversification by replicating in the northern provinces the successful community managed irrigation development models tested by CMIS. In order to further strengthen the effectiveness and sustainability of irrigation facilities over the long run, the approach to community managed irrigation development needs to further strengthen community institutional development and assistance capacity of local government agencies, sharpen participatory dimensions in the planning, constructing, and maintaining irrigation facilities, and integrate irrigation investments with complementary agricultural development assistance.

Development Impact

Reduce rural poverty in 11 districts of the northern Lao People's Democratic Republic through increase agricultural production

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Improved agricultural production and wage-earning opportunities generated in the project area
Progress Towards Outcome

Outputs and Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
Establishment of viable community organizations with strong ownership and participation of all villagers Establishment of viable community organizations with strong ownership and participationof all villagers
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Status of Development Objectives
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing 2006 Dec 11
Consulting Services
The Project will provide 57 person months of international and 230 person months of domestic consulting services for project management and a number of technical inputs. The consultants will be selected and engaged in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants and other arrangements satisfactory to ADB for engaging domestic consultants.
Goods and related services valued at more than $500,000 equivalent will be procured through international competitive bidding (ICB), and those valued at $500,000 or less through international shopping (IS) in accordance with ADB's Guidelines for Procurement. Off the shelf items including vehicles, equipment, and materials valued at less than $100,000 may be procured through direct purchase (DP). Civil works contracts estimated to cost more than $1 million will be procured by international competitive bidding ICB, and contracts costing $1 million or less through local competitive bidding (LBC).
Procurement and Consulting Notices


Concept Clearance
Fact-finding 18 Jun 2003 to 04 Jul 2003
Management Review Meeting 08 Sep 2003
Approval 05 Jul 2004
Last Review Mission


Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual
Loan 2086 05 Jul 2004 10 Aug 2004 14 Oct 2004 30 Apr 2011 23 Feb 2011


Date Approval Number ADB (US$ thousand) Others (US$ thousand) Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
22 Sep 2014 Loan 2086 10,017 0 97.00%
Cumulative Disbursements
22 Sep 2014 Loan 2086 10,342 0 100.00%

Status of Covenants

Covenants are categorized under the following categories—audited accounts, safeguards, social, sector, financial, economic, and others. Covenant compliance is rated by category by applying the following criteria: (i) Satisfactory—all covenants in the category are being complied with, with a maximum of one exception allowed, (ii) Partly Satisfactory—a maximum of two covenants in the category are not being complied with, (iii) Unsatisfactory—three or more covenants in the category are not being complied with. As per the 2011 Public Communications Policy, covenant compliance ratings for Project Financial Statements apply only to projects whose invitation for negotiation falls after 2 April 2012.

Approval No. Category
Sector Social Financial Economic Others Safeguards Project Financial Statements
Loan 2086 Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer Sisavanh Phanouvong (
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Lao Resident Mission
Executing Agencies Department of Irrigation
*Mr. Phaythoune Phomvixay


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