Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date
PDS Updated as of 20 Jul 2014

Project Name Strengthening Governance and Improving Local Government Capacity for Results-Based Service Delivery
Country Uzbekistan
Project/Program Number 46388-001
Status Approved
Geographical Location
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 Public sector management
Subsector Public administration
Strategic Agendas
Drivers of Change
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Categories

Financing

Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)
Technical Assistance8248Technical Assistance Special Fund680
Counterpart 70
TOTAL US$ 750

Summary of Environmental and Social Issues

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

During Project Design
Various stakeholders were consulted during project design, including community groups.
During Project Implementation
Two review missions was fielded from 17 to 23 December 2013 and 29 April to 13 May 2014. The missions met the State Academy of State and Public Management, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Uzbekistan, The Treasury, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Economy, State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan for Land Resources, Geodesy, Cartography and State Cadastre National Centre of Geodesy and Cartography, State Committee for Communication, Information and Telecommunication Technologies, e-Government Center, Information Security Center, Uzinfocom Center, and Institute of Forecasting and Macroeconomic Research under the Cabinet of Ministers.

Description

The Government of Uzbekistan is committed to reducing the disparities in living standards between those in rural and urban areas. The Rurual Development Program and the Rural Housing Scheme are the key strategies to achieve this objective. An important element of these strategies is improving the capacity of local governments to deliver public services more effectively including encouraging investment in rural areas and greater rural business development. To help achieve this, the Government sought the assistance of the ADB to provide technical assistance to improve the capacity of local governments.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Welfare Improvement Strategy for 2012-2015 outlines the Government of Uzbekistan's vision for national development and its program for achieving more inclusive economic growth. The Rural Development Program (RDP) and the Rural Housing Scheme (RHS) are critical pillars of the strategy, which focuses on reducing urban-rural disparity by improving rural living standards and increasing rural income and job opportunities. The government has requested the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to provide technical assistance (TA) to improve the capacity of local governments to deliver these programs effectively.

Development Impact

Improved service delivery by local governments

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Improved results-based planning capacity for local governments in Uzbekistan
Progress Towards Outcome
ongoing

Outputs and Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
Local government results-based planning, monitoring and reporting framework developed Local government capacity building program developed A shared government information portal to improve access to information and more efficient allocation and use of government resources developed
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
The TA was approved on 12 December 2012 and became effective on 13 January 2013. Implementation has been slow with no contract awarded or disbursements made under the TA projects as changes in scope and additional cofinancing from the Republic of Korea E-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund (EAKPF) have been under discussion with the the Government of Uzbekistan. Minor changes in scope and implementation arrangements in the two TA projects were discussed and agreed with the government by two review missions (December 2013, and April-May 2014). The Government of Korea under EAKPF has approved cofinancing $300,000 for TA- 8248 which will be added to the TA. Recruitment of the consulting firm for this TA is expected to commence in thrird quarter 2014, after finalization of the minor changes.
Status of Development Objectives
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing 2012 Dec 03
Consulting Services
A total of 138 person-months of international and national consulting services will be required to ensure that the technical assistance (TA) project is effectively managed and the intended outcome is achieved. The TA will require 22 person-months from five international consultant inputs, and 96 person-months of national consultant inputs. A consulting firm/institution will be engaged following the quality- and cost-based method (80:20) and simplified technical proposals by Asian Development Bank (ADB) in accordance with its Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time). In the case of difficulties in finding a qualified firm, individual selection will apply for consulting services. The firm/consultant inputs will be on an intermittent basis, responding to the government requirements and progress made during implementation. The TA initially was to be implemented over 36 months commencing on 1 January 2013 and terminating on 31 December 2015. However the closing date is proposed to be extended to 31 Dec 2016.
Procurement
Types of equipment to be procured include computer hardware such as computers, peripherals, servers, and related goods. Upon completion of the TA, this equipment will become the property of the executing agency. Procurement will follow ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2010, as amended from time to time).
Procurement and Consulting Notices
http://www.adb.org/projects/46388-001/business-opportunities

Timetable

Concept Clearance 08 Oct 2012
Fact-finding
Management Review Meeting
Approval 10 Dec 2012
Last Review Mission

Milestones

Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual

Utilization

Date Approval Number ADB (US$ thousand) Others (US$ thousand) Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
Cumulative Disbursements

TA Amount (US$ thousand)

Approval Number Approved Amount Revised Amount Total Commitment Uncommitted Balance Total Disbursement Undisbursed Balance

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer Asadullah Sumbal (asumbal@adb.org)
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Public Management, Financial Sector and Trade Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies

Links

Project Website http://www.adb.org/projects/46388-001/main
List of Project Documents http://www.adb.org/projects/46388-001/documents