Kyrgyz Republic: Community-Based Infrastructure Services Sector Project (Supplementary Grant)

Sovereign Project | 31197-032

Summary

The Community Based Infrastructure Services Sector Project (the initial Project) follows a sector lending approach and supports the main objective of the Government of Kyrgyz Republic (Government) of human development by providing: (i) improved community-based infrastructure services; and (ii) training programs to develop institutional capacity. The Project area covers four oblasts (provinces) - Chui, Jalal-Abad, Osh, and Batken. The Project was designed to provide basic infrastructure services in 730 villages and seven small towns to about 1.5 million persons, of whom approximately 70% were living below the poverty line.

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Project Name Community-Based Infrastructure Services Sector Project (Supplementary Grant)
Project Number 31197-032
Country Kyrgyz Republic
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0122-KGZ: Community-Based Infrastructure Services Sector Project (Supplementary Grant)
Asian Development Fund US$ 30.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector

Water and other urban infrastructure and services - Urban policy, institutional and capacity development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description

The Community Based Infrastructure Services Sector Project (the initial Project) follows a sector lending approach and supports the main objective of the Government of Kyrgyz Republic (Government) of human development by providing: (i) improved community-based infrastructure services; and (ii) training programs to develop institutional capacity. The Project area covers four oblasts (provinces) - Chui, Jalal-Abad, Osh, and Batken. The Project was designed to provide basic infrastructure services in 730 villages and seven small towns to about 1.5 million persons, of whom approximately 70% were living below the poverty line.

The proposed supplementary grant is required to meet the financing gap that has emerged due to significant increases in construction costs during the implementation period. As a result, the water supply systems in 118 subprojects were prioritized out of the originally planned 240 subproject. The proposed supplementary grant will implement the remaining 122 subprojects by providing much-needed water supply and sanitation services for the rural population as prioritized by the Government. Based on the lessons learned from the initial Project, proposed changes include: (i) simplification of the subproject selection criteria to ensure the selection of community-owned demand-driven and cost effective subprojects; (ii) improvement of technical design criteria for implementing simple, technically sound and cost effective subprojects; and (iii) improvement of implementation arrangements to achieve efficiency and quality during project implementation.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The main reasons for increase in construction cost are attributed to (i) an unexpected surge in the price of the following commodities steel, cement, pipes, and petroleum products. Consequently, the average per capita cost of construction of water supply infrastructure increased from $20 to $80, between the period of the initial Project design and contract awards; and (ii) climatic changes and droughts limited the use of springs and groundwater sources located close to villages and thus, the networks had to be connected to distant water sources. Consequently, the overall scale and cost of subprojects increased manifold.

Despite cash and in kind contributions solicited from many communities, total funding provided under the initial Project was inadequate to meet the original target. Unless additional funding is provided, many communities which had high expectations of benefiting from the Project will remain without safe water supply and sanitation.

The proposed project will implement the remaining 122 subprojects and address the critical water supply and sanitation problems of about 300,000 people, who could not be covered under the initial Project. The project will also cover all the identified rectification works and include the procurement of much needed operation and maintenance tools for sustainable operations.

The World Bank/DFID-assisted Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project (RWSSP) for the remaining three provinces of the Kyrgyz Republic is scheduled for completion by end-2008. The RWSSP also experienced similar price escalations and the World Bank and DFID are jointly considering additional financing for meeting the planned benefits and impacts.

The initial Project was scheduled to close in December 2006 but due to start-up delays of about two years, the loan closing date was extended to 31 December 2008. Overall progress of the initial Project until 2005 had been slow and the quality of works in some subprojects needed improvements, which was due to weak performance of the project management unit and the consultants. The Government rectified the situation by replacing the entire Project team. The new team streamlined the Project implementation by working on the rectification of previous subprojects, which is currently ongoing, and also completing the remaining new subprojects. To further ensure the quality of all the subprojects in line with the communities' requirement, ADB, in 2008, conducted an extensive field survey of a large number of completed and ongoing subprojects and provided specific solutions to the Government for rectifying all major or minor problems. The initial Project will be completed by end-2008.

Based on the lessons learned, both from ADB and the World Bank/DFID assisted projects, subproject selection criteria and engineering design criteria have been improved, which will ensure selection of strictly demand-driven subprojects, and use of simple, technically sound, and cost effective approaches. The improved implementation arrangements include mandatory steps to ensure communities' involvement at all stages, including identification, selection, planning, design, and implementation of subprojects. A new team of the technical supervision consultants will finalize the detailed engineering design of the subprojects in the light of modified selection and design criteria and provide Project management and implementation support. Besides safe drinking water supply, the Project will focus on rural sanitation, expand the hygiene education program, and ensure intensive training of community organizations on sound financial management, and operation and maintenance practices.

Impact Improved public health and environment in project villages
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome The supplementary grant will result in safe, adequate, and efficient water supply and sanitation services.
Progress Toward Outcome 36 subprojects that required rectification works have been completed in 2010. 13 new subprojects will be complted in 2011 and in about 10 subprojects rehabilitation will start in 2011. Sanitation and Hygiene Education is being provided to project communities.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Rehabilitated and newly constructed water supply and sanitation systems in project villages

Communities managing water supply systems and collecting tariffs to address cost recovery

Government issues a sector development policy, and legal and regulatory framework for rural water asset creation and service delivery

None

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

(1) 36 problem subprojects have been completed in 2009. 13 new subprojects have been complted in 2011.

(2) Capacity building and training to maintatnce of the water supply systems, tariff calculation and CDWUUs strenthening is provided to commnunities. The level of tariffs collection for 2010 is about 60%.

(3) Government has drafted a rural water supply strategy in 2008. Legal and regulatory frameworks need improvement.

Geographical Location Chui, Osh, Jalal-Abad, Batken oblasts of the Kyrgyz Republic
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The project is expected to have a significant positive impact on the improvement of environment. Required environment permissins for subprojects rehabilitation are obtained.
Involuntary Resettlement There no involuntary resettlemnt issues in project covered areas.
Indigenous Peoples N/A
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The project design has been extensively discussed with the communities, civil society and local administration.
During Project Implementation Representatives of the project communities and NGOs are participating in subprojects approval, implementation and commissioning. They are also members or observers in bid evaluation committees and project steering committee.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Sixty eight person-months of international and 1,080 person-months of national (package A) consulting services will be provided for technical supervision consultancy to support the PMU on (i) third-party quality assurance; (ii) innovative technology support; (iii) oversight of subproject construction management and supervision; (iv) information, education, and communication support; and (v) monitoring and evaluation. Consulting services of 840 person-months (package B) will be provided for technical design consultancy to support the PIUs-one team located at Chui for Chui oblast and one team located at Osh for Osh, Jalal-Abd, and Batken oblasts. The technical design consultancy will be responsible for conducting feasibility studies, preparing detailed designs and drawings, and providing bid process management support. The technical design consultancy will be supported by a national consulting firm or NGO (324 person-months on community mobilization, hygiene and sanitation education, and information, education, and communication addressing the long-term institutional and financial sustainability of the WSS service.
Procurement All procurement financed under the supplementary grant will be carried out in accordance with the ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2007, as amended from time to time). Contracts for civil works that are estimated to cost more than $1 million equivalent will be issued using international competitive bidding procedures. Contracts for civil works estimated to cost $1 million equivalent or less will be carried out through national competitive bidding procedures acceptable to ADB, and as set out in the procurement plan. To the extent possible, procurement of goods will be grouped into packages larger than $500,000 to be suitable for international competitive bidding procedures. Miscellaneous goods that cannot be grouped into larger contracts, and are estimated to cost less than $500,000 per contract, will be procured through national competitive bidding. Minor items estimated to cost less than $100,000 equivalent per contract may be purchased through shopping.
Responsible ADB Officer Marko Davila
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban Development and Water Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Community Development & Investment Agency (ARIS)Mr. Askar Satybekov, Deputy Executive Directoroffice@aris.kg501 Office 164A Chui Avenue, Bishkek 720001 Kyrgyz Republic
State Committee on Water and MeliorationCBISSP@INFOTEL.KG (MR. BARATALI KOSHMATOV)4A, Toktonalieva Street, 720055
Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Ministry of Natural ResourcesMr. Kairat Djumalievcbissp@infotel.kgBishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Timetable
Concept Clearance 28 Jul 2008
Fact Finding 02 Aug 2008 to 08 Aug 2008
MRM 16 Sep 2008
Approval 03 Nov 2008
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 02 Feb 2009
Last PDS Update 18 Mar 2011

Grant 0122-KGZ

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
03 Nov 2008 24 Nov 2008 19 Dec 2008 30 Jun 2013 - 14 Oct 2013
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 37.50 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 30.00 03 Nov 2008 8.16 0.00 95%
Counterpart 7.50 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 03 Nov 2008 8.16 0.00 95%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Partly satisfactory Satisfactory - Satisfactory - Satisfactory

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