Pakistan: Sustainable Livelihood in Barani Areas Project (formerly Barani Dev III)

Sovereign Project | 34331-013 Status: Closed

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kilometers of roads built or upgraded



new households connected to electricity



households with new or improved water supply



households with new or improved water supply



kilometers of transmission lines installed or upgraded



microfinance loan accounts opened / end borrowers reached



hectares of land improved through irrigation, drainage and/or flood management



average daily vehicle-kilometers using roads built or upgraded in the first full year of operation

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Project Name Sustainable Livelihood in Barani Areas Project (formerly Barani Dev III)
Project Number 34331-013
Country Pakistan
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 2134-PAK: Sustainable Livelihood in Barani Areas Project (formerly Barani Dev III)
Asian Development Fund US$ 41.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Agricultural policy, institutional and capacity development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming

The Project's objectives are to enhance access to land, water, markets, services, agricultural inputs, technologies, and employment among the population living in barani areas in order to increase incomes, improve the quality of life and, ultimately, reduce poverty among vulnerable groups within the project area. At the same time, the Project will strengthen governance structures, aid the process of devolution, and build capacity within local governments to plan and implement development activities. The Project will cover those districts and parts of districts in Punjab province that have much barani land but that have yet to

be covered by a barani or area development project.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Barani areas are, almost by definition, areas with high levels of poverty. The primary problem facing barani areas is a lack of access to water for crop and livestock production and thus lower and uncertain crop yields and livestock productivity. However, many other factors also add to the high levels of poverty. These include impeded access to markets, inputs, and services due to inadequate or nonexistent transportation infrastructure; a lack of access to electricity, with negative consequences for the productive potential of both agriculture and off-farm sectors; health and productivity constraints arising from limited access to domestic drinking water; a limited range of alternative, high-value crops or crop varieties specially adapted to barani areas; inadequate and poorly managed rangelands for livestock; serious loss of productive land due to water and wind erosion; poor access to agriculture and livestock advisory and support services; and low levels of literacy, which impede access to new technologies or the adoption of alternative income-earning activities. Development activities in barani areas have been shown to be successful in tackling these problems when there have been high levels of beneficiary involvement in the design and implementation of project activities. As a result of the Punjab Local Government Ordinance of 2001, official institutional structures now exist at grassroots level in rural areas to allow elected representation and local management of development activities. In these conditions it is now possible to combine past experience and lessons learned in barani areas with the new, representative institutional structures in rural areas (union councils and zila councils) to implement a poverty-focused project that will reinforce the ongoing decentralization process and have a strong development impact on the ground. This will be achieved through the support of activities, selected and managed by the beneficiaries themselves, that enhance productivity of resources, improve the quality of life for the areas' population, and improve access to markets through better rural infrastructure.

1. Improved quality of life

2. Reduced Poverty

3. Better natural resources management

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Enhanced access to land, water, markets, services, agriculture inputs, technologies and employment for the population of the barani areas.
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

C. Components/Outputs

1. Village and Union Development Fund

1.1 Community-based medium-scale initiatives

1.2 District line agencies support

1.3 RSP support to union council

2. Targeted Poverty alleviation Fund

2.1 Group-based small-scale initiatives

2.2 Off-farm employment opportunities

3. Literacy Through Skillsbased Training

4. Institutional Support

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location The project area will be the barani areas of the 10 districts of Bhakkar, Chakwal, Gujrat,Jhelum, Khushab, Layyah, Mianwali, Narowal, Rawalpindi, and Sialkot, and that have yet to be taken up by a barani or area development project.
Safeguard Categories
Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

Consulting services will be recruited following ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants. The Project will require support from 399 person-months of consulting services, comprising 42 personmonths of international consulting services and 357 months of domestic consulting services. In addition, ABAD will recruit the services of rural support programs, nongovernment organizations, or local consulting companies for the village and union organizers who will work directly in the field with the union administrations, villages, and district agencies to provide on-the-ground support to the VUDC. About 1,080 person-months of village and union organizers input will be required.

With the exception of the international project management specialist who will be recruited early on as an individual consultant, international and local consultants and union and district supervisors will be recruited through a firm or an NGO/RSP.

In addition, ABAD will recruit the services of RSPs, NGOs, or local consulting companies for the village and union organizers who will work directly in the field with the union administrations, villages, and district agencies to provide on the ground support for the village and union development component. About 1,080 person-months of village and union organizer input will be required.

Procurement Procurement will be undertaken following ADB's Guidelines for Procurement. Civil works will be small to medium scale and scattered, and will thus not be suitable for or of interest to international contractors. Civil works will thus be undertaken through local competitive bidding for local companies or by direct selection for beneficiary user groups.
Responsible ADB Officer Ismat Raza
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Pakistan Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Agency for Barani Area Development
Mr. Waseem Ajmal
Murree Road, Rawalpindi
Concept Clearance 08 Mar 2003
Fact Finding 17 Jul 2004 to 06 Aug 2004
MRM 17 Sep 2004
Approval 14 Dec 2004
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 21 Mar 2007
Last PDS Update 21 Mar 2007

Loan 2134-PAK

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
14 Dec 2004 10 Jan 2005 13 Apr 2005 30 Jun 2011 31 Mar 2012 25 Feb 2013
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 58.60 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 41.00 14 Dec 2004 27.38 0.00 97%
Counterpart 17.60 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 14 Dec 2004 28.12 0.00 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory - Satisfactory
Title Document Type Document Date
Sustainable Livelihoods in Barani Areas Project Project/Program Completion Reports Nov 2012
Sustainable Livelihoods in Barani Areas Project Reports and Recommendations of the President Nov 2004

Safeguard Documents

See also: Safeguards

Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

None currently available.

Evaluation Documents

See also: Independent Evaluation
Title Document Type Document Date
Pakistan: Sustainable Livelihoods in Barani Areas Project Validations of Project Completion Reports Dec 2013

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