Nepal: Preparing the Governance Reforms and Decentralization Cluster Program Program 1

Sovereign Project | 36172-012

Summary

The overall goal of the PPTA is to support inclusive poverty reduction by ensuring that the rural poor, in particular, have better access to services in the health, education, and agriculture sectors.

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Project Name Preparing the Governance Reforms and Decentralization Cluster Program Program 1
Project Number 36172-012
Country Nepal
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 4834-NEP: Preparing the Governance Reforms and Decentralization Cluster Program Program 1
Japan Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector Public sector management - Decentralization
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The overall goal of the PPTA is to support inclusive poverty reduction by ensuring that the rural poor, in particular, have better access to services in the health, education, and agriculture sectors.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

With a low per capita gross domestic product (of about $311), and a poverty incidence of 38%, Nepal is undoubtedly one of the poorest countries in the world. Among the reasons attributed to poverty are inadequate access to basic social and education services, poor public sector governance, and uneven distribution of the benefits of growth to the population. Improving public sector governance is essential and includes transparent rule-based expenditures and increased decentralization over the spending authority to districts and villages.

The Constitution of Nepal 1990 envisages decentralization as a fundamental element of multiparty democracy and decentralization is a major vehicle to promote rural and local development, as well as poverty reduction, as stated in the Ninth and Tenth plans and operationalized in the Decentralization Implementation Work Plan approved in January 2002. This Work Plan includes actions such as (i) review of functions and determination of procedures for local bodies, (ii) classification and demarcation of district development committees and village development committees, (iii) delegation of judicial power to village development committees and municipalities, (iv) planning for local bodies, (v) standard operating procedures for local bodies? funds, (vi) performance monitoring, (vii) harmonization of legislation, and (viii) capacity development. The program will support the associated policy reforms and empowerment of local stakeholders, and accountability and capacity building of government institutions supporting the decentralization. Poverty reduction and inclusive development are part of the Government?s Tenth Plan. The Government?s priorities are consistent with ADB?s assistance, which includes measures for poverty reduction, economic growth, inclusive social development, and good governance.

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Safeguard Categories
Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
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During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The TA will be implemented by a team of five domestic consultants for 60 person-months. The consultant team comprises of a Governance Expert (for 12 person-months) who will be the Team Leader; two Sector Administration and Service Delivery Experts (for 12 person-months each) in education and agriculture sectors; and two Sub-National Government Administration and Decentralization Experts (for 12 person-months each).
Procurement tbd
Responsible ADB Officer Gambhir Bhatta
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Public Management, Financial Sector and Trade Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Office of the Prime Minister&Council of MinistersNepal
Timetable
Concept Clearance 07 Oct 2004
Fact Finding 20 Feb 2006 to 03 Mar 2006
MRM -
Approval 31 Aug 2006
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 07 Mar 2006
Last PDS Update 20 Nov 2008

TA 4834-NEP

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
31 Aug 2006 02 Nov 2006 02 Nov 2006 30 Nov 2007 31 Dec 2009 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
500,000.00 0.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 600,000.00 31 Aug 2006 374,987.38

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