Lao People's Democratic Republic: Small Towns Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Project

Sovereign Project | 36339-022 Status: Active


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Project Name Small Towns Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Project
Project Number 36339-022
Country Lao People's Democratic Republic
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0143-LAO: Small Towns Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 23.00 million
Gender and Development Cooperation Fund US$ 500,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Water and other urban infrastructure and services - Urban flood protection - Urban policy, institutional and capacity development - Urban sanitation - Urban water supply

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome Progress is ongoing.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) Activities to strengthen sector planning and regulation is ongoing. PNPs are taking steps to improve their operational efficiency and financial performance. The EA is committed to human resource development in the sector. A total of 36 scholarships supported by the project have been awarded for technical and vocational training (of which 33% have been for women). Another 26 scholarships have been awarded to female high school graduates for pursuing engineering degrees (supported by the Gender and Development Cooperation Fund). Construction of Phase I towns (3 towns), Phase II towns (4 towns) and Phase IIIa towns (3 towns), and Phase IIIb (3 towns) are ongoing. Contract for one town in Phase IIIb is to be awarded. Feasibility studies, subproject appraisal reports and bid documents for Phase IIIb towns have been approved. Consulting services are in place and work closely with the project coordination office. Part of the operation and maintenance initiatives includes a twinning program with a regional water utility as an expert twin (supported through a parallel ADB initiative).
Geographical Location Small towns in Lao PDR, mainly in the northern and southern regions

Safeguard Categories

Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples B

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects The project is category B (non-sensitive). Phase-I, II IIIa and IIIb IEEs and EMPs have been approved.
Involuntary Resettlement The project is category B. Phase-I, II, IIIa and IIIb LACPs have been approved. The external social and resettlement monitor has been recruited and provides regular monitoring reports prior to contract awards.
Indigenous Peoples The project is category B. Phase-I, II, IIIa and IIIb feasibility studies include a screening of the impacts on ethnic groups for each town. Enhancement measures are incorporated into the subproject design and mitigation measures, if any, are incorporated into the IEE, EMPs and LACPs.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Extensive stakeholder participation and consultation was undertaken to ensure that the proposed project impact, outcomes and outputs were derived, owned and supported by key stakeholders. In-depth interviews, workshops, group discussions, household surveys and questionnaires were used with (i) relevant national, provincial, and district governments; (iii) local village leaders in the core areas of candidate subproject towns; (iii) development partners and mass organizations; and (iv) households (or potential consumers). Focus groups discussions were held with local communities, including the poor, women and ethnic people. National workshops with key stakeholders were conducted to present the project design and seek consensus on key cost-recovery principles. Subproject-level consultations were held to finalize the feasibility design of the core subprojects.
During Project Implementation The same level of consultation continues during implementation. Subprojects are designed in close consultation with government, communities, mass organizations, government officials, water utilities and others through workshops, meetings, socioeconomic households surveys, focus group discussions etc.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services A total of 859 person-months of consulting services (124 person-months international and 735 person-months national) will be required to support implementation of the Project through project management, feasibility studies, design construction, and supervision of water supply and sanitation infrastructure, preparation of social assessments with information on poverty, gender and ethnic groups, financial management, institutional and human resources development, social and community development, health and hygiene, involuntary resettlement and environmental safeguards, and project performance management and evaluation. The consultants will deliver on-the-job training and capacity development assistance to the PCU and PIUs. They will also provide services for (i) topographical surveys for feasibility studies and design; (ii) water quality testing for feasibility, design, and monitoring during construction; (iii) geotechnical investigations and soil testing for feasibility studies and design; (iv) survey and clearance of unexploded ordnance; and (v) groundwater surveys, if necessary, to include drilling and pump tests. Consulting services will be engaged through a firm in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2007, as amended from time to time) through the quality- and cost-based selection (QCBS) method. The weighting will follow the standard quality-cost ratio of 80:20. The PCU will recruit the consultant team, which will include international and national consultants led by a team leader. The consultant team will report to the PCU.
Procurement All procurement to be financed under the ADB grant will be carried out in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2007, as amended from time to time). International competitive bidding (ICB) procedures will be used for major civil works contracts estimated to cost over $1.0 million, and for supply contracts valued at over $500,000. Procurement of civil works valued at less than $1.0 million equivalent will be undertaken through national competitive bidding. Modifications and clarifications that need to be made to the Recipient's national competitive bidding procedures must be agreed on by ADB and the Recipient. Shopping procedures will be followed for materials and equipment packages or works estimated to cost less than $100,000 equivalent. ADB shopping procedures will be used for the small village civil works and supply contracts, and for awareness activities and equipment under the community action and participation program. To the extent possible, quotations will be invited from at least three suppliers or contractors for local procurement. The Project Coordination Unit (PCU) will carry out procurement for outputs 1, 2 and 5, and the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) will be responsible for that for outputs 3 and 4. Installation of water meters and service connections will be carried out by the construction contractor under the main water supply construction contract for each subproject town. The district Lao Women's Union (LWU) will be contracted to implement the community information and participation program, following a capacity assessment in each subproject town through single source selection. This is justified based on: (i) the LWU is the only organization with a sustained local presence in the project districts, and has a history of working with local communities and participatory development, ensuring local continuity; and (ii) the cost of each assignment is less than $100,000.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Bertrand Clochard
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban Development and Water Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Public Works and Transport
Phomma Veoravanh
3rd Floor, Building of Urban Research Institute, Dongpalane Road, Vientiane, Lao, PDR


Concept Clearance 13 Jun 2008
Fact Finding 08 Jul 2008 to 23 Jul 2008
MRM 26 Aug 2008
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 04 Mar 2006
Last PDS Update 22 Sep 2015

Grant 0143-LAO

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
02 Feb 2009 06 Mar 2009 27 Apr 2009 31 Dec 2014 31 Dec 2017 -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 26.14 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 23.00 02 Feb 2009 NaN 0.45 90%
Counterpart 2.64 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.50 02 Feb 2009 NaN 0.62 124%

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.

Title Document Type Document Date
Small Towns Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Project Environmental Assessment and Review Framework Aug 2008
Small Towns Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Project Indigenous Peoples Planning Frameworks/Indigenous Peoples Development Frameworks Aug 2008
Small Towns Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Project: Resettlement Framework Resettlement Frameworks Jul 2008
Small Towns Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Project: Songkhone Resettlement Plans Jul 2008
Small Towns Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Project: Viengphouka Resettlement Plans Jul 2008
Small Towns Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Project: Huoixai Resettlement Plans Jul 2008

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