Afghanistan: Poverty Assessment and Socioeconomic and Macroeconomic Statistical Capacity Building

Sovereign Project | 37047-012

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Project Name Poverty Assessment and Socioeconomic and Macroeconomic Statistical Capacity Building
Project Number 37047-012
Country Afghanistan
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 4313-AFG: Poverty Assessment and Socioeconomic and Macroeconomic Statistical Capacity Building
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.75 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector Public sector management - Economic affairs management
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The objectives of the proposed technical assistance (TA) are (i) to strengthen the capacity of the Central Statistics Office (CSO) and, to a minor extent, of selected line ministries, to collect, analyze, and disseminate the statistical information needed by a wide variety of users for policy planning, monitoring, and research activities and (ii) to compile improved and updated key socioeconomic indicators. The output of the proposed TA will consist of (i) an updated consumer price index (CPI) series, with coverage expanded to six major urban centers (ii) the first comprehensive poverty assessment for Afghanistan (iii) improved national accounts estimates (iv) improved trade, balance of payment, fiscal, and monetary data (v) a reviewed legal and institutional framework, and recommendations for adjusting the current statistical system to the needs of a market economy and to international standards, to be used by CSO to apply to the Priority Reform and Restructuring status (vi) higher capacity at CSO and in line ministries (vii) upgraded physical infrastructure at CSO and in selected line ministries and (viii) improved dissemination of statistical data by CSO.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact Stronger and more informed policy making and monitoring by decision makers through the provision of reliable and timely socioeconomic data, with a particular focus on poverty
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Stronger capacity of the Central Statistics Organization (CSO) and selected line ministries to compile improved and updated key socioeconomic indicators
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

(i) Updated consumer price index (CPI) series, covering six urban centers

(ii) National poverty line, and poverty assessment

(iii) Improved national accounts estimates

(iv) Improved sector data

(v) Reviewed statistical legal framework, and recommendations for adjusting the current statistical system to the needs of a market economy and international standards. Application to Priority Reform and Restructuring (PRR) status submitted by CSO

(vi) Greater capacity at CSO and in line ministries

(vii) Upgraded physical infrastructure at CSO and in selected line ministries

(viii) Improved dissemination of statistical data by CSO

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Afghanistan
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 An estimated total of 25.5 person months of international and 36 person months of domestic consultancy will be required. The consultants will be recruited by ADB according to ADB s Guidelines on the Use of Consultants and other arrangements satisfactory to ADB for the engagement of domestic consultants. The domestic consultant and the international consultant for statistical law and organization will be recruited on an individual basis. The other international consultants will be recruited through a consulting firm, selected using the quality and cost based method with the simplified technical proposals option. The international consultants will be recruited to assist CSO and line ministries in the following areas: (i) revision of the statistical system organization and legislation (2.5 person months) (ii) sampling and survey methods, and poverty analysis (ILSS: 7 person months, IBES: 3 person months) (iii) data processing (ILSS: 4 person months, IBES: 1 person month) national accounts (2 person months, to complement the support provided by the IMF resident adviser) and (iv) assessment and improvement of administrative data collection by line ministries (6 person months).
Procurement tbd
Responsible ADB Officer Chellam Palanyandy
Responsible ADB Department Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
Responsible ADB Division Development Indicators and Policy Research Division
Executing Agencies
Central Statistics OfficeAnsari Wat,
Kabul-city, Kabul
Afghanistan
Timetable
Concept Clearance 10 Mar 2003
Fact Finding 07 Sep 2003 to 20 Sep 2003
MRM -
Approval 26 Dec 2003
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 17 Sep 2007
Last PDS Update 16 Jul 2008

TA 4313-AFG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
26 Dec 2003 26 Jan 2004 26 Jan 2004 31 Jan 2007 30 Jun 2011 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,750,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,750,000.00 26 Dec 2003 1,346,561.69

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