Mongolia: Urban Development and Housing Project

Sovereign Project | 37697-012

Summary

The objective of the TA is to prepare a project to improve living conditions and quality of life of people in urban centers that is suitable for ADB financing. The ensuing project will contribute to the Government's 40,000 Housing Program and assist the Government to (i) provide sustainable and affordable infrastructure and services for urban residents, especially in ger areas; (ii) promote community participation in project preparation, implementation, and post-project operation and maintenance activities; (iii) increase opportunities for low income families to access housing loans; and (iv) improve urban planning and management and the capacity of government agencies to provide and operate urban services. The ensuing project (tentatively) will comprise three parts: Part A: Ger Area and New Site Development, Part B: Housing Development, and Part C: Institutional Development.

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Project Name Urban Development and Housing Project
Project Number 37697-012
Country Mongolia
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 4632-MON: Urban Development and Housing Project
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 350,000.00
Poverty Reduction Fund US$ 250,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
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 No gender elements
Description The objective of the TA is to prepare a project to improve living conditions and quality of life of people in urban centers that is suitable for ADB financing. The ensuing project will contribute to the Government's 40,000 Housing Program and assist the Government to (i) provide sustainable and affordable infrastructure and services for urban residents, especially in ger areas; (ii) promote community participation in project preparation, implementation, and post-project operation and maintenance activities; (iii) increase opportunities for low income families to access housing loans; and (iv) improve urban planning and management and the capacity of government agencies to provide and operate urban services. The ensuing project (tentatively) will comprise three parts: Part A: Ger Area and New Site Development, Part B: Housing Development, and Part C: Institutional Development. For Part A of the ensuing project, based on an assessment of socio-economic conditions in urban centers and level of urban services delivery, the TA will (i) investigate alternative technologies of infrastructure (water supply, sanitation, solid waste management, heating, hot water supply, roads, and storm water drainage), considering environmental impacts, costs, and affordability; (ii) prepare indicative sub-project components for infrastructure provision; (iii) review the on-going pilot ger area neighborhoods restructuring that aims to introduce a grid-based circulation system and provide neighborhood financed and managed infrastructure and services, propose improvements, and prepare detailed guidelines; (iv) review the past and on-going in-fill housing area development schemes, propose improvements, and revise existing guidelines with emphasis on public-private partnership; (v) review the proposals for economic, infrastructure, and housing development prepared under the CDSs in Darkhan, Erdenet, Tsetserleg, Khovd, and Choibalsan, and prepare packages suitable for ADB financing. Feasibility studies in the sample urban centers will be conducted to (i) prepare preliminary engineering designs and cost estimates, (ii) assess financial and economic viability, (iii) assess environmental and social soundness, (iv) develop a project framework and implementation arrangements, and (v) establish a set of criteria and guidelines to select sub-projects to be proposed by interested local governments. For Part B of the ensuing project, based on experience under Loan 1847-MON: Housing Finance Sector Project and JFPR 9015-MON: Improving the Living Environment of the Poor in Ger Areas of Mongolia's Cities Project, the TA will (i) determine the optimum institutional relationship to deliver housing loans to low income families, (ii) estimate housing loan demand for low income families to purchase new plots, build or improve houses, and improve urban services, (iii) determine the optimum flow of funds to reach low income families, (iv) assess the affordability and effective cost recovery mechanism for low income housing loans, and (v) recommend long-term sustainable institutional set-up including establishment of an independent housing finance institution to deliver housing loans to all income groups. For Part C of the ensuing project, the TA will (i) review the revised planning, zoning, and building codes and standards, design a dissemination program, and propose effective measures for implementation; (ii) review the existing CDS reports and prepare a program to improve urban planning approaches through an expansion of the CDS approach; (iii) develop education and training programs for government agencies and local communities to increase awareness of public health, environmental improvement, and alternative technologies for urban infrastructure and services; (iv) develop capacity development plans for local Public Urban Service Organizations (PUSOs) that are responsible for provision and maintenance of urban infrastructure and services; and (v) develop a program to assist the establishment of an independent housing finance institution.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The ensuing Project has been formulated to support the Government's sector policies on urban development, including the Government's Action Plan for 2004-2008 and the 40,000 Houses Program.
Impact
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Mongolia
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C
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 The TA will be implemented over a period of six months from November 2005 to April 2006. The TA will require 16 person-months of international and 50 person-months of domestic consulting services. The international consultants will include an urban development specialist/team leader, financial analyst, economist, municipal finance specialist, mortgage finance specialist, urban planning and housing/involuntary resettlement specialist, urban infrastructure specialist, civil engineer, alternative urban infrastructure/environment specialist, and a participatory development/poverty specialist. The domestic consultants will include an urban planner/deputy team leader, institutional development specialist, urban codes and regulations specialist, municipal engineers in water supply, sanitation, solid waste management, heating, hot water supply, road, and drainage, financial specialist, economist/cost estimate specialist, legal specialist, housing/micro-finance specialist, environment specialist, social development specialist in community participation, gender and development, poverty, and an involuntary resettlement. All consultants will be engaged through a firm in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on Use of Consultants and other arrangements satisfactory to ADB for the engagement of domestic consultants. A consulting firm will be selected and engaged using the quality-and-cost-based selection (QCBS) method using simplified technical proposal procedures.
Responsible ADB Officer Amy S.P. Leung
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban and Social Sectors Division, EARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Construction and Urban DevelopmentMr. Toshoon Sambasanchir, State SecretaryUlaanbaatar 211238 Barilgachdyn Talbai 3 Mongolia
Timetable
Concept Clearance 09 Mar 2004
Fact Finding 08 Apr 2005 to 20 Apr 2005
MRM -
Approval 18 Aug 2005
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 22 Jan 2007
Last PDS Update 23 Jan 2007

TA 4632-MON

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
18 Aug 2005 18 Nov 2005 18 Nov 2005 31 Mar 2006 30 Jun 2007 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
350,000.00 250,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 600,000.00 18 Aug 2005 565,882.16

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