Bhutan: Third Bhutan Living Standards Survey

Sovereign Project | 40159-012

Summary

The Government of Bhutan has requested a capacity development technical assistance from ADB to support the conduct of the Third Bhutan Living Standards Survey (BLSS) or 2011 BLSS, a major data source for assessing its five-year plan (2008-2013), for poverty assessment and for updating the weights for the consumer price index.

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Project Name Third Bhutan Living Standards Survey
Project Number 40159-012
Country Bhutan
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7886-BHU: Third Bhutan Living Standards Survey
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 300,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector Public sector management - Economic affairs management
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The Government of Bhutan has requested a capacity development technical assistance from ADB to support the conduct of the Third Bhutan Living Standards Survey (BLSS) or 2011 BLSS, a major data source for assessing its five-year plan (2008-2013), for poverty assessment and for updating the weights for the consumer price index.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

a. Link to Country Partnership Strategy/Regional Cooperation Strategy

The conduct of BLSS, however, cannot be postponed until appropriate government support mechanisms are in place. BLSS is a major data source in assessing the current five year plan that will end in 2013 and because BLSS data supports multi-dimensional poverty assessment, it can help promote better development perspective of major stakeholders of the plan. The first two rounds of the BLSS provided the government sound indicators for assessing its development plan as well as for informing policy. In addition to household consumption and expenditure information, data on household assets and remittances, housing, access to public facilities and services were also collected. Moreover, the education, employment status, and health of each member of the sample households as well as the prices of basic commodities were also compiled. It is, therefore, practicable that the third round of BLSS be supported. The technical assistance can be designed to provide the much-needed upgrade of technical skills of NSB staff. And the dissemination of BLSS results can also be utilized to advocate for the promulgation of the Statistics Act.

b. Impact

This CDTA aims to contribute in the increase in evidence-based policy making for poverty reduction so that development outcomes can be improved.

c. Outcome

In the long term, it is expected that if a cost-effective and reliable survey design can be produced under this CDTA, the government will be able to support the regular conduct of the BLSS which is an important data source for informing policy. In so doing, there will be more timely poverty and related statistics available for policy analysis and policy making and monitoring.

Impact More evidence-based policy making for poverty reduction
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Regular conduct of the BLSS with government support.
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Survey design that can be used for some project impact evaluation and that the Government can afford.

NSB staff trained in designing and implementing surveys

Third BLSS data

Survey report

Project implemented on time and within budget

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The following government agencies were consulted on the conduct of the Third Living Standards Survey: Ministry of Agriculture and Forests; Gross National Happiness Commission; and Ministry of Labour and Human Resources. These agencies were major users of the BLSS and also, some of them also conduct surveys of national coverage. Consultations with the United Nations Development Fund, the sponsor of the 2007 BLSS and World Food Programme, another major user of BLSS were also held. All the agencies consulted support the conduct of the Third Bhutan Living Standards Survey (2011) and are willing to collaborate in reviewing the data items for the survey and provide technical support, if needed.
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The TA will finance 2 person months of international consulting services. ADB will engage consultants in accordance with its Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time).
Procurement Procurement of equipment, if any, will follow ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2010, as amended from time to time). The equipment will be handed over to NSB upon completion of the TA.
Responsible ADB Officer Dalisay S. Maligalig
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Div, SARD
Executing Agencies
National Statistics BureauMinistry of Planning
Thimphu, Royal Government of Bhutan
Timetable
Concept Clearance 08 Jul 2011
Fact Finding 14 Feb 2011 to 18 Feb 2011
MRM -
Approval 14 Oct 2011
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 08 Jul 2011

TA 7886-BHU

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
14 Oct 2011 05 Dec 2011 05 Dec 2011 31 Dec 2012 30 Jun 2013 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
300,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 350,000.00 14 Oct 2011 275,716.74
Title Document Type Document Date
Third Bhutan Living Standards Survey: Technical Assistance Completion Report TA Completion Reports Sep 2014
Third Bhutan Living Standards Survey Technical Assistance Reports Oct 2011

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