Papua New Guinea: Extending the Socioeconomic Benefits of an Improved Road Network to Roadside Communities

Sovereign Project | 40173-022 Status: Approved


The objective of the project is to extend socio-economic benefits of the ADB's Highlands Region Road Improvement Investment Program (HRRIIP) to roadside communities adjacent to the HRRIIP roads in selected districts in Southern Highlands and Enga Provinces.

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Project Name Extending the Socioeconomic Benefits of an Improved Road Network to Roadside Communities
Project Number 40173-022
Country Papua New Guinea
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 9130-PNG: Extending the Socioeconomic Benefits of an Improved Road Network to Roadside Communities
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 2.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Transport - Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Description The objective of the project is to extend socio-economic benefits of the ADB's Highlands Region Road Improvement Investment Program (HRRIIP) to roadside communities adjacent to the HRRIIP roads in selected districts in Southern Highlands and Enga Provinces.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact Local communities adjacent to HRRIIP will gain social and economic benefits from road improvement in the Southern Highland and Enga province.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome The project outcomes are: (i) local community gains better access to social services and local market; (ii) rural poor communities strengthen basic livelihood skills for road maintenance and income-generating activities; (iii) local communities understand and implement good practices related to basic health and sanitation, STI, and HIV; (iv) gender-responsive means of transportation improve access to social services and local market.
Progress Toward Outcome The project delivered expected outcomes through improvement in rural feeder roads and provision of a small community infrastructure, capacity building on income generating activities, increased awareness on gender issues and health and promotion of gender responsive transportation.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs The project outputs are: (i) participation of 400 local community members in consultation and consensus building training; (ii) rehabilitation of 80 km of community based rural feeder roads and 8 rural infrastructures; (iii) training in skills development, community awareness and behavior change on health related issues of 400 local community members; and (iv) carrying out of 8 pilot interventions for gender responsive transportation.
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

The project has been physically completed. The following have been accomplised by the project.

(i) Rural feeder roads of 81 km in eight road sections were rehabilitated and are being maintained by the community members. A total of seven simple rural infrastructure facilities were constructed. Activities for Yakalap Yakamanda, including the provision of rural infrastructure, were cancelled due to tribal fights. A total of 2,780 community laborers, with 41% women participated in civil work activities.

(ii) Skills trainings consisting of livelihood and microfinance for eight road sections were completed. 341 local community members were trained with 22% female.

(iii) Different IEC materials including STI/HIV/AIDS, malaria, breastfeeding, TB, domestic violence, family planning, road safety etc. supplied by the NDOH and Consultative Implementation & Monitoring Council (CIMC) were distributed to the communities.

(iv) Two Gender Relations Trainings and two Health and Gender workshops were conducted in each of the four roads in Enga and SHP. 2,386 community members with 41% female participated in these trainings.

(v) Two Basic Health Trainings and one HIV/AIDS Training were conducted in each of the four road sections in Enga and SHP. These were participated by 581 community members with 29% female.

(vi) A total of 412 community members with 32% female participated in gender training. This component was combined with gender trainings under component 4.

(vii) Four gender responsive transportation (GRT) pilot activities were conducted by establishing GRT committees. These committees were responsible for advocating gender responsive transportation such as through road campaigns and community awareness and demonstration activities done on a weekly basis from August November 2012 in Enga and from September November 2012 in SHP.

Geographical Location The Project will be implemented in selected local communities in the Southern Highlands' Province and Enga.
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples B
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The project has no adverse environmental impact.
Involuntary Resettlement No involuntary resettlement is involved in the project.
Indigenous Peoples No Indegenous Peoples are negatively impacted by the project during implementation.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design An extensive program of consultations, women's focus groups, and surveys took place during the preparation of the HRRIIP, resulting in part in the inception of the Project under JFPR. At the inception stage, a stakeholder analysis was carried out to identify the primary and secondary stakeholders; their interest in the Project; their perceptions of current problems related to road accessibility, mobility, and transport services; and the resources they could bring to the achievement of the goals and objectives of the Project.
During Project Implementation The Project was carried out in consutation with and participation among communities, provincial and district administrations, national and provincial departments of works, national and provincial AIDS councils, local NGOs, and relevant donor partners working in the area. The implementing agency consulted with district administration, local governments, DOW, and communities in roadside villages beside the HRRIIP roads to prioritize the use of the JFPR. Community participation was a core element of each activity. Communities were identified by INGO, DOW, and the provincial administrations of Enga and Southern Highlands provinces. Community self evaluation was conducted during project implementation on a semiannual basis. It was aimed at determining a more adequate training approach and effective community-based road rehabilitation and maintenance activities. Where it was completed, it proved to be an innovative formative exercise with direct involvement of community members.
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Consulting Services An INGO was recruited following ADB Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2007, as amended from time to time). Single Source Selection (SSS) used.
Procurement Any procurement under the Project will be conducted in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2007, as amended from time to time). Procurement will include construction work, construction tools and equipment for civil works and revegetation, audio visual equipment and office supply, etc. Since most construction works will be small-scale, without having much chance of attracting international firms or national firms, Community Participation in Procurement for civil work activities in line with the Procurement Guidelines, para 3.17 will be appropriate to use. Training activities needs to be discussed with training institute to inform the design process and to avoid duplication. Shopping procurement methods will be used for procurement of small equipment and supplies. Audio-visual and office equipment will be turned over to DOW in each province at the end of the project.
Responsible ADB Officer Ninebeth Carandang
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban, Social Development & Public Management Division, PARD
Executing Agencies
Department of Works
P.O. Box 1108
Boroko, NCD
Papua New Guinea
Concept Clearance 13 Jun 2008
Fact Finding 16 Jun 2008 to 30 Jun 2008
MRM 30 May 2008
Approval 02 Mar 2009
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 15 Jul 2008
Last PDS Update 18 Sep 2015

Grant 9130-PNG

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
02 Mar 2009 03 Mar 2009 03 Mar 2009 02 Mar 2013 02 Sep 2013 -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 2.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 02 Mar 2009 0.00 1.94 97%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 2.00 02 Mar 2009 0.00 1.94 97%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory - Satisfactory Partly satisfactory - Satisfactory

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