Armenia: Preparing the Rural Roads Rehabilitation Project I

Sovereign Project | 40610-012

Summary

The objectives of the project are to (i) reduce rural poverty by increasing access of rural populations to jobs, markets, and social services; (ii) maximaize benefits of improved connectivity to rural communities; (iii) encourage participatory process to involve communities in road infrastructure improvement and preservation; (iv) strengthen capacity of responsible road agency and communities; and (v) identify and mobilize resources for sustaining rural road networks.

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Project Name Preparing the Rural Roads Rehabilitation Project I
Project Number 40610-012
Country Armenia
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 4895-ARM: Preparing the Rural Roads Rehabilitation Project I
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 150,000.00
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 150,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector Transport - Road transport (non-urban)
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The objectives of the project are to (i) reduce rural poverty by increasing access of rural populations to jobs, markets, and social services; (ii) maximaize benefits of improved connectivity to rural communities; (iii) encourage participatory process to involve communities in road infrastructure improvement and preservation; (iv) strengthen capacity of responsible road agency and communities; and (v) identify and mobilize resources for sustaining rural road networks.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

About 38% (1.2 million) of the Armenian population lives in rural areas, of which more than 45% are poor. About 92%of a total of 947 communities in the country are located in rural areas. Although poverty was reduced form 55% in 1999 to 30% in 2005, the pace of poverty reduction was much slower in rural areas.

The Government considers rural infrastructure development as a cornerstone of the Government s Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP). It has thus developed rural infrastructure development programs with the main purpose of reducing rural poverty. In the road sector, the Government has developed a lifeline roads network program (LRNP) which will improve access of rural communities to the national highway system in the most optimal manner. The Program targets high priority rural roads totaling about 2,700 km.

The US Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) committed $67 million for the next 5 years to provide grant assistance to rehabilitation of rural roads with a total length of about 940 km in support of the Program. The Government requested ADB to consider financing priority rural roads totaling about 220 km in parallel to MCC s support in order to maximize the impact of the first group of high priority rural roads totaling about 1,200 km. The Government has completed its preliminary feasibility study on the roads proposed for ADB financing.

The SSTA and Rural Road Sector Project (formely Rural Road Rehabilitaion Project I) are in line with PRSP and ADB s interim operational strategy for Armenia.

The substantal pat of the first phase of the SSTA was completed on 15 June 2007. The final liquidation was completed in December 2007.

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 Ararat, Armavir, Kotayk, and Geharkunik regions
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
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 Consulting Services yet to be determined.
Responsible ADB Officer Shakeel Ahmad Khan
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Republic of ArmeniaMr. Karen Badalyanahpiu@netsys.am#28, Nalbandyan str. Republic of Armenia, Yerevan
Timetable
Concept Clearance 17 Nov 2006
Fact Finding 23 Nov 2006 to 29 Nov 2006
MRM -
Approval 13 Dec 2006
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 22 Jan 2007
Last PDS Update 16 Apr 2008

TA 4895-ARM

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
13 Dec 2006 - 13 Dec 2006 31 May 2007 31 Jan 2008 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
300,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 300,000.00 13 Dec 2006 285,210.00

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