Regional: Supporting Water Operators' Partnership in Asia

Sovereign Project | 40617-012

Summary

The project will contribute to attainment of the Millenium Development Goals by enhancing service performance of water and wastewater utilities, enabling them to reach more people and improve their services to existing clients.The TA will support the launch, and operation of the Water Operators Partnerships (WOPs) in Asia. Specifically, it will support activities under the already existing Southeast Asia Water Utilities Network (SEAWUN), facilitate the design and launch of South Asia Water Utilities Network (SAWUN), including support its activities for an initial period of 2 years, and will support the establishment of a similar network in Central and East Asia. The TA will also examine ways of putting the activities of the networks on a sustainable footing over a 5-7 year time frame.

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Project Name Supporting Water Operators' Partnership in Asia
Project Number 40617-012
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6396-REG: Supporting Water Operators' Partnership in Asia
Japan Special Fund US$ 2.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Rural water policy, institutional and capacity development
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The project will contribute to attainment of the Millenium Development Goals by enhancing service performance of water and wastewater utilities, enabling them to reach more people and improve their services to existing clients.The TA will support the launch, and operation of the Water Operators Partnerships (WOPs) in Asia. Specifically, it will support activities under the already existing Southeast Asia Water Utilities Network (SEAWUN), facilitate the design and launch of South Asia Water Utilities Network (SAWUN), including support its activities for an initial period of 2 years, and will support the establishment of a similar network in Central and East Asia. The TA will also examine ways of putting the activities of the networks on a sustainable footing over a 5-7 year time frame. WOPs Asia will respond to the Compendium of Action developed by United Nations Secretary General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation which calls for breakthrough action in order to achieve the Millennium Development Goal targets. On another, more substantive level, the program will enhance utility performance through a structured program of peer support, including support to benchmarking, capacity development, and twinning programs.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact Achievement of DG Goal 7, target 10: to halve, by 2015, the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water and sanitation.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

A. Consensus on what constitutes a good practice institutional framework for water sectors

B. Improved effectiveness and efficiency of participating water utilities

Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Three new water utilities networks in place, in (i) South Asia, (ii) Central Asia, and (iii) East Asia

2. Existing water utilities network in Southeast Asia (SEAWUN) strengthened

3. Twinning program operational

4. Benchmarking service operational

5. Change management capacity established to address specific areas of water utility operations

6. Good practice institutional framework developed and consensus achieved

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) TA completed on 28 February 2011.
Geographical Location Southeast Asia, South Asia and Central and East Asia
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 About 25 person-months of international and 26 person-months of national consultants' time will be needed to implement the activities of the TA. Individual consultants will be contracted based on their qualifications for the assignment. The qualifications required will be established in consultation with the network members, based on their specific needs. The required areas of expertise may include, but will not be limited to (i) institutional, organizational, and sector restructuring; (ii) operation and engineering; (iii) nonrevenue water reduction; (iv) internal controls and financial management; (v) procurement and contract management; and (vi) personnel management. Additional international and national resource persons may be engaged to fill specific gaps in designing and implementing twinning arrangements, and in undertaking discrete training programs. The consultants will be recruited in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants.
Responsible ADB Officer Alan Baird
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban Development and Water Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong
Metro Manila, Philippines
P.O. Box 789, 1099 Manila,
Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 15 Dec 2006
Fact Finding 18 Sep 2006 to 06 Oct 2006
MRM -
Approval 16 Apr 2007
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 11 Mar 2008
Last PDS Update 15 Apr 2011

TA 6396-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
16 Apr 2007 - 16 Apr 2007 31 Mar 2009 31 Aug 2011 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
2,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,000,000.00 16 Apr 2007 1,953,023.72

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