Viet Nam: Enhancing Official Development Assistance Absorptive Capacity and Efficiency

Sovereign Project | 41086-012

Summary

The TA will assist the Government in strengthening absorptive capacity of ODA and improving efficiency in preparation, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of ODA projects. Expected outcome of the TA will be increased Government capacity in (i) ensuring national leadership and ownership, (ii) maximizing efficiency and effectiveness, (iii) monitoring development outcomes, (iv) further harmonizing procedures, and (v) enhancing national and provincial capacity to use ODA resources more effectively.

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Project Name Enhancing Official Development Assistance Absorptive Capacity and Efficiency
Project Number 41086-012
Country Viet Nam
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 4979-VIE: Enhancing Official Development Assistance Absorptive Capacity and Efficiency
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 700,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector Public sector management - Economic affairs management
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The TA will assist the Government in strengthening absorptive capacity of ODA and improving efficiency in preparation, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of ODA projects. Expected outcome of the TA will be increased Government capacity in (i) ensuring national leadership and ownership, (ii) maximizing efficiency and effectiveness, (iii) monitoring development outcomes, (iv) further harmonizing procedures, and (v) enhancing national and provincial capacity to use ODA resources more effectively.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact Strengthened Government's ODA absorptive capacity
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Improved performance of ADB's portfolio
Progress Toward Outcome

Description:

Improved performance of ADB portfolio:

- Contract award and disbursement increased by 50% by 2010

- Loan and TA extensions reduced by 30% by 2010

- At-risk projects reduced by 30% by 2010

Progress:

Too early to assess

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Simplified and decentralized Government's approval procedures

2. Reduced start-up delays

3. Further harmonized the Government's and donors' procedures and requirements

4. Strengthened capacity of the line ministries and provinces to assume new responsibilities and

requirements under the decentralization policy

5. Made contribution to CG meetings

6. Mobilized social support for public investment

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Description:

1.1.1 Define roles and responsibilities of the line agency, project owner, and PMU by December 2007

1.1.2 Identify, with project stakeholders, the line agency, project owner, and PMU for each ADB-financed ongoing or planned project by March 2008

2.1.1 Investigate the Government s administrative mechanism to approve advance contracting for procurement and consultants by December 2007

2.1.2 Pilot the implementation of advance contracting by March 2009

2.1.3 Implement advance contracting for all ADB-financed new projects by August 2010

2.2.1 Pilot the involvement of the same qualified staff members for project preparation and ensuing project implementation by March 2009

2.2.2 Transfer staff involved in preparation stage to PMU during implementation stage for all ADB-financed new projects by August 2010

3.1.1 Pilot the use of the aligned monitoring tool and portfolio monitoring tool by December 2008

3.1.2 Use the tools for all ADB-financed new projects by August 2010

3.2.1 Conduct a gap analysis on social and environmental safeguard policies by June 2008

3.2.2 Develop an action plan to achieve the target on social and environmental safeguards under the HCS by June 2009

3.2.3 Implement priority tasks identified under the action plan by August 2010

4.1.1 Develop training programs for the line ministries, agencies and/or provinces on new responsibilities and requirements under Decree 131 by December 2008

4.1.2 Conduct training programs by March, June, September, and December 2009, and March and June 2010

5.1.1 Analyze and prepare recommendations on effective ODA resource utilization, and consolidate documents for CG meetings by December 2007, June and December 2008, June and December 2009, and June 2010

6.1.1 Identify and implement specific activities, e.g. HIV/AIDS prevention or traffic safety campaigns, by December 2007

6.1.2 Prepare recommendations to further expand social support mobilization by December 2008

Progress:

1.1.1 List of line agency, project owner and PMU of each on-going projects and projects to be approved in 2010 confirmed during 2010 CPRM (23 Aug - 16 Sep 2010)

2.1.1 Consultant submitted findings on advance actions in Nov 2009.

2.1.2. The Proposal of Advance Actions was approved on 4 July 2011

Activities 2.1.3, 2.2.1, 2.2.2 will be implemented as part of the pilot of advance actions following approval of PM on list of advance actions.

3.1.1. Completed. Most ADB projects adopt AMT from 2nd or 3rd quarter of 2008 reports.

3.1.2. Completed

3.2.1. Completed

3.2.2 An action plan developed.

3.2.3. Completed

4.1.1. Training modules and materials developed.

4.1.2 Training on going.

5.1.1. Analytical work done as contribution to Government's report to CG 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010.

6.1.1. Specific activity identified: traffic safety campaigns. NGO to implement engaged.

A series of activities have been conducted including TV commercial Airtime and Production, production of ads, boradcasting online ads, and bus ads. Three helmet wearing concerts have been conducted.

6.1.2. Final report received.

Geographical Location Viet Nam
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The TA components were identified through consultation within the EA and relevant Government Agencies.
During Project Implementation The TA implementation will be closely coordinated with the EA and relevant Government Agencies.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services It is envisaged that about 8 person-months of international consultants (Institutional Development Specialist and Capacity Building Specialist), and 60 person-months of domestic consultants (Legal Specialist, Public Training Specialist, Economist, Social Development Specialist, Environment Specialist, Social and Resettlement Specialist, and Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist) will be required. All consultants will be selected and contracted individually. Local nongovernment organizations will be consigned to pilot social support mobilization.
Responsible ADB Officer Januar Hakim
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Viet Nam Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Planning and Investment Mr. Hoang Viet Khang2 Hoang Van Thu St., Hanoi, Viet Nam
Timetable
Concept Clearance 27 Mar 2007
Fact Finding 05 Jun 2007 to 07 Jun 2007
MRM -
Approval 08 Oct 2007
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 16 Oct 2008
Last PDS Update 16 Nov 2011

TA 4979-VIE

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
08 Oct 2007 03 Dec 2007 03 Dec 2007 31 Aug 2010 31 Aug 2011 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
700,000.00 0.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 800,000.00 08 Oct 2007 633,044.43

Safeguard Documents

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Evaluation Documents

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