Regional: Developing Strategic Urban Assessments for Selected Central and West Asia Developing Member Countries

Sovereign Project | 41128-012

Summary

The TA, by improving the understanding of what drives change in the urban sector and designing effective strategies to maximize and promote sustainable and equitable growth of urban settlements, will encourage national development and prosperity, and improve the quality of life in towns and cities within three countries - Armenia, Pakistan and Uzbekistan. The aim of the TA is to develop context-specific, appropriate solutions that would have the highest likelihood of delivering measurable development results for participating countries and ADB. The output will be high quality knowledge products, presented in a highly accessible way, that will help inform and influence key decision-makers on urban policy in the participating DMCs. The outputs will also improve knowledge and understanding of the urban sector for a broader audience, including ADB, and enable CWRD to deliver its assistance to the urban sector in a more effective and efficient manner.

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Project Name Developing Strategic Urban Assessments for Selected Central and West Asia Developing Member Countries
Project Number 41128-012
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6423-REG: Developing Strategic Urban Assessments for Selected Central and West Asia Developing Member Countries
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector Water and other urban infrastructure and services - Urban policy, institutional and capacity development
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The TA, by improving the understanding of what drives change in the urban sector and designing effective strategies to maximize and promote sustainable and equitable growth of urban settlements, will encourage national development and prosperity, and improve the quality of life in towns and cities within three countries - Armenia, Pakistan and Uzbekistan. The aim of the TA is to develop context-specific, appropriate solutions that would have the highest likelihood of delivering measurable development results for participating countries and ADB. The output will be high quality knowledge products, presented in a highly accessible way, that will help inform and influence key decision-makers on urban policy in the participating DMCs. The outputs will also improve knowledge and understanding of the urban sector for a broader audience, including ADB, and enable CWRD to deliver its assistance to the urban sector in a more effective and efficient manner.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact Improved service delivery in urban sector
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Improved planning based on understanding of drivers of urban change
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Diagnostic analyses of the urban sector and the identification of key problem and theme areas

2. Vision for the development of towns and cities

3. Road map for development of the urban sector

4. Published knowledge products of high quality

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) The PAK main report was submitted to CWUW, ADB with updated data in Feburary 2011. CWUS decided to make PAK main report as a sample report and internal review of this sample report is ongoing now. Data update of the ARM and UZB main reports and technical supporting reports of all three countries are done. The other ARM and UZB reports are pending until PAK report, the sample report, is finalized.
Geographical Location
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 16.5 person months of international consultants in the fields of strategic planning and change management will be required. The international consultants will be expected to spend half of their time in the field with the balance in their home office. Thirty person months of domestic sector analysts will be required in urban economics/finance; infrastructure, service delivery and environment management; housing, urban renewal and social aspects; and governance, institutions and capacity development. Local urban development resource experts, one in each country, with extensive knowledge of urban issues, will be included in each team to provide high quality advice and guidance. Four and a half person months of three resource specialists is proposed. Two workshops will be held in each country to ensure the involvement of key stakeholders nationwide.
Responsible ADB Officer Liping Zheng
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban Development and Water Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development BankLiping Zhenglzheng@adb.orgAsian Development Bank
Timetable
Concept Clearance 10 Mar 2007
Fact Finding 03 May 2007 to 08 May 2007
MRM -
Approval 29 Nov 2007
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 19 Jan 2009
Last PDS Update 01 Mar 2011

TA 6423-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
29 Nov 2007 - 29 Nov 2007 31 Dec 2008 31 Dec 2011 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 29 Nov 2007 928,608.28

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