Regional: Strengthening Pacific Economic Analysis and Policy Development

Sovereign Project | 41650-012

Summary

The TA is designed to strengthen strategy and policy analyses, understanding, discussion and formulation, and thereby advance the pro-poor policy agenda and the development of capacity for the same. It will focus on the endemic constraints to improving public and private sector productivity through (i) participatory local formulation of policies and institutions that work to reduce poverty, and (ii) the local formulation of strategies that can address the lack of acceptance of reform. While solutions will be different for each Pacific DMC, and approaches to these solutions also will have to be tailored to each country's circumstance, the common nature of the constraints to improved productivity and poverty reduction justifies a regional approach.

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Project Name Strengthening Pacific Economic Analysis and Policy Development
Project Number 41650-012
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6463-REG: Strengthening Pacific Economic Analysis and Policy Development
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.50 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector Public sector management - Economic affairs management - Law and judiciary - Public administration
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description The TA is designed to strengthen strategy and policy analyses, understanding, discussion and formulation, and thereby advance the pro-poor policy agenda and the development of capacity for the same. It will focus on the endemic constraints to improving public and private sector productivity through (i) participatory local formulation of policies and institutions that work to reduce poverty, and (ii) the local formulation of strategies that can address the lack of acceptance of reform. While solutions will be different for each Pacific DMC, and approaches to these solutions also will have to be tailored to each country's circumstance, the common nature of the constraints to improved productivity and poverty reduction justifies a regional approach. This will be aided by (i) economic and social updates, (ii) other sector and thematic updates, (iii) institutional and organizational assessments of capacity, and (iv) informed participatory drafting by governments and civil societies of individual Pacific DMC pro-poor policy briefs and development strategies that will address the means for improving public and private sector productivity (i.e., address the priorities of the poor in the Pacific). The dissemination of findings and recommendations will be emphasised.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The RETA is included in the 2007 Pacific Regional Operations Business Plan (2007-2010).
Impact Improved strategies, and policies for achieving economic growth and reducing hardship and poverty in the Pacific developing member countries (DMCs)
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Recommendations contained in economic reports, thematic studies and policy briefs used by Pacific DMC

governments, civil society, and media

Progress Toward Outcome This will be assessed later.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

At least 9 pro-poor policy briefings on economic and poverty issues presented to Pacific DMCs within 36 months of the start of the TA.

At least 6 public forums in support of policy briefs held within 36 months of the start of the TA.

At least 4 PIERs and 12 thematic studies published within 36 months of the start of the TA.

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

The TA is supporting regular publication of a series of Pacific Policy Briefs on topical development issues in the Pacific. Three policy briefs have so far been produced: "Living with High Prices," "Navigating the Global Storm," and "Taking the Helm."

None have been held so far.

The Vanuatu and Solomon PIERs were published in February 2010 and August 2010 respectively. The Fiji PIER is currently being finalized and is targeted for publication in February 2011. RETA 6463 will also fund the residual updating and editing of the Palau, Samoa and Tonga PIERs carried over from the previous RETA 6245

The TA has also so far supported the publication of the "Kiribati Political Economy" report (Ron Duncan, published in May 2009), "Strengthening the Pacific Fragile States: the Marshall Islands Example" (published in December 2009), "Mainstreaming Climate Change in ADB Operations: Climate Change Implementation Plan" (published in March 2010) and "Transparency to the People" (published in September 2010).

It will also support the publication of the following studies:

a) State Performance and Capacity in the Pacific (target date of publication: October 2010);

b) The Political Economy of the Pacific (all case studies completed, report currently being edited, target date of publication: December 2010);

c) Multiple Landfalls (target date of publication: June 2011);

d) Managing for Competition (target date of publication: May 2011);

e) Pacific growth (target date of publication: June 2011); and

f) Stocktake Reports of Gender Mainstreaming Capacity (target date of publication: September 2011).

Geographical Location Pacific DMCs
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Responsible ADB Officer Emma M. Veve
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Office of the Director General, PARD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development BankMr. Sungsup Rasungsupra@adb.orgPacific Department, Asian Development Bank
Timetable
Concept Clearance 19 Feb 2008
Fact Finding 11 Mar 2007 to 25 Mar 2007
MRM -
Approval 09 Jun 2008
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 03 Oct 2008
Last PDS Update 01 Mar 2011

TA 6463-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
09 Jun 2008 - 09 Jun 2008 31 Dec 2010 31 Dec 2013 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,500,000.00 09 Jun 2008 1,734,728.07

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