Sri Lanka: Institutional Strengthening for Decentralized Service Delivery in the Water Sector

Sovereign Project | 41679-012

Summary

The TA will support the Government's and NWSDB's efforts to improve its management, especially financial management and regional operations within the context of the recent sector reforms and policies, including the establishment of a public utilities commission and its operationalization. Consequently, the impact of the TA has been defined to be 'Improved Operational Efficiency and Management Performance in the Water Sector'.

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Project Name Institutional Strengthening for Decentralized Service Delivery in the Water Sector
Project Number 41679-012
Country Sri Lanka
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7078-SRI: Institutional Strengthening for Decentralized Service Delivery in the Water Sector
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 700,000.00
Cooperation Fund for the Water Sector US$ 50,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Rural water policy, institutional and capacity development
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The TA will support the Government's and NWSDB's efforts to improve its management, especially financial management and regional operations within the context of the recent sector reforms and policies, including the establishment of a public utilities commission and its operationalization. Consequently, the impact of the TA has been defined to be 'Improved Operational Efficiency and Management Performance in the Water Sector'.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The TA is in line with the country strategy which aims to provide the necessary environment and capacity development to (i) allow increased institutional capacity at the local level, (ii) enable the Government to establish adequate regulatory and institutional frameworks, (iii) improving the sector?s performance through introducing adequate benchmarking and monitoring mechanisms.
Impact The TA will support Government and NWSDB efforts to improve water sector utilities' management, especially financial management, and regional operations within the context of recent sector reforms and policies, including operationalization of credible regulation. Consequently, the impact of the TA is defined as improved operating efficiency and management performance in the water sector.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome The outcomes are (i) NWSDB service delivery functions decentralized and (ii) NWSDB internal monitoring and regulatory systems operationalized.
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs The TA is to deliver four specific outputs: (i) regional benchmarking and regional business development plans, (ii) a capacity development program for decentralized service delivery, (iii) a 5-year asset management plan for NWSDB, and (iv) a program to facilitate internal monitoring and regulation in NWSDB.
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Sri Lanka - country wide
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 A team of international and national consultants will be selected and recruited through a firm using the quality- and cost-based selection method to provide a total of 76.5 person-months of consulting services: 14.5 person-months of international consulting, and 62 person-months of national consulting. The international consultants will include experts in water utility institutions, financial management and tariffs, commercial operations, and water sector regulations. The national consultants will include experts in financial analysis, training, environment and safety compliance, auditing, human resource management, evaluation and monitoring, customer services, project accounting, and water engineering.
Responsible ADB Officer Nishanthi Manjula Amerasinghe
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Sri Lanka Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Water Supply and Drainage R.S. GeorgeNational Water Supply and Drainage Board
Timetable
Concept Clearance 16 Nov 2007
Fact Finding 22 Nov 2007 to 30 Nov 2007
MRM -
Approval 24 Apr 2008
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 17 Dec 2007
Last PDS Update 29 Oct 2010

TA 7078-SRI

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
24 Apr 2008 03 Apr 2009 03 Apr 2009 30 Jun 2009 30 Jun 2010 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
700,000.00 50,000.00 250,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 24 Apr 2008 658,025.96

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