China, People's Republic of: Strengthening Participatory Irrigation Management and Project Management Capacity in Qinghai Province

Sovereign Project | 42016-032

Summary

The TA will (i) review the current national and provincial policy and framework on PIM and irrigation reform in the PRC and Qinghai, (ii) assess the comprehensiveness of the policy and framework in meeting the needs of existing regulatory requirements in Qinghai, (iii) propose a comprehensive institutional framework for PIM and the WUAs in the province; (iv) develop a plan to implement PIM in the proposed loan project area; (v) improve the institutional capacity for project management and implementation; and (vi) assist the executing agency in establishing a computer-based information system to monitor and evaluate the impacts, outcomes, and outputs of the investment projects in the sector.

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Project Name Strengthening Participatory Irrigation Management and Project Management Capacity in Qinghai Province
Project Number 42016-032
Country China, People's Republic of
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7731-PRC: Strengthening Participatory Irrigation Management and Project Management Capacity in Qinghai Province
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Irrigation - Water-based natural resources management

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description

The TA will (i) review the current national and provincial policy and framework on PIM and irrigation reform in the PRC and Qinghai, (ii) assess the comprehensiveness of the policy and framework in meeting the needs of existing regulatory requirements in Qinghai, (iii) propose a comprehensive institutional framework for PIM and the WUAs in the province; (iv) develop a plan to implement PIM in the proposed loan project area; (v) improve the institutional capacity for project management and implementation; and (vi) assist the executing agency in establishing a computer-based information system to monitor and evaluate the impacts, outcomes, and outputs of the investment projects in the sector.

The TA has three components: (i) program design and training for PIM implementation and support to help farmers adopt advanced irrigation and farming technology, (ii) capacity development for effective project implementation and management, and (iii) support for the establishment of a project performance M&E system.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

During the 2009 country programming mission, the Government of the People's Republic of China (PRC) requested technical assistance (TA) from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to strengthen participatory irrigation management (PIM) and project management capacity in Qinghai Province. The TA will complement the proposed Qinghai Rural Water Resources Management Project, which is scheduled for Board consideration in 2011. The TA is expected to play a crucial role in expediting irrigation management reforms and promoting monitoring and evaluation capacity development in Qinghai Province. During the fact-finding mission for the TA, which coincided with that for the proposed loan project, an understanding was reached with the Qinghai provincial government on the impact, outcome, outputs, cost, financing, and implementation of the TA.

The TA will complement the measures taken under the proposed loan project and help address four priority issues identified by sector analysis, and capacity and risk assessments undertaken during the preparation of the proposed loan project. These are (i) poor participation by the province's farmers in irrigation management, (ii) insufficient adoption by farmers of diversified and commercial cropping, (iii) the weak project management capacity of the executing and implementing agencies, and (iv) the need to establish a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system to achieve targeted development impacts and outcomes. The TA will also support the implementation of the gender action plan and ethnic minority development plans prepared under the proposed loan project through capacity development in the executing and implementing agencies. The TA, together with the proposed loan project, will help build institutional capacity for PIM and irrigated agricultural development at the provincial and local levels. The participatory nature of PIM will make management of the water sector more transparent and reduce the likelihood of water conflicts. Stakeholder analysis and participatory approaches will also enable a better understanding of the potential social impacts of irrigation water allocation decisions and thereby lead to better management of potentially adverse social impacts, particularly in minority regions.

Impact Improved irrigation system performance in Qinghai province
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Strengthened capacity of the Qinghai provincial government to implement irrigated agriculture development effectively
Progress Toward Outcome To be assessed when preparing the TA completion report.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Program design and training for implementation of participatory irrigation management and support to farmers for adoption of advanced irrigation and farming technology

Capacity development for effective project implementation and management

Support for the establishment of a project performance M&E system

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) The TA project was completed in February 2014. All outputs were successfully delivered including: (i) program design and training for implementation of participatory irrigation management (PIM) and support to farmers for adoption of advanced irrigation and farming technology; (ii) capacity development for effective project implementation and management; and (iii) support for the establishment of a project performance monitoring and evaluation system. An institutional framework for irrigation management and an implementation plan for PIM were prepared for Qinghai Province in consultation with stakeholders. A brochure for rural women on how they can both contribute and benefit from irrigation management was prepared together with a more detailed manual for officials on the importance of gender issues and how they should be addressed. A computer based management information system was established with modules for project management, financial management, and performance monitoring. Training workshops were also delivered on PIM, gender, agricultural diversification and intensification, project management and administration, and monitoring and evaluation.
Geographical Location The project area is in the counties of Hualong, Jianzha, and Xunhua in the eastern part of Qinghai province
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Coincide with the consultation with the proposed Qinghai Rural Water Resources Management Project, extensive consultations have been conducted with the relevant government agencies at provincial, prefecture, and county levels; village heads, farmer associations, and farmers; and universities and research institutes in the province.
During Project Implementation Continued consultation with key stakeholders will be conducted during TA implementation. In particular, the TA will help promote farmers' participation in operation and maintenance of irrigation facilities.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The TA will require an estimated 16 person-months of international consulting services and 44 person-months of national consulting services. The indicative international consultants include (i) an irrigation management specialist and team leader (12 person-months), (ii) a social development specialist (2 person-months), and (iii) an M&E specialist (2 person-months). The indicative national consultants include (i) a project management specialist and deputy team leader (9 person-months), (ii) a PIM specialist (6 person-months), (iii) an M&E specialist (2 person-months), (iv) an agricultural extension and marketing specialist (2 person-months), (v) a social development specialist (3 person-months), (vi) a management information system specialist (4 person-months), and (vii) software program developers (18 person-months).
Procurement A consulting firm will be engaged by ADB in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time), using the quality- and cost-based selection method with a quality-cost ratio of 80:20 and simplified technical proposal. Equipment to be purchased under the TA will be procured following ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2010, as amended from time to time).
Responsible ADB Officer Xin Shen
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division PRC Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Qinghai Provincial Government (QPG)18 Kunlun Road, Xining
Qinghai Province 81001
People's Republic of China
Timetable
Concept Clearance 17 Aug 2009
Fact Finding 17 Aug 2009 to 28 Aug 2009
MRM -
Approval 16 Dec 2010
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 27 Mar 2014

TA 7731-PRC

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
16 Dec 2010 17 Jan 2011 17 Jan 2011 30 Sep 2013 28 Feb 2014 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
500,000.00 0.00 180,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 680,000.00 16 Dec 2010 699,734.59

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