Regional: Strengthening the Asian Ombudsman Association

Sovereign Project | 42081-012 Status: Closed

Summary

The TA aims to strengthen the Asian Ombudsman Association (AOA) to enable it to help facilitate capacity development in member institutions, enabling them to become more efficient and responsive in their operations. It will support the establishment of an AOA resource center to facilitate a systematic exchange of ideas, experiences and best practices, and provide well-structured capacity building programs for member institutions. As AOA is strengthened, it may expand its membership by attracting Ombudsman in other Asian countries.

Latest Project Documents


Project Data Sheets (PDS) contain summary information on the project or program. Because the PDS is a work in progress, some information may not be included in its initial version but will be added as it becomes available. Information about proposed projects is tentative and indicative.

The Public Communications Policy (PCP) recognizes that transparency and accountability are essential to development effectiveness. It establishes the disclosure requirements for documents and information ADB produces or requires to be produced.

The Accountability Mechanism provides a forum where people adversely affected by ADB-assisted projects can voice and seek solutions to their problems and report alleged noncompliance of ADB's operational policies and procedures.

In preparing any country program or strategy, financing any project, or by making any designation of, or reference to, a particular territory or geographic area in this document, the Asian Development Bank does not intend to make any judgments as to the legal or other status of any territory or area.

 
Project Name Strengthening the Asian Ombudsman Association
Project Number 42081-012
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6465-REG: Strengthening the Asian Ombudsman Association
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 900,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management - Law and judiciary

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The TA aims to strengthen the Asian Ombudsman Association (AOA) to enable it to help facilitate capacity development in member institutions, enabling them to become more efficient and responsive in their operations. It will support the establishment of an AOA resource center to facilitate a systematic exchange of ideas, experiences and best practices, and provide well-structured capacity building programs for member institutions. As AOA is strengthened, it may expand its membership by attracting Ombudsman in other Asian countries.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The ADB supported a 2-year TA to the Asian Ombudsman Association (AOA), an organization of 23 accountability institutions in Asia that protect the public from acts of maladministration, bureaucratic inefficiaency, indifference, negligence, improper service and corruption.
Impact The impact of the TA will be improved governance and accountability mechanisms in AOA member countries. Over the long run, improved government accountability and ability to undertake corrective action will reduce corruption, inefficiency and the cost of doing business that adversely impact economic growth.

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome

More effective and

efficient AOA that is

able to provide better

services to its

member.

Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

The TA will support the establishment of a resource center within AOA, whose primary objective will be to support the operations of member institutions through effective knowledge management, dissemination and capacity development.

The resource center will undertake the following activities: (i) preparation and dissemination of knowledge products; (ii) knowledge sharing; (iii) capacity building activities; (iv) building an e-Library; and (v) establishing a Small Grants Facility that will provide grants to AOA members which are located in ADB DMCs.

1. Approved AOA

medium-term work

plan and

implemented

business model

2. AOA knowledge

products utilized

by members

3. AOA members

access information

through

knowledge sharing

mechanisms

4. AOA managed

targeted capacitydevelopment

activities improve

member

operations

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

The book on Ombudsmanship was published online.

The TA is expected to be financially closed on 15 September 2011.

Geographical Location Pakistan

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The Pakistan Federal Ombudsman has requested ADB support for strengthening AOA.
During Project Implementation International and national experts were engaged as resource persons for the capacity building programs, particularly those related to international best practices and norms.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services The TA will require 7 person-months of international experts and resource persons and 28 person-months of national consulting services. Of the national consultants, one expert will be engaged in a long-term basis to provide inputs on to enhance the effectiveness of the resource center. All experts, including resource persons and national consultants will be hired as individual consultants according to ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2007, as amended from time to time).

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Michiel Van der Auwera
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Public Management, Financial Sector and Trade Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
same as above
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines

Timetable

Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding 10 Mar 2008 to 24 Mar 2008
MRM -
Approval 24 Jun 2008
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 22 May 2008
Last PDS Update 02 Sep 2011

TA 6465-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
24 Jun 2008 - 24 Jun 2008 30 Jun 2010 15 Jun 2011 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
900,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 900,000.00 24 Jun 2008 779,232.40
Title Document Type Document Date
Strengthening the Asian Ombudsman Association TA Completion Reports Oct 2011
Strengthening the Asian Ombudsman Association Technical Assistance Reports Jun 2008

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards

Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

None currently available.

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

None currently available.

Related Publications

None currently available.


The Public Communications Policy (PCP) establishes the disclosure requirements for documents and information ADB produces or requires to be produced in its operations to facilitate stakeholder participation in ADB's decision-making. For more information, refer to the Safeguard Policy Statement, Operations Manual F1, and Operations Manual L3.

Requests for information may also be directed to the InfoUnit.