43069-012: Livelihood Improvement for River Erosion Victims in Assam

Project Data Sheet (PDS): Details


Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction project is linked to the ADB-financed Assam Integrated Flood and Riverbank Erosion Risk Management Investment Program. Linkage to ADB Strategy Country Partnership Strategy 2009-2012 Document Number: Sec.M16-09 Objectives: Support for inclusive and environmentally sustainable growth; catalyze investment though the use of innovative business and financing solutions; increase results orientation and emphasize knowledge solutions; support for regional cooperation. Strategy 2020: The Long-Term Strategic Framework of ADB 2008-2020 Objectives: Promotes inclusive growth and poverty reduction; supports rural infrastructure development for irrigation, water resources, and agriculture marketing

Impact

Reduced poverty of communities vulnerable to river erosion in Dibrugarh, Palabasri and Kaziranga

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome

Increased livelihood opportunities and incomes of river erosion victims in 3 subproject sites in Assam, including women.

Progress Towards Outcome

It is too early to assess progress toward outcome as the project team is still being recruited.

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs

(1) Improved skills in spinning and increased market access; (2) Improved weaving skills and increased market access. (3) Improved vegetable production skills and market access. (4) Educated youth learn new employable skills, and (5) Youth learn to set up microenterprises (6) Increased capacities of project management and implementation of NGOs

Status of Operation/Construction or Implementation Progress

The project has suffered from singificant start-up delays caused by delays in recruiting implementation NGOs. Substantial progress in recruitment has nevertheless been achieved, and ther recruitment is now in the final stage. These NGOs are expected to be mobilized by end-November 2014. A livelihood and coordination consultant was mobilized in September 2013, and he has since assisted the project in the overall start-up activities, including preparation of the recruitment documents. The recruitment of a monitoring and evaluation consultant is currently in its final stage and mobilization is expected before November 2014.

Safeguard Categories

Environment: C
Involuntary Resettlement: C
Indigenous Peoples: C

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspect
Project activities focus on beneficiaries' skills improvement and capacity building to access services and market opportunities. No social or environmental safeguard issues are envisaged.

Involuntary Resettlement
Project activities focus on beneficiaries' skills improvement and capacity building to access services and market opportunities. No social or environmental safeguard issues are envisaged.

Indigenous Peoples
Project activities focus on beneficiaries' skills improvement and capacity building to access services and market opportunities. No social or environmental safeguard issues are envisaged.

Stakeholder Participation and Consultation

During Project Design
During project design, local NGOs and several women's SHGs were consulted to assess the extent and level of participation in existing programs by beneficiaries. Local NGOs have a high level of participation, and potential project beneficiaries were generally satisfied with the extent to which their views and ideas were considered.

During Project Implementation
Local NGOs will be contracted to implement the main activities relating to the development of economic opportunities and livelihoods, largely through building and expanding successful participatory programs. Much of the work by local NGOs has been through producer groups and SHGs.



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Timetable

Concept Clearance
01 Sep 2008

Fact-finding
27 Jan 2009 to 05 Feb 2009

Approval
05 Oct 2012

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