Regional: Greater Mekong Subregion: Phnom Penh Plan for Development Management IV

Sovereign Project | 43165-012

Summary

The PPP is an integral component of the GMS Human Resource Development (HRD) strategic framework specifically the education subsector and is listed in the action plan. It is in line with the strategic thrusts of the GMS regional cooperation strategy and program (RCSP) specifically pillar 3 on addressing health and other social, economic and capacity building issues associated with subregional linkages. The GMS RCSP places increasing emphasis on capacity development related to regional cooperation given the uneven levels of development among GMS countries and the inabilities to fully benefit from subregional cooperation. The PPP aims to bridge this gap primarily through learning programs for GMS civil servants and other complementary capacity development activities.

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Project Name Greater Mekong Subregion: Phnom Penh Plan for Development Management IV
Project Number 43165-012
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7431-REG: Greater Mekong Subregion Phnom Penh Plan for Development Management IV
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.40 million
TA 7431-REG: Greater Mekong Subregion Phnom Penh Plan for Development Management IV (2nd Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 750,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management - Public administration

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The PPP is an integral component of the GMS Human Resource Development (HRD) strategic framework specifically the education subsector and is listed in the action plan. It is in line with the strategic thrusts of the GMS regional cooperation strategy and program (RCSP) specifically pillar 3 on addressing health and other social, economic and capacity building issues associated with subregional linkages. The GMS RCSP places increasing emphasis on capacity development related to regional cooperation given the uneven levels of development among GMS countries and the inabilities to fully benefit from subregional cooperation. The PPP aims to bridge this gap primarily through learning programs for GMS civil servants and other complementary capacity development activities.
Impact GMS Government design and implement effective and efficient policies and strategies to promote regional cooperation. Indicators and Targets: 6 new regional policies or strategies for GMS agreed and implemented by 2015.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome GMS civil servants apply knowledge acquired and skills sets developed in their workplace. Indicators and Targets: 70% of GMS civil servants participating in PPP activities apply knowledge and skills set in their workplace by 31 December 2012.
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1) GMS government officials acquire knowledge and develop skills set - activities to be implemented include 10 learning programs per year participated by 480 civil servants and the attendance of 8 PPP fellows in world class institutions.

2) Knowledge acquisition, dissemination and networking on GMS cooperation improved - activities to be implemented as follows: (i) short learning events which includes 4 GMS Development Dialogues; (ii) Leaders Networking for Knowledge (LINK) alumni events organized in 5 GMS countries; (iii) expansion of collections, development of electronic databases and collaboration with other libraries and institutions in the learning resource centers (LRCs) in Cambodia and Lao PDR and establishment of a new LRC in Viet Nam; (iv) production of the electronic PPP Newsletter (Mekong Leaders); and (v) improvement of the PPP website.

3) High quality research on priority GMS development issues accessible to GMS civil servants- activities will include 4 research projects funded and research papers produced, 2 issues of the Journal of Greater Mekong Subregion Development Studies published, and 2 electronic policy-based publications produced.

4) An effective project management and performance monitoring system - activities will include the organization of Steering Committee and Advisory Board meetings, implementation of tracer studies in select learning programs, comprehensive evaluation and gathering of feedback on PPP activities through questionnaires for continuous improvement.

All the R-CDTA activities will be implemented from March 2010 to December 2012.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) RCDTA 7431 approved in December 2009, implementation started March 2010 to July 2012. Extension of TA sought till December 2012. The following have been accomplished as of September 2012: (i) 27 learning programs attended by 555 junior, middle and senior level officials at the levels of Director and above; (ii) 3 PPP fellows selected in March 2011 attended fellowship programs at Harvard University in July to August 2011 and 4 PPP 2010 fellows attended programs at Harvard and Oxford from June to August 2010 and London Business School in October and December 2010; (iii) GMS Development Dialogue on enhancing GMS and ASEAN complementarities and synergies held in July 2010 and on importance of border economic zones in December 2011; (iv) 16 Leaders Networking for Knowledge (LINK) alumni events held in 5 GMS countries; (v) efforts to expand institutional networks and improve products and services in the Learning Resource Centers (LRCs) in Cambodia and Lao PDR on-going, a new web-based data-base and catalogue system installed in the LRC in Cambodia and GMS-PPP section in National University of Laos set up; (vi) network of partners expanded and organized new learning programs with: School of Public Policy and Management at Tsinghua University (PRC); College of Europe (Belgium); United Nations University-Comparative Regional Integration Studies (Belgium); European Institute of Public Administration (The Netherlands); Guilin Institute of Tourism (PRC); National University of Laos (Lao PDR); and University of International Business and Economics (PRC); and (vii) 4 research papers, 4 policy briefs and special issue of the Journal of Greater Mekong Subregion Development Studies published as part of research program; Research Dissemination Event titled Pathways to Policy conducted in March 2012. PPP Steering Committee meeting held on 13 September 2012 to take stock of progress and chart future directions.
Geographical Location Lao People's Democratic Republic,People's Republic of China,Myanmar,Cambodia,Thailand,Viet Nam
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation

Stakeholder consultation and participation is done through the PPP's tested technical methodologies and in close coordination with properly functioning institutional mechanisms.

The PPP Steering Committee serves as the main mechanism for stakeholders participation and consultation. The GMS national coordinators, representatives of development partners and ADB who are members of the PPP steering committee conduct periodic review of the PPP to ensure its relevance and responsiveness to the needs of the GMS countries. The Steering Committee oversees the implementation of the PPP, while a PPP Advisory Board, composed of distinguished scholars and educators, provide strategic direction and technical guidance. The PPP learning programs are continually improved based on participant, capacity building partners and faculty/trainers feedback.

High level events in the GMS program such as the GMS summits, ministerial meetings and senior official meetings also serves as mechanisms for stakeholder consultations and assessment of the Plan. Moreover, other PPP activities such as alumni consultations, discussions with capacity building partners and teaching faculty, and dialogues with PPP focal persons in the GMS national secretariats also ensures stakeholder participation and consultations

Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The TA will be implemented through individually recruited international and national consultants who will work under the supervision of ADB staff responsible for administration of the TA. It is anticipated that 10 person-months of international i.e. capacity building specialist (10 pm) and120 person-months of national consultants namely: (i) program officer (24 pm) (ii) program analyst (24 pm) (iii) learning resource center administrators and information coordinators (24 pm each) will be required for TA implementation. The learning programs will be delivered both through institutions and through direct hiring of resource persons who will serve as faculty for the learning programs. The consultants and resource persons will be engaged by ADB in accordance with the Guidelines on the Use of Consultants by ADB and its Borrowers.
Responsible ADB Officer Alfredo Perdiguero
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Thailand Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong
Metro Manila, Philippines
P.O. Box 789, 1099 Manila,
Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 15 Oct 2009
Fact Finding 28 Feb 2009 to 13 Mar 2009
MRM -
Approval 10 Dec 2009
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 05 Apr 2010
Last PDS Update 28 Sep 2012

TA 7431-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
10 Dec 2009 - 10 Dec 2009 31 Mar 2012 31 May 2013 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
2,150,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,150,000.00 10 Dec 2009 3,144,952.28

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