Mongolia: Ulaanbaatar Water and Sanitation Services and Planning Improvement

Sovereign Project | 43361-012

Summary

The TA will identify potential areas for ADB lending in urban services and will provide key policy recommendations to improve services and regulations in the planning, delivery, and coverage of municipal infrastructure services. The TA will focus on water and sanitation services and ger areas. The road map will be built on experiences of ADB, other donors, and international organizations in water, sanitation and ger areas development. The main lessons learned from past interventions show that institutional and capacity weaknesses are key constraints; and social environment and consultation, close dialogue with the Government, and integration into the urban planning and development are key parameters for project design.

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Project Name Ulaanbaatar Water and Sanitation Services and Planning Improvement
Project Number 43361-012
Country Mongolia
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7591-MON: Ulaanbaatar Water and Sanitation Services and Planning Improvement
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 600,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector Water and other urban infrastructure and services - Urban policy, institutional and capacity development - Urban sewerage - Urban water supply
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The TA will identify potential areas for ADB lending in urban services and will provide key policy recommendations to improve services and regulations in the planning, delivery, and coverage of municipal infrastructure services. The TA will focus on water and sanitation services and ger areas. The road map will be built on experiences of ADB, other donors, and international organizations in water, sanitation and ger areas development. The main lessons learned from past interventions show that institutional and capacity weaknesses are key constraints; and social environment and consultation, close dialogue with the Government, and integration into the urban planning and development are key parameters for project design. Based on those previous experiences the road map will be: (i) demand-driven and participatory in approach, (ii) based on a long-term development vision for the city and an analysis of the city's competitive advantages, (iii) assessed not only in terms of the sector but also in the broader context of urban development, (iv) integrated in the local or city master plan, (v) closely coordinated with the Government and other donors activities, and (vi) will early identify institutional and capacity issues for an efficient implementation of the road map investments. The TA will help ADB act as a strong partner in policy dialogue at multiple levels of government and foster strategic partnerships with the private sector and bilateral donors.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The TA is directly linked to ADB's Urban Sector Roadmap for Mongolia in recommending investment where the potential return is greatest. Ulaanbaatar is singled out as one of the key target areas. The roadmap highlights the following as focal points for assistance: (i) improving urban planning and management; (ii) enhancing infrastructure service prioritization, planning, and maintenance; and (iii) developing innovative approaches to attracting private sector involvement in urban services provision.
Impact Improved water and sanitation services in Ulaanbaatar
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Integrated road map in water and sanitation sector for Ulaanbaatar
Progress Toward Outcome

TA completion date has been extended to 31 May 2012.

The Final Report was submitted in November 2011.

TA completion date was extended to 30 September 2012 to allow sufficient time to approve and process the final payment to consultants and to complete the procedural requirements to close the TA account.

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Strategic analysis of UB urban development and assessment of infrastructure provision.

2. Priority recommendation on policy and institutional reforms.

3. Plan for priority knowledge products, policy dialogues, capacity building, and quality projects.

4. Plan to optimize synergies between various assistance modalities and the private sector.

5. Project concept paper on priority investments to be prepared for the 2011 PPTA.

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

Completed

Completed

Completed

Completed

Completed

Geographical Location Ulaanbaatar
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The TA has been conceptualized in close cooperation with the government, the MUB, and related agencies. Meetings have also been held with main development partners, NGOs, local and international experts.
During Project Implementation

The TA has been implemented in close cooperation with Government agencies, Ulaanbaatar municipal agencies, local government, resident communities, and other donors and NGOs involved in the related sector.

Three workshops had disseminated the findings of each component, assuring stakeholders involvement in selecting investment proposals and institutional reforms. Extended consultation meetings and surveys have been undertook in the targeted locations for future investment. Several individual meetings took place with the mains related stakeholders and partners. Comments and suggestions collected during the consultation process has been reflected in the consultant reports.

Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

The consultants involved in component 1 or hired through the supplementary provision for consultants will be engaged as individual consultants in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time). Individual international consultants (7 person-months) will be supported by four national consultants (12 person-months). The supplementary individual consultants will provide an estimated 3 person-months of consultancy, distributed as 1 person-month of international consultancy and supported by 2 person-months of national consultancy.

The consultants for components 2 and 3 will be engaged through a consulting firm in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time). A consulting firm will be recruited for 9 person-months of international consultancy supported by 16 person-months of national consultancy. The firm will be selected based on the quality- and cost- based selection method based on the quality of the proposal (90%) and the cost (10%) of the services to be provided, using a simplified technical proposal. ADB's simplified technical proposal will be used to select and engage the consultants.

Responsible ADB Officer Arnaud Heckmann
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban and Social Sectors Division, EARD
Executing Agencies
Municipal Government of UlaanbaatarMr. Bat Choimpogchoimpogbat@yahoo.comUlaanbaatar, Mongolia
Timetable
Concept Clearance 24 May 2010
Fact Finding 29 Mar 2010 to 02 Apr 2010
MRM -
Approval 03 Sep 2010
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 28 Jul 2010
Last PDS Update 21 Sep 2012

TA 7591-MON

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
03 Sep 2010 30 Sep 2010 30 Sep 2010 31 May 2011 30 Sep 2012 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 600,000.00 70,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 670,000.00 03 Sep 2010 562,046.98

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