Bhutan: Strengthening Public Management

Sovereign Project | 43472-012

Summary

The TA will build on the work of an ongoing TA project that is delivering leadership and management training for government officials, and on another TA project on strengthening public financial management. It will support local government finance reforms and the mainstreaming of regulatory impact analysis in policy making. The TA will pioneer innovative activities in local government finance, e-governance, social audit, civil service, and regulatory reform.

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Title Document Date
Strengthening Public Management Dec 2010

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Project Name Strengthening Public Management
Project Number 43472-012
Country Bhutan
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7724-BHU: Strengthening Public Management
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 850,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector Public sector management - Decentralization - Economic affairs management
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description The TA will build on the work of an ongoing TA project that is delivering leadership and management training for government officials, and on another TA project on strengthening public financial management. It will support local government finance reforms and the mainstreaming of regulatory impact analysis in policy making. The TA will pioneer innovative activities in local government finance, e-governance, social audit, civil service, and regulatory reform.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The technical assistance (TA) will respond to a request by the Government of Bhutan for support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to accelerate and consolidate key aspects of its governance and development agenda. The TA for Strengthening Public Management is included in the Bhutan country operations business plan (2011-2013). A consultation mission in September 2010 and a fact-finding mission in November 2010 formulated the goals and strategies of the TA and designed its corresponding activities. Extensive discussion with government officials has resulted in mutual agreement on the design and monitoring framework and outline terms of references for consultants.

The TA supports the government's priorities outlined in its Tenth Five-Year Plan (2008-2013), which identifies decentralized governance as a crosscutting development strategy. The TA also supports the implementation of Bhutan's recently drafted local government capacity development strategy and a newly proposed municipal finance policy.

The TA supports ADB's Bhutan country partnership strategy. By improving the regulatory regime to allow for local governments to become more self-financing, the TA will foster the strategy's first pillar of broad-based economic growth. By helping streamline public services and making them more accessible, the TA contributes to its second pillar, inclusive development. The TA's support for social audits and regulatory impact analysis strengthens public management and contributes to the strategy's third pillar of good governance.

Impact The impact of the TA will be more effective public sector management at the national and local levels in Bhutan to improve social welfare and the business environment.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Enhanced capacity of the national and local governments to deliver public services that are responsive to the needs and preferences of citizens and businesses.
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Assessment of policy reform alternatives for local government finance

Conduct of land valuation of select municipalities using best practice methods

Review and monitoring of the installation and operations of the government-to- citizen (G2C) project

Tax administration management information system established and linked to G2C e-governance portal

Conduct of citizens feedback surveys of select districts and municipalities

Management development training for national and local officials

Secondment and exchange program between select central government agencies and local governments

Delivery of basic and advance level training on regulatory impact analysis

Special courses on regulatory impact analysis for senior government executives

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) All activities have been finalized. The consulting team is still providing inputs to the implementation of RAMIS, the revenue administration management information system
Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design tbd
During Project Implementation tbd
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services A consulting firm has been contracted to implement the TA.
Responsible ADB Officer Natalie D. Bertsch
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Public Management, Financial Sector and Trade Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of FinanceRoyal Government of Bhutan
Thimphu, Bhutan
Attention: Director
Timetable
Concept Clearance 19 Oct 2010
Fact Finding 04 Nov 2010 to 07 Nov 2010
MRM -
Approval 15 Dec 2010
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 16 Mar 2015

TA 7724-BHU

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
15 Dec 2010 30 Mar 2011 30 Mar 2011 31 Dec 2013 31 Dec 2014 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
850,000.00 0.00 40,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 890,000.00 15 Dec 2010 837,285.23
Title Document Type Document Date
Strengthening Public Management Technical Assistance Reports Dec 2010

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