China, People's Republic of: Building Equitable Opportunities into Social Assistance

Sovereign Project | 44026-012

Summary

The TA will explore (i) options for integrating rural and urban benefits and develop measures to extend benefits to include migrant workers in the cities and ensure more equitable provision of benefits across localities, (ii) strategies to strengthen the links between social assistance and employment services to help recipients find and maintain jobs and to promote job opportunities for recipients, and (iii) options for increasing knowledge and skills of local program administrators and frontline workers in delivering employment services for recipients and related services for their families.

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Project Name Building Equitable Opportunities into Social Assistance
Project Number 44026-012
Country China, People's Republic of
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7702-PRC: Building Equitable Opportunities into Social Assistance
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 400,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector Health - Health care finance
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The TA will explore (i) options for integrating rural and urban benefits and develop measures to extend benefits to include migrant workers in the cities and ensure more equitable provision of benefits across localities, (ii) strategies to strengthen the links between social assistance and employment services to help recipients find and maintain jobs and to promote job opportunities for recipients, and (iii) options for increasing knowledge and skills of local program administrators and frontline workers in delivering employment services for recipients and related services for their families.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The TA is in line with the PRC country partnership strategy, 2008-2010, which emphasizes inclusive growth and balanced development and responds to goals set for the Twelfth Five-Year Plan on supporting the rebalancing of growth strategy and mitigating the adverse impacts of the economic slowdown.

The TA aims to contribute to the achievement of social assistance goals in line with the Twelfth Five-Year Plan, including the building of a nationally integrated social assistance system that is capable of ensuring equitable provision of benefits, access to services, and creating and developing human resources in delivering services.

Impact Improved access to and delivery of social assistance and employment services for Minimum Living Standard Guarantee Scheme (MLSGS) beneficiaries.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Policy recommendations for MOCA on reforming social assistance adopted.
Progress Toward Outcome To be determined after completion of the project.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Policy and implementation recommendations for improving:

(i) integrating rural and urban dibao benefits,

(ii) strengthening the link between social assistance and employment services, and

(iii) increasing knowledge and skills of local program

2. Policy note on key TA recommendations developed and widely disseminated.

3. Two knowledge products on access for migrants and linking to employment services.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) TA Letter of Agreement signed 16 June 2011. In November 2011 a change in scope allowing for participants from MOCA to attend a study tour in the US focusing on social welfare and employment services was agreed to. Consulting services ongoing. Midterm report submitted by consultant. Final workshop scheduled on 22 March 2013.
Geographical Location PRC-wide
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Technical working groups for each of the themes will be established by MOCA with inputs from the consultants and ADB. Membership will be made up of relevant government ministries (Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security [MOHRSS], Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development [LGOP], etc.), local agencies, and donors such as the International Labour Organization. ADB will create an internal review group of technical experts and team leaders responsible for TA on similar themes such as rural pensions. A steering committee will be set up comprising representatives from MOHRSS, LGOP, the Ministry of Finance, MOCA, the Development Research Center of the State Council, and the National Development and Reform Commission to review and provide guidance for the research team from inception.
During Project Implementation

Mission fielded on 8 Oct 2011 to meet with MOCA regarding the suggested changes in the TA. ADB approved MOCA's proposal to add a study tour for six MOCA participants to the USA to learn about the welfare and employment programs. This is in direct support of the TA objectives. Funds to cover these changes would come from the elimination of one international consultant (2 person-months) and the addition of two extra national consultants.

Review misson was fielded on 19-20 March 2012. The 4 national consultants have been fielded. Five participants from the executing agency returned on 19 March 2012 from a 20-day study tour focused on understanding policy design and administration of social assistance and employment services programs in the United States. The executing agency requested that the TA implementation be delayed to better build on and integrate the findings from TA 7438-PRC: Strengthening the Antipoverty Effects of Social Assistance. Workshop for about 40 participants from Beijing and different provinces was conducted to support the recipients with the following agenda: (i) integrated social assistance system, (ii) social assisance programs for employment, (iii) labor market policies and employment services, and (iv) rural poverty alleviation policies.

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Consulting Services

A total of 36 person-months of consulting services (two international consultants totaling 4 person-months and two national consultants for a total of 32 person-months) will be required. Consultants will have (i) expertise in design of social assistance programs and policies including benefit rates, targeting, and monitoring and evaluation; (ii) in-depth knowledge of existing social assistance and employment promotion programs in the PRC, institutional frameworks, and monitoring and evaluation systems; and (iii) expertise in human resources in social assistance and employment promotion in the PRC. A national consultant will serve as the team leader. The consultants will be responsible for producing the TA's outputs and deliverables on time and for organizing and carrying out all TA activities including the working groups, survey, policy note, and knowledge products. The outline terms of reference for consultants are in Appendix 3. Technical working groups for each of the themes will be established by MOCA with inputs from the consultants and ADB. Membership will be made up of relevant government ministries (Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security [MOHRSS], Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development [LGOP], etc.), local agencies, and donors such as the International Labour Organization. ADB will create an internal review group of technical experts and team leaders responsible for TA on similar themes such as rural pensions. A steering committee will be set up comprising representatives from MOHRSS, LGOP, the Ministry of Finance, MOCA, the Development Research Center of the State Council, and the National Development and Reform Commission to review and provide guidance for the research team from inception.

In dialogue with MOCA and/or the DSA, ADB will recruit national and international experts to provide inputs as consultants. ADB will endorse the terms of reference, including the duration and expected results. All procurement under the TA will be carried out in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2010, as amended from time to time). Individual consultants will be chosen, as a range of specialists covering diverse aspects of social protection reform (benefit levels, labor market and employment services, etc.) are needed for the studies. The consultants will be selected based on their academic qualifications and relevant work experience. The proceeds of the TA will be disbursed in accordance with the Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (2010, as amended from time to time).

Responsible ADB Officer Wendy M. Walker
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban and Social Sectors Division, EARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Civil Affairs147 Beiheyan Dajie
Dongcheng District,
Beijing 100721
Timetable
Concept Clearance 04 Jun 2010
Fact Finding 08 Oct 2010 to 08 Oct 2010
MRM -
Approval 10 Dec 2010
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 07 Jul 2010
Last PDS Update 26 Mar 2013

TA 7702-PRC

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
10 Dec 2010 16 Jun 2011 16 Jun 2011 30 Sep 2012 30 Apr 2013 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
400,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 450,000.00 10 Dec 2010 317,384.07
Title Document Type Document Date
Building Equitable Opportunities into Social Assistance TA Completion Reports Mar 2014

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