Regional: Building Capacity for Statistics in the Pacific

Sovereign Project | 44301-012 Status: Closed


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Project Name Building Capacity for Statistics in the Pacific
Project Number 44301-012
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7800-REG: Building Capacity for Statistics in the Pacific
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 1.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management - Economic affairs management - Public administration

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome

Updated and new social and economic indicators have been collected and generated through the four household surveys funded by the TA. The four surveys are: (i) Tonga Demographic Health Survey (DHS) 2012, (ii) Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES) 2013/2014, (iii) Nauru HIES 2012/2013, and (iv) Vanuatu DHS 2013. All four surveys have now been completed and reports summarizing results as well as data bases have been shared with ADB. Updated poverty indicators are being produced using results of household income and expenditure survey, which is currently being undertaken by ADB for FSM.

The PRISM website, developed and maintained by SPC in cooperation with Pacific National Statistical Organizations (NSOs), has been supported under the TA and is improving the time dissemination of statistical indicators on the Pacific countries.

In addition, TA resources have supported ADB's collaboration with NSOs and planning or finance ministries in Pacific DMCs, as well as development partners active in the Pacific region, in their efforts to implement the TYPSS through the PSSC the strategy created to oversee efforts to improve the consistency, efficiency, and timeliness of statistical indicators available for Pacific DMCs. These efforts support the outcome of enabling NSOs provide more accurate and comprehensive social and economic indicators.

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

Output 1

Data collection of the four household surveys supported under the TA has been completed. Outputs submitted to ADB include analytical reports, methodological report, sectoral fact sheets, and anonymized micro data. Final reports and fact sheets are available at PARD's statistics portal while micro data can be requested from the Project Officer.

Output 2

Latest social and economic indicators of the four PDMCs (Tonga, Nauru, FSM and Vanuatu) supported under the TA are now available and can be used to update the national accounts and balance of payments accounts to be compliant with SNA 93 standards and BPM6 standards, respectively.

Output 3

Supported NSOs have been assisted in producing additional outputs from the surveys they collect, e.g. poverty analysis and sectoral fact sheets. The analyses and additional publications prodcued using TA funds are available at PARD's statistics portal.

Output 4

The design of TYPSS Phase II (2014-15 to 2016-17) was endorsed by the PSSC on 21 October 2014. Part of the enhancement of the TYPSS in the new design is the creation of an independent Coordination Unit that will assist the PSSC and report directly to the PSSC to assist it in its role to oversee the efficient, effective, transparent, equitable and accountable implementation of the second phase of the TYPSS.

Through the TA, ADB has contributed significantly in the improvement of TYPSS and has played an important role in representing multilateral development partners in the selection committee for the TYPSS Coordinator. Pursuant to this goal, ADB staff have joined more than eight PSSC meetings and two meetings of the Heads of Planning and Statistics (commonly referred to as HOPS meeting). In cooperation with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Government of Australia, an independent secretariat for the PSSC staffed by a full time coordinator has been created (with DFAT support) and a mid-terms review of the TYPSS implementation has been completed with significant inputs from ADB.

Having delivered on project outputs and reached the revised end date of August 31, 2015, the TA is now in the process of closing TA accounts and preparing a final report and TA completion report.

Geographical Location Pacific (Regional)

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Stakeholder consultations through two regional discussions with heads of National Statistics Officers.
During Project Implementation The PSSC holds bi-annual meetings in the duration of the TA. In addition, ADB conducts consultation with development partners through bilateral meetings.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services

A team of consultants from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) was hired to manage the conduct of the four statistical surveys and the preparation of detailed reports, metadata, and anonymized micro data for the surveys.

A national coordinator was hired to assist in monitoring the performance of the TA and to assist in anonymizing household survey data.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Christopher Edmonds
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban, Social Development & Public Management Division, PARD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines


Concept Clearance 30 Sep 2010
Fact Finding 12 Jul 2010 to 14 Jul 2010
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 07 Oct 2010
Last PDS Update 15 Sep 2015

TA 7800-REG

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
30 Mar 2011 - 30 Mar 2011 31 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2015 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 1,000,000.00 150,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,150,000.00 30 Mar 2011 954,206.71

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