|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
1. Five policy-oriented research outputs were delivered addressing the following topics: (i) fiscal decentralization and infrastructure finance in Indonesia; (ii) equitable and sustainable framework for natural resource management in Mongolia; (iii) role of microfinance in promoting financial inclusion in Pakistan; (iv) public private partnerships in the water sector in India; and (v) health sector governance in the People's Republic of China. The research products were subject to a peer review process with inputs both from ADB as well as experts from DMCs to ensure their relevance for policy makers.
2. The findings from the research component of the project were presented at the international conference Getting Policies and Practices Right: Public Sector Management Issues in Asia which brought together policy makers, academics, as well as non-government organizations and civil society groups, and other international organizations on 28 October 2013 at LKYSPP. A panel of high-level experts and practitioners from the five countries featured in the research was invited by LKYSPP for the conference in consultation with ADB. Several ADB staff members also served as panel members. The conference was attended by 85 participants. Feedback from members of the panel and the audience was incorporated into the final research papers. The conference was an important forum to share the findings of the research and for knowledge dissemination.
3. Eleven senior level government officials from Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Georgia, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Tajikistan attended the 3-day training at LKYSPP on subnational finance. The training program was both technically and administratively well prepared and benefitted from close collaboration between LKYSPP and ADB staff. Participants were well targeted from countries interested in or in the process of pursuing fiscal decentralization. The approach of combining LKYSPP teaching with more practical examples from ADB projects in the same technical areas appeared to be a powerful tool for facilitating learning of senior government officials. Two ADB staff members served as resource persons at the event. Post-training evaluation by participants showed a strong degree of satisfaction with the module.