Regional: Collaborative Research and Advisory Services on Public Sector Management

Sovereign Project | 44500-001

Summary

The TA is anchored on two core concepts that affect the quality of development work of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in the Asia-Pacific region: (i) good governance, including effective public sector management (PSM), and (ii) knowledge generation and dissemination in PSM, and partnership with institutions as part of the ADB's commitment to drivers of change in Strategy 2020. With respect to enhancing knowledge generation and dissemination in PSM, a partnership with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) in Singapore will be established given its mission to train the next generation of Asian policymakers and leaders, and the very close alignment with its objective (of raising the standards of governance throughout the region and improving the lives of the region's people) and that of ADB (poverty reduction in the Asia Pacific region).

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Project Name Collaborative Research and Advisory Services on Public Sector Management
Project Number 44500-001
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7899-REG: Collaborative Research and Advisory Services on Public Sector Management
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector Public sector management - Decentralization - Public administration - Public expenditure and fiscal management
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description

The TA is anchored on two core concepts that affect the quality of development work of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in the Asia-Pacific region: (i) good governance, including effective public sector management (PSM), and (ii) knowledge generation and dissemination in PSM, and partnership with institutions as part of the ADB's commitment to drivers of change in Strategy 2020. With respect to enhancing knowledge generation and dissemination in PSM, a partnership with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) in Singapore will be established given its mission to train the next generation of Asian policymakers and leaders, and the very close alignment with its objective (of raising the standards of governance throughout the region and improving the lives of the region's people) and that of ADB (poverty reduction in the Asia Pacific region). Partnering with LKYSPP on PSM-related areas will help showcase ADB as a proactive knowledge institution by putting ideas into practice and by emphasizing applied research to better inform PSM ideas. This will directly help ADB regional departments in their work. Strengthening such partnerships enables ADB to fulfill one of its major roles as a multilateral development bank to promote learning and innovation to the benefit of developing member countries.

The TA will enable ADB to draw upon the expertise and breadth of reach of a premier academic institution and think tank in Asia - the LKYSPP in Singapore. The knowledge outputs generated from a partnership with LKYSPP will not only position ADB at the core of knowledge sharing on PSM in Asia and Pacific but will also inform and frame the public management debate in the region.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The proposed Technical Assistance (TA) project stems from the need for developing countries to improve public sector management (PSM) so that they can better manage their economies and help deliver public services more efficiently and effectively.
Impact Better informed PSM policies, programs, and practitioners in the DMCs of the Asia-Pacific region
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Knowledge generation and dissemination of good practice in public policy and PSM related to ADB operations in the Asia-Pacific region
Progress Toward Outcome Knowledge generation and dissemination activities were undertaken in partnership with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. The objective was to create synergy between practice and analytics to generate applied knowledge on public sector management that can be shared with ADB''s Developing Member Countries (DMCs) to improve the capacity of their public sectors in managing their development. Under the research component, the TA produced five policy-oriented research outputs that were the product of collaboration between academics and ADB practitioners. The findings of the research papers were presented in a conference attended by government policy makers, academics, civil society groups and other international organizations. Government officials who were trained under the Executive Training component of the TA will be able to apply the knowledge gained and the new methods and policy tools that they learned to improve their policy implementation processes in their respective agencies. The government officials also learned from the experiences and challenges faced by their colleagues from other countries.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Research products in public policy and PSM

2. Public policy and PSM conference and associated forums and workshops

3. Training on sub-national financing policies, including the role of the private sector

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.

Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The senior leadership of LKYSPP and ADB supported the partnership. ADB and LKYSPP jointly developed the research topics and training module. The Government of Singapore, especially the Ministry of Finance (by virtue of LKYSPP's institutional links within the Government, through the National University of Singapore) was also aware and supportive of the proposed TA project.
During Project Implementation LKYSPP and ADB project officers worked closely as partners throughout implementation.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The following consultants will be recruited: Project Coordinator (individual - national), Advisor (individual - international) and Events Manager (firm - national)
Responsible ADB Officer Christopher I. Morris
Responsible ADB Department SDCC
Responsible ADB Division SDGG
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong
Metro Manila, Philippines
P.O. Box 789, 1099 Manila,
Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 25 Jun 2011
Fact Finding 12 May 2011 to 13 May 2011
MRM -
Approval 19 Oct 2011
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 18 Dec 2014

TA 7899-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
19 Oct 2011 - 19 Oct 2011 31 Oct 2013 31 Dec 2013 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 500,000.00 19 Oct 2011 285,904.72

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