Regional: Collaborative Research and Advisory Services on Public Sector Management

Sovereign Project | 44500-001 Status: Closed


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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
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
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
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 Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Christopher Morris
Responsible ADB Department Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department
Responsible ADB Division SDGG
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines


Concept Clearance 25 Jun 2011
Fact Finding 12 May 2011 to 13 May 2011
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 18 Dec 2014

TA 7899-REG

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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