Mongolia: Ulaanbaatar Urban Services and Ger Areas Development Investment Program

Sovereign Project | 45007-003 Status: Active


The Asian Development Bank is working with Mongolia to improve the lives of people living the country’s ger areas, or traditional tent communities. The program is providing and improving infrastructure and services in a variety of ways. This includes improving access to banking, lending and other financial facilities; upgrading transport systems; improving land use planning; upgrading water supply and waste water systems; and improving heating systems.

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Project Name Ulaanbaatar Urban Services and Ger Areas Development Investment Program
Project Number 45007-003
Country Mongolia
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant: Ulaanbaatar Urban Services Development Investment Program
Urban Environmental Infrastructure Fund under the Urban Financing Partnership Facility US$ 3.70 million
MFF Facility Concept 0078-MON: Ulaanbaatar Urban Services and Ger Areas Development Investment Program
Asian Development Fund US$ 56.00 million
Ordinary capital resources US$ 104.00 million
MFF Facility Concept: Ulaanbaatar Urban Services and Ger Areas Development Investment Program
European Investment Bank US$ 60.30 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Water and other urban infrastructure and services - Water and other urban infrastructure and services

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

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome The loan and grant projects under MFF 0078 were approved on 17 Dec 2013 and became effective on 24 Sep 2014. The EIB loan and project agreements for Tranche 1 were signed and disbursement conditions are almost completed. The feasibility study for Tranche 2 will commence in Sep 2015 and will be ready for approval by the ADB Board by Q3 2016.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) Implementation of Tranche 1 is ongoing. Four out of five consulting firm service packages (detailed design sewerage collector mains, program management support, community engagement and SME development, and urban planning and subcenter development) were awarded and consultants were mobilized accordingly. Three civil works contracts financed by EIB for the construction of sewerage network collectors for Bayankhoshuu and Selbe subcenters are in advanced stage of procurement processing.
Geographical Location

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects The environmental safeguard category for Project 1 is B--- anticipated impacts from infrastructure components are site-specific and reversible, are not unprecedented in scale, and mitigation measures can be easily designed. An initial environmental examination for Project 1, and an environment assessment and review framework for the entire investment program were prepared and disclosed on ADB's website in accordance with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009).
Involuntary Resettlement A land acquisition and resettlement framework for the investment program as a whole and resettlement plans for individual subprojects were prepared and disclosed on ADB's website. In view of the preliminary analysis which indicated significant land acquisition and involuntary resettlement, the involuntary resettlement category for Project 1 is A. During PPTA, efforts were made to minimize resettlement.
Indigenous Peoples The categorization for indigenous peoples is C . The review of the subcenters done by TA 7591 indicated that the population in the project area does not include communities that could be treated as indigenous peoples under the ADB''s Safeguard Policy Statement (2009).
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Consultation with initial stakeholders included ger area residents, private and public services, service providers in the subcenters, local government, Ulaanbaatar Municipal Government, public utilities (i.e., USUG and heating companies). The PPTA conducted a poverty and social analysis and addressed social safeguards. A socioeconomic survey, affordability survey, stakeholder workshops, focus group discussions, and key informant interviews were also conducted during the PPTA.
During Project Implementation Relevant sections of the Facility Administration Manual such as social action plan, gender action plan, resettlement plan, environmental management plan, and stakeholder communication strategy provide information on stakeholder communication, participation, and consultation for the investment program.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services

The investment program will include a program management facility under which consulting firm will assist MUB in overseeing program development, implementation and management. Consulting firm specializing in engineering and urban services operation will be engaged to develop the capacity of service providers in compliance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time). The firm will be selected based on the quality- and cost-based selection method, using a 90:10 ratio. Individual consultants will be engaged for specialized tasks requiring specific skills which are not widely available.

Engagement of consulting firms for Program Management Support Services; Detailed Engineering Design, Tendering and Construction Supervision Services; Community Engagement Services; and Subcenters Planning Services are ongoing.

Procurement All procurement activities will be undertaken in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2010, as amended from time to time). The equipment for PPTA implementation have been procured in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2010, as amended from time to time) and in line with JFPR 2011 Policy Guidelines for TA and Grants for Eligible Expenditures and for Ineligible Expenditures and have been turned over to MUB after completion of the PPTA.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Arnaud Heckmann
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban and Social Sectors Division, EARD
Executing Agencies
Municipal Government of Ulaanbaatar
Sukhbaatar Square-11
Ulaanbaatar-46, Mongolia


Concept Clearance 14 Dec 2011
Fact Finding 20 Jun 2013 to 03 Jul 2013
MRM 02 Sep 2013
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 23 Sep 2015

MFF Facility Concept 0078-MON

Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 160.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 160.00 - 0.00 0.00 %
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 - 0.00 0.00 %

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