Regional: Strengthening Knowledge-Driven Development in South Asia

Sovereign Project | 45282-001 Status: Active


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Project Name Strengthening Knowledge-Driven Development in South Asia
Project Number 45282-001
Country Regional
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7997-REG: Strengthening Knowledge-Driven Development in South Asia
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.50 million
TA 7997-REG: Strengthening Knowledge-Driven Development in South Asia (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 100,000.00
TA 7997-REG: Strengthening Knowledge-Driven Development in South Asia (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.40 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Agricultural policy, institutional and capacity development

Education - Education sector development

Energy - Energy sector development and institutional reform

Finance - Finance sector development

Public sector management - Economic affairs management

Transport - Transport policies and institutional development

Water and other urban infrastructure and services - Urban policy, institutional and capacity development

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

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome Progress on TA outcomes will be measured further along the implementation of the TA. While it is too early to measure progress on project outcome, work from this TA has contributed to program and project design within SARD.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

1. Work on this RETA centered on supporting knowledge events and knowledge products as well as funding of subprojects.

2. Subprojects supported:

SAHS: Two reports: Challenges and Opportuities for Skills Development in Asia, and Sanitation in Rural Gujarat are in the final stages of publication and targeted to be printed by end of Q1 2016.

SAPF: Research study on Developing an Econometric Model for the Indian Banking Sector completed and the working paper has been published in November 2014.

SARC: Publication of ADB-Bhutan Development Partnership was launched on 3 February 2014 by the Prime Minister of Bhutan and ADB President.

SARC: Publication on ADB-Maldives 35 Years of Partnership was launched on 15 October 2015 by the Finance Minister of Maldives.

SARC: Film on Winds of Change, short version has been completed in January 2016.

SAUW: Publication of report entitled Gender and Urban Poverty in South Asia has been completed.

SAUW: Publication of knowledge product entitled Financing Low Carbon Urban Development in South Asia: A Post 2012 Context (formerly Accessing Carbon Finance for Solid Waste Projects in Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal Post-2012: Lessons from Kyoto Protocol Projects in India and China) completed in October 2013.

SAOD: Publication of Lose to Gain: Is Involuntary Resettlement a Development Opportunity? has been completed and launched in April 2014.

SAPF - A study to establish a PCRGFI for India has been completed and a second phase to update the work on PSCRGFI is ongoing.

BRM. The first articles under BRM's Quarterly Economic Updates were completed in the last quarter of 2015.

INRM: The reports on Impact of Trade and FDI Policies on Industrial Development in South Asia, and Food Security in South Asia: Developing Regional Supply Chains for the Food Processing Industry were published in December 2015. The report on Developing Regional Supply Chains in the Leather Sector in South Asia is undergoing final editing.

NRM: Study on Constraints to Agricultural Transformation in Nepal has been completed in November 2013.

NRM: NTNC - International Conference on Invasive Alien Species Management was held on March 25 - 27, 2014 at the National Trust for Nature Conservation, Biodiversity Conservation Centre in Sauraha, Chitwan, Nepal. A webpage has been dedicated for the conference ( where conference materials are available. The conference proceedings was published in June 2015.

NRM: Translation of the Nepal's Office of Audit General Audit report was completed for 2014. A second Audit Report was translated in June 2015 and disseminated in the last quarter of 2015 .

NRM: The Nepal Country Environment Note has been published in December 2014 and the electronic copy is available in the ADB website.

NRM: A study on Impacts of social mobilization in local governance community development in Nepal has been completed in early 2015.

NRM: The National Strategic Framework for Nature Conservation underwent a series of consultation process and the final document was approved by the Nepal's National Planning Commission Board and printed in September 2015.

SLRM: Under the Eminent Speaker Series at Academy of Financial Studies, Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, former Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission of India delivered a presentation on Policy Reforms Towards Strengthening South Asia's Role in the Changing Global Economic Landscape on 10 December 2015 .

SLRM: Regional IFRS for SMEs Workshop has been completed.

3. Supplementary TA fund amounting to US$1.4 million and extension of TA completion date to 31 December 2017 were approved. The total TA amount is currently $3.0 million. Out of the total TA amount of $3.0 million, $1.155 million in contracts has been committed as of December 2015.

Geographical Location

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Shared project design with selected groups of stakeholders outside government as well.
During Project Implementation On an ongoing basis and as and when needed (such as with academic institutions and experts in the region in organizing the SARD Economists' Conference).

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services Inputs to the project will consist of a total of 21 person-months of international, 92 person-months of national consulting services, and 36 person-months of regional institution(s). The consultants will be engaged by ADB in accordance with the Guidelines on the Use of Consultants by ADB and Its Borrowers (2010, as amended from time to time). Engagement of regional institution(s) will be through quality-and-cost-based selection (using 80:20 weighting for quality-cost ratio). All payments will be made in accordance with the Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (May 2010, as amended from time to time).

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Saleha Waseem
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Div, SARD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
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Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines


Concept Clearance 18 Nov 2011
Fact Finding -
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 03 Mar 2016

TA 7997-REG

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
14 Dec 2011 - 14 Dec 2011 31 Dec 2014 31 Dec 2017 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
3,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 3,000,000.00 14 Dec 2011 1,079,760.95
Title Document Type Document Date
Strengthening Knowledge-Driven Development in South Asia Technical Assistance Reports Dec 2011

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