Regional: Strengthening Knowledge-Driven Development in South Asia

Sovereign Project | 45282-001

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Knowledge creation and management are important to SARD operations in the region. In line with ADB's Strategy 2020, SARD will effectively generate/collate and then employ knowledge solutions to better address the development problems of its DMCs. The TA also relies on the Knowledge Management Results Framework that has been developed by ADB to guide its work in SARD DMCs. For regional cooperation and integration, knowledge sharing and capacity development have been endorsed by several ministerial conferences, and supported by many sector projects, as indicated in the forthcoming South Asia Regional Cooperation Strategy (RCS), 2011-2015.

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Project Name Strengthening Knowledge-Driven Development in South Asia
Project Number 45282-001
Country Regional
Project Status Approved
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
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
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
Description Knowledge creation and management are important to SARD operations in the region. In line with ADB's Strategy 2020, SARD will effectively generate/collate and then employ knowledge solutions to better address the development problems of its DMCs. The TA also relies on the Knowledge Management Results Framework that has been developed by ADB to guide its work in SARD DMCs. For regional cooperation and integration, knowledge sharing and capacity development have been endorsed by several ministerial conferences, and supported by many sector projects, as indicated in the forthcoming South Asia Regional Cooperation Strategy (RCS), 2011-2015.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact More relevant and sustainable development efforts in SARD DMCs
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Better informed development policies and strategies in SARD programs and projects
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

Knowledge products providing in-depth, relevant, and timely assessments, policy proposals, and recommendations

Knowledge events within SARD and in DMCs help with knowledge sharing and application

Active regional knowledge partnerships and networks generating and disseminating knowledge to DMCs

Project implementation on time and within budget

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:

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.

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.

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 (http://www.ntnc.org.np/iciasm) where conference materials are available.

NRM: Translation of the Nepal's Office of Audit General - Audit report was completed for 2014. A second Audit Report is to be translated for 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.

SLRM: Eminent Speaker Series at Academy of Financial Studies. Peter Achterstraat, Adjunct Professor from the University of Sydney spoke on 13-14 March 2014.

SLRM: Regional IFRS for SMEs Workshop has been completed.

3. Out of the total TA amount of $1.6 million, $1. 09 million in contracts has been committed as of August 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 ADB Officer Gambhir Bhatta
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Div, SARD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong
Metro Manila, Philippines
P.O. Box 789, 1099 Manila,
Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 18 Nov 2011
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 14 Dec 2011
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 18 Aug 2015

TA 7997-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
14 Dec 2011 - 14 Dec 2011 31 Dec 2014 31 Dec 2015 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,600,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,600,000.00 14 Dec 2011 790,482.22
Title Document Type Document Date
Strengthening Knowledge-Driven Development in South Asia Technical Assistance Reports Dec 2011

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