A report on the fragility index study was finalized and being prepared as Economics and Research Department''s working paper series. A short brochure has been published and discussed during a roundtable discussion participated by 23 experts and co-organized with The Asia Foundation in Bangkok in June 2015. The Proceedings are being finalized for knowledge sharing and dissemination to contribute to the current international discussions on addressing fragility.
A conflict-sensitive analysis was conducted in the transport sector in Afghanistan and published as knowledge product to inform future ADB operations in Afghanistan.
Fragility assessments in Nepal were jointly conducted with International Alert and published. They focussed on three projects being implemented in Nepal: (i) Secondary Town Urban Integrated Environment Improvement Project, (ii) High Mountain Agriculture and Livelihood Project, and (iii) Decentralized Rural Infrastructure and Livelihood Project. A knowledge product is available to share and disseminate lessons learned from the assessment exercise and findings.
The peacebuilding tool has been successfully applied in several ADB projects in Nepal. It has also been translated into Nepali by government staff. The translated version was presented during training for government officials at the Nepal Administrative Staff College.
Fragility assessment of transport and energy sectors in Papua New Guinea was conducted to inform PNG Country Partnership Strategy 2016-2020. Findings of the study were presented during the PNG CPS country team retreat in April 2014. A short policy brief has been published with no-objection from the PNG government. A full-blown report has been finalized for internal use. Based on this study, a practical guide to fragility assessment has also been published for knowledge sharing.
A political economy study was conducted in Vanuatu to inform ADB's next country operations business plan for Vanuatu. Study findings and recommendations were presented in Vanuatu to separate groups of donors, NGOs, and the government as well as to the public. Presentations were also made to ADB in Sydney on 5 September 2014 and in Manila on 12 November 2014. A short brochure has been prepared for knowledge sharing and dissemination of the main findings.
A political economy study was conducted on land issues and their impact on tourism development in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia to inform tourism strategy and investment plan for the country. Key findings of the study were presented during a tourism workshop with the government in March 2015. The study findings are summarized in a brochure to share and disseminate lessons learned.
An ADB-Australian Aid high level Forum was held on 6-7 June 2013, attended by more than 60 participants, including high-ranking government officials and senior representatives from development partners. The proceedings highlighting the presentations and the discussions have been disseminated along with a short brochure on Building Resilient Societies: Evolving Solutions that summarizes the issues and recommendations that emerged from the forum, the recent literature, and the latest international discussions; contributing to the general knowledge on FCAS issues.
The Nepal Administrative Staff College (NASC) continues to provide training to government staff on peace-sensitive approach to development. To date, more than 600 government officials were trained by NASC. The training curriculum and the peacebuilding tool manual have been finalized and disseminated. A knowledge document on local capacity building on peace-sensitive development approach has also been published to share ADB experience in Nepal.
Project preparation and appraisal guidelines have been prepared to provide institutional support to implementation of Solomon Islands' National Development Strategy. Capacity building was conducted for the Ministry of Development Planning. A knowledge document will present the lessons learned on the development planning work.
A personnel training and capacity development plan has been prepared for the Chuuk Public Utility Corporation (CPUC) to capacitate the institution for effective and sustainable delivery of electricity, water, and sewerage services to the residents of Chuuk State in FSM. In September 2015, the CPUC Board endorsed the plan; and a training manager has been recruited (funded by the CPUC) to help implement the plan. Lessons learned and experiences are summarized in a brochure to share and disseminate the knowledge gained from this initiative.
Since endorsement of the operational plan, about 300 ADB staff have been familiarized on FCAS issues through (i) introductory session incorporated in the project design and management program regularly conducted by the Budget, Personnel and Management Systems Department; (ii) Pacific Talk organized by ADB's Pacific Department; (iii) seminars conducted for Afghanistan and Nepal Resident Missions and the Pacific Liaison Coordination Office. The FCAS Support Team also participated in the World Bank's online course on Violence, Conflict and Fragility.
A customized risk management framework has been developed and published to guide ADB staff in managing risks in FCAS. The framework will be piloted in selected FCAS countries under the technical assistance on mapping resilience to fragility.
A broad framework for long-term institution building customized to FCAS DMCs has been developed and published to be piloted in selected FCAS countries under the technical assistance on mapping resilience to fragility.