Output 1 (See http://fragilesituations.adb.org)
A fragility index has been developed and a report on the study was finalized and being prepared as Economics and Research Department's working paper series. A short brochure has been published.
An experts' meeting on fragility assessment was conducted jointly with The Asia Foundation in Bangkok on 15-16 June 2015. A total of 23 experts and government officials discussed best practices on conflict and fragility assessments and how these can best inform policymaking and development assistance. Proceeding of the workshop has been published online.
A conflict-sensitive analysis was conducted in Afghanistan's transport sector and published as knowledge product (brochure) to inform future ADB operations in the country.
A fragility assessment of Afghanistan has been prepared based on desk study to inform the next country partnership strategy.
An investigative study was conducted for the Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Project in Mindanao, Philippines.
Fragility assessments were conducted with International Alert 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 on the fragility assessments has been published.
The peacebuilding tool was applied in seven ADB projects in Nepal. It has also been translated into Nepali by government staff. The translated version is being used in the regular training program for government officials at the Nepal Administrative Staff College (NASC).
A political economy study was conducted on land issues and their impact to 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. A short brochure summarizing the study findings has been published.
Fragility assessment of transport and energy sectors in Papua New Guinea (PNG) 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.h A full-blown report has been finalized for internal use. Based on this study, a practical guide to fragility assessment has been developed and published.
A political economy study was conducted 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 and to the public. Presentations were given to ADB in Sydney on 5 September 2014 and in Manila on 12 November 2014. A knowledge product, approved by the Government of Vanuatu, has been published.
A high-level forum was held on 6-7 June 2013, with more than 60 participants, including high-ranking government officials and senior representatives from development partners. Proceedings highlighting the presentations and discussions in the high-level forum has been published.k A brochure summarizing the issues and recommendations that emerged from the forum has also been published.
A new ongoing initiative, developing youth skills for work in fragile situations in the Pacific, aims to strengthen the voice of the Pacific youth in the process of developing policies and programs that improve skills, employment, and decent work outcomes for young people. It will support RETA 8794 (Technical Assistance for Improving the Performance of Labor Markets in the Pacific).
Output 2 (See http://fragilesituations.adb.org)
NASC continues to provide training to government staff on peace-sensitive approach to development. To date, around 600 government officials have been trained. The training curriculum and the peacebuilding tool manual have been prepared by NASC. A knowledge document on local capacity building on peace-sensitive development approach has been published.
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 product capturing the experiences on capacity building and participatory policymaking has been prepared for publication.
Since the endorsement of the operational plan, about 300 ADB staff have been familiarized on FCAS through (i) introductory session incorporated in the project design and management program regularly conducted by ADB Budget, Personnel and Management Systems Department; (ii) Pacific Talk organized by ADB's Pacific Department; (iii) seminars conducted for Afghanistan Resident Mission and Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office; and (iv) brownbag seminars. 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 to guide ADB staff in managing risks in FCAS. A knowledge product has been published. 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 suited to FCAS DMCs has been developed. A brochure has been published.o The framework will be piloted in selected FCAS countries under the technical assistance on mapping resilience to fragility.
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. A knowledge product capturing the experiences in this initiative has been published.