Regional: Drivers of Poverty Reduction in Asia and the Pacific

Sovereign Project | 45357-001 Status: Closed

Summary

The overall objectives of this S-RDTA are to rigorously analyze driving forces underlying poverty reduction in the region and to quantify contributions of these factors. Such analyses are scarce in the development literature despite various discussions and qualitative assessments. This S-RDTA will conduct country-specific case studies to explore relevant policy impacts.

More specifically, this S-RDTA intends to address the following questions: What are the major contributors to poverty reduction in the region (e.g., growth versus income distribution)? Which sector is more important as far as its growth and distribution of sector output are concerned? Why did some areas/countries perform better than others? How effective are relevant government policies in promoting poverty reduction and reducing vulnerability to poverty? How can good practices and examples in one country be replicated in other countries?

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Project Name Drivers of Poverty Reduction in Asia and the Pacific
Project Number 45357-001
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7907-REG: Drivers of Poverty Reduction in Asia and the Pacific
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 225,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management - Economic affairs management

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description

The overall objectives of this S-RDTA are to rigorously analyze driving forces underlying poverty reduction in the region and to quantify contributions of these factors. Such analyses are scarce in the development literature despite various discussions and qualitative assessments. This S-RDTA will conduct country-specific case studies to explore relevant policy impacts.

More specifically, this S-RDTA intends to address the following questions: What are the major contributors to poverty reduction in the region (e.g., growth versus income distribution)? Which sector is more important as far as its growth and distribution of sector output are concerned? Why did some areas/countries perform better than others? How effective are relevant government policies in promoting poverty reduction and reducing vulnerability to poverty? How can good practices and examples in one country be replicated in other countries?

The S-RDTA will also facilitate exchanges of experiences in poverty reduction across different countries.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Wan and Sebastian (2011) updated the poverty estimates for Asia and the Pacific from 2005 up to 2008. Several issues were raised during the presentation of the poverty update. First, many are interested in what factors contributed to the poverty reductions in the region and in various countries. Second, the impact of government policies and programs on poverty reduction needs to be given special attention.
Impact Improved understanding of policy makers, researchers, and other stakeholders on the mechanism and driving forces underlying the poverty reduction in the region.

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome More effective and efficient policies and better-designed programs and projects that promote poverty reduction and inclusive growth.
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Working papers and journal papers on the drivers of poverty reduction in the region

2. Conference papers

3. Workshop

4. Conference

5. Book volume

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation Government officials, policy makers, and researchers.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services

A. Economist (International, 2 person-months, intermittent)

1. Working with ERD staff responsible for the TA project, the economist will provide technical advice and guidance, economic analyses, and assistance in the production of in-depth research studies on poverty.

2. The economist should have (i) a PhD in economics or development economics; (ii) expert knowledge of development and poverty-related issues in developing Asia; (iii) proven capacity to synthesize complex issues and identify key policy messages for policy makers and other key stakeholders; and (iv) a good publication record with journal articles in reputable journals on poverty, inequality and other related issues. Specifically, the economist will:

(i) critically examine the contents of the various project papers for consistency with economics theory and empirical evidence;

(ii) review the structure, content, and format of draft publications to ensure that they conform to the prescribed requirements for the publication;

(iii) confirm the validity and accuracy of information, tables, and charts that the consultants included in the publication

(iv) identify gaps, weaknesses, and concerns, and recommend revisions in the chapters;

(v) discuss the suggested changes and revisions with the ERD staff concerned;

(vi) edit and revise project papers as agreed; and

(vii) participate in activities related to the TA project.

B. Resource Persons (0.5 person-month total)

3. Three resource persons will be hired to participate as discussants in the conference. The resource persons should have (i) expert knowledge of development issues in Asia; and (ii) extensive experience in poverty and inequality issues.

C. Country Economists (National, 3 consultants, 6 person-months total)

4. Working with ERD staff responsible for the TA project, the economists will undertake country studies for selected developing member countries (DMCs). The economists' reports will assess the poverty situation, identify special issues related to poverty and poverty reduction, and assess policies aimed at supporting poverty reduction in the identified DMC.

5. The country economists should have (i) a PhD in economics or development economics; (ii) expert knowledge of poverty related policy issues in the selected DMCs for their respective country studies; (iii) proven capacity for both quantitative and policy-oriented analysis; and (iv) proven capacity to synthesize complex issues and identify key policy messages for policy makers and other key stakeholders. Specifically, the country economists will:

(i) conduct country studies and contribute one research paper each on a selected DMC;

(ii) revise the papers as required for final publication as ADB economics working papers or chapter in the book volume;

(iii) participate in activities related to the TA project; and

(iv) provide other research and input related to the TA project, as required.

D. Research Analysts (National, 1 consultant, 16 person-months)

6. The research analyst will gather required data and carry out the analysis under the supervision of ERD staff responsible for the TA project. The research analyst will also provide logistic and administrative support for project activities including the conference. The research analyst should have (i) a bachelor's degree in economics, statistics or related fields, and preferably a master's degree; (ii) technical and analytical skills required for the TA project; and (iii) proficiency in using STATA or other statistical software for data analysis.

Procurement Procurement and disbursement will conform to ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2010, as amended from time to time) and Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (2010, as amended from time to time).

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Guntur Sugiyarto
Responsible ADB Department Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
Responsible ADB Division Development Indicators and Policy Research Division
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines

Timetable

Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 10 Nov 2011
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 27 Oct 2011

TA 7907-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
10 Nov 2011 - 10 Nov 2011 31 May 2013 31 Dec 2014 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
225,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 225,000.00 10 Nov 2011 220,919.50

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