Regional: Enhancing Capacity for Effective Project Implementation

Sovereign Project | 46179-001

Summary

This regional TA is part of COSO's response to the action plan that followed the project implementation working group's findings to support increased executing agency procurement capacity and project management skills. The regional TA puts effective project implementation at the core of good project management and provides capacity building support for project implementation. Since 1978, ADB has funded project implementation and administration seminars with TA grants to strengthen the capacity of borrowers and executing agencies to manage projects financed by ADB. Senior and mid-level officials of executing agencies, central ministries, state banks, and state and provincial governments from 34 DMCs have participated in and benefited from these seminars, which have centered on policies and procedures for the procurement of goods, works, and consulting services, and for disbursement of loan and grant proceeds.

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Project Name Enhancing Capacity for Effective Project Implementation
Project Number 46179-001
Country Regional
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8263-REG: Enhancing Capacity for Effective Project Implementation
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
TA: Enhancing Capacity for Effective Project Implementation (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 750,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Multisector - ADB's corporate management, policy and strategy development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description

This regional TA is part of COSO's response to the action plan that followed the project implementation working group's findings to support increased executing agency procurement capacity and project management skills. The regional TA puts effective project implementation at the core of good project management and provides capacity building support for project implementation. Since 1978, ADB has funded project implementation and administration seminars with TA grants to strengthen the capacity of borrowers and executing agencies to manage projects financed by ADB. Senior and mid-level officials of executing agencies, central ministries, state banks, and state and provincial governments from 34 DMCs have participated in and benefited from these seminars, which have centered on policies and procedures for the procurement of goods, works, and consulting services, and for disbursement of loan and grant proceeds.

There is a need to continue developing high-quality training programs to increase capacity for effective project implementation. Such capacity development support will lead to effective and efficient procurement systems and increase institutional capacity. The TA will leverage existing regional department initiatives for increased capacity for project implementation and knowledge of the DMCs, and share lessons in project implementation from other countries.

The expected impact of the regional TA is effective project implementation in selected DMCs. The TA outcome will be improved capacity of executing agencies in implementing ADB-financed projects in selected DMCs

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The regional departments have highlighted lack of capacity for effective project implementation as a constraint for good project performance. ADB is providing increased support to its DMCs the active portfolio on 31 December 2011 totaled $58.8 billion, $4.9 billion (9%) more than its value a year earlier. The number of projects increased from 576 projects to 612 projects over the same period. As ADB's operations have increased, the complexity of the projects and the modalities offered have also increased. At the same time, ADB is operating in new sectors, and in remote and poor areas of countries where capacity for project implementation is weak. All of these factors affect the overall quality of project implementation.

The Development Effectiveness Review also shows that, while project outputs for 2009 2011 remained on track for ADB operations as a whole, project delays and cancellations resulted in lower output delivery, in particular for Asian Development Fund operations. Even the best designed project will fail to deliver results if implementation falls short. The 2011 Annual Portfolio Performance Report notes that implementation is delayed by poor quality procurement plans and by poor contract packaging, which results in significant administrative cost to ADB and executing agencies. ADB's Strategy 2020 identifies capacity development as a driver of change that provides ADB with an opportunity to be an active and supportive development partner. In June 2010, ADB Management established a project implementation working group with a mandate to identify key issues and regional department good practices that could be replicated or applied more widely across ADB to improve project implementation. The issues and good practices were identified to be under three themes: (i) achieving total project readiness, (ii) enhancing organization, staff skills and incentives, and (iii) ensuring effective project implementation.

Impact Effective project implementation in selected DMCs
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Improved capacity of executing agencies in implementing ADB-financed projects in selected DMCs
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Good quality training programs are delivered in key DMCs up to 2014

Institutionalizing the capacity development support provided to ADB's regional departments

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
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Consulting services include consulting firms or individual consultants as: (i) Procurement Capacity Development Specialists up to 5 person-months (international); (ii) Project Implementation Specialists (national) up to 25 person-months; (iii) E-Learning Specialists (national) up to 5 person-months
Responsible ADB Officer Shaista Hussain
Responsible ADB Department Operations Services and Financial Management Department
Responsible ADB Division Operations Management Unit, OSFMD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong
Metro Manila, Philippines
P.O. Box 789, 1099 Manila,
Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 26 Oct 2012
Fact Finding 25 May 2012 to 11 Jun 2012
MRM -
Approval 12 Dec 2012
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 29 Nov 2012

TA 8263-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
12 Dec 2012 - 12 Dec 2012 15 Dec 2014 31 Dec 2016 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 12 Dec 2012 322,477.85
Title Document Type Document Date
Enhancing Capacity for Effective Project Implementation Technical Assistance Reports Dec 2012

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