Regional: Addressing Knowledge and Statistical Gaps in Relation to Poverty Reduction, Inequality, and Inclusive Growth

Sovereign Project | 46193-001

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The TA aims to (i) regularly measure and monitor poverty and inequality for individual DMCs and for the region as a whole; (ii) conduct poverty, inequality, and inclusive growth related research; and (iii) develop a website to disseminate relevant estimates and knowledge products, which are expected to aid evidence-based policy formulation.

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Project Name Addressing Knowledge and Statistical Gaps in Relation to Poverty Reduction, Inequality, and Inclusive Growth
Project Number 46193-001
Country Regional
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8239-REG: Addressing Knowledge and Statistical Gaps in Relation to Poverty Reduction, Inequality, and Inclusive Growth
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 700,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector Public sector management - Economic affairs management
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description The TA aims to (i) regularly measure and monitor poverty and inequality for individual DMCs and for the region as a whole; (ii) conduct poverty, inequality, and inclusive growth related research; and (iii) develop a website to disseminate relevant estimates and knowledge products, which are expected to aid evidence-based policy formulation.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Poverty reduction is the very first indicator of the millennium development goals (MDGs) and the overarching goal of ADB. Despite fast economic growth, the Asia and Pacific region remains home to almost two thirds of the world's poor. The region is also confronted with rising inequality. Its Gini coefficient, the most commonly used inequality measure, increased from 0.39 in the mid-1990s to 0.46 in the late 2000s (ADB 2012). Thus, it is accepted that reducing poverty and promoting inclusive growth are some of the major challenges faced by the developing member countries (DMCs), donors, and the development community in general and ADB in particular.

Transparent, reliable, timely, and comparable estimates of poverty and inequality are essential for a wide range of decisions national governments and development institutions make. They also lay the foundation for poverty and inclusive growth related research. For example, the total number of poor in the region is often quoted by ADB management in their speeches and both donors and DMCs appealed for poverty updates before the recent Asian Development Fund (ADF) replenishment negotiation.

Impact Improved effectiveness of policies of DMCs and projects and programs of ADB aimed at reducing poverty and inequality and promoting inclusive growth.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome More evidence-based policy-making by DMCs and ADB.
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Poverty and inequality estimates

2. Knowledge products related to poverty, inequality, and inclusive growth

3. A website on poverty, inequality, and inclusive growth, , and a TA dissemination plan

4. Four workshops

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 The TA is expected to finance up to 51 person-months of consulting services. Eight international economists (12 person-months) to conduct poverty- and inequality-related research, one national website development specialist (6 person-months) to develop the website, and two national research assistants (24 person-months) to assist in the three components of this TA. These consultants will be recruited and engaged individually. In addition, the Institute for International Economic Policy (IIEP) of The George Washington University will be recruited using Single Source Selection method for US$100,000. IIEP, headed by Professor James Foster, is the leading institution in the field of inclusive growth and poverty analyses. Its widely cited research places it as the leading center for scholarship on global poverty, and it has shown a keen interest in working in this region. IIEP will focus on development of inclusive growth indicators, measurement of multidimensional poverty, and related analysis (9 person-months). All consultants will be selected and engaged by ADB in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time). The TA also provides for the participation of resource persons (2 person-months) who will provide technical inputs and guidance during the workshops. Each resource person assignment will not exceed 10 working days.
Procurement Procurement of any equipment will be done in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2010, as amended from time to time).
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 Bank6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong
Metro Manila, Philippines
P.O. Box 789, 1099 Manila,
Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 12 Oct 2012
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 07 Dec 2012
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 29 Oct 2012

TA 8239-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
07 Dec 2012 - 07 Dec 2012 31 Dec 2014 31 Dec 2015 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
700,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 700,000.00 07 Dec 2012 384,022.85

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