Regional: Selected Evaluation Studies for 2012, Phase 2

Sovereign Project | 46210-001

Summary

The two-phase research and development TA for 2012 of the Independent Evaluation Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) supports a further round of high level evaluations from its 2012-2014 work program cycle. In particular, the Phase 2 TA will support three special evaluation studies to assess: (i) climate change management, (ii) good governance operations, and (iii) inclusive growth. It will also support the dissemination of evaluation knowledge products.

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Selected Evaluation Studies for 2012, Phase 2 Oct 2012

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Project Name Selected Evaluation Studies for 2012, Phase 2
Project Number 46210-001
Country Regional
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8199-REG: Selected Evaluation Studies for 2012, Phase 2
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 750,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Energy - Energy utility services

Public sector management - Social protection initiatives

Transport - Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description

The two-phase research and development TA for 2012 of the Independent Evaluation Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) supports a further round of high level evaluations from its 2012-2014 work program cycle. In particular, the Phase 2 TA will support three special evaluation studies to assess: (i) climate change management, (ii) good governance operations, and (iii) inclusive growth. It will also support the dissemination of evaluation knowledge products.

1. Climate change management. The study will analyze ongoing adaptation programs along four dimensions: (i) policy dialogue to integrate adaptation considerations into development strategies; (ii) adjustments in sector strategies (to climate change vulnerabilities) which increase sector resilience; (iii) climate proofing of infrastructure development projects; and (iv) attention to the needs of vulnerable groups. The evaluation will also look into adaptation interventions that address longer term climate change impacts by transforming existing systems and practices, in addition to interventions that seek to address existing adaptation deficits or managing only incremental changes to climate vulnerability.

2. Good governance. The study will assess the relevance and effectiveness of ADB's governance policy and operations over time including GACAP II and its main areas of emphasis: ublic financial management, procurement, combating corruption.

3. Inclusive economic growth. The study seeks to assess the relevance and effectiveness of the preliminary outcomes of Strategy 2020's inclusive growth agenda. It also aims to examine how the transition of the strategic focus from pro-poor to inclusive economic growth has influenced ADB's operations as it continues to pursue its ultimate objective of poverty reduction.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The performance of the Asia and Pacific region has been marked by growing populations and increasing economic productivity, and crises of natural and artificial origin. Past global economic and financial crises had dampening effects on Asian economies and similar crises may recur in the future. The effects of poverty, natural disasters, environmental degradation, health hazards, and poor public sector management constrain economic growth while market constraints and underinvestment in people and assets restrict its inclusiveness.

ADB continuously works to improve the development effectiveness of its operations and be accountable to its stakeholders. The new results framework laid out under Strategy 2020 has enabled the ADB to monitor this developmental role and improve business performance. Taking into account the constraints to Asian development, the findings, lessons, and recommendations from evaluations funded by this TA seek to provide feedback and learning in three key areas - particularly when formulating ADB's future policies, strategies, and programs. These include: (i) climate change management, (ii) good governance operations; and (iii) inclusive growth.

1. Climate change management. ADB has sought to mainstream climate change mitigation and adaptation in its operations, and has significantly increased climate change related activities since 2009 through region-wide climate change implementation plans in each of its five regions.

2. Good governance. The strategic framework for ADB's governance and anticorruption work is guided by its governance and anticorruption policies and the Second Governance and Anticorruption Action Plan (GACAP II). While ADB's 1995 Policy on Sound Development Management sets a broad agenda, GACAP II of 2005 has a risk based approach and seeks to enable DMCs to design and deliver better quality projects through improvements in (i) country-level partnerships & strategies (CPS) for social and economic development; (ii) program and project-level design; (iii) program and project-level administration and management; and (iv) institutional level skills, capacities, and operational practices beginning internally with ADB.

3. Inclusive economic growth. Amid rising inequality and persisting poverty in Asia and the Pacific, promoting inclusive growth has been one of the key strategies identified to ensure that opportunities and benefits of sustained economic growth are equitably accessible to all segments of the population. With Strategy 2020, ADB shifted its development approach to promoting inclusive growth from pursuing pro-poor growth since the late 1990s.The shift was intended to increase the size and improve the distribution of economic benefits through sustained growth, human capital development, and the provision of safety nets.

Impact Improved development effectiveness of ADB operations, policies, strategies, and business processes
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Increased use of evaluation findings, lessons, and recommendations by the Development Effectiveness Committee of the ADB Board of Directors and ADB Management
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs Useful lessons and recommendations from completed evaluation reports
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 The evaluation process will be guided by an approved evaluation approach paper (EAP) which defines the intended study, i.e., key evaluation issues and questions, methods and approach, inputs and activities. The formulation of the EAP will involve interactions between IED staff and ADB operations (including inerdepartmental review or commenting on the draft paper) and non-operations staff, representatives from the evaluation community, non-government organizations, and, where appropriate, consultations with relevant study countries.
During Project Implementation The implementation of each evaluation study will include a mixed set of (i) in-country meetings with beneficiaries and affectees (including vulnerable groups), DMC government staff, non-government organizations, and development partners, (ii) consultations with operations and non-operations staff at ADB headquarters and in resident missions, (iii) targeted field interviews/surveys to assess impacts, (iv) video conferences with relevant evaluation units, international think tanks etc.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Planned evaluations to be funded by the TA will require the services of 16 international consultants for about 24 person-months and 16 national consultants for about 25 person-months. Detailed terms of reference for each study will be finalized in the EAP. ADB will engage consultants primarily on an individual basis in accordance with its Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time). Specific requirements for services of consulting firms (e.g., surveys) will be considered during preparation of the EAP.
Procurement To be determined.
Responsible ADB Officer Hans Van Rijn
Responsible ADB Department Independent Evaluation Department
Responsible ADB Division Office of the Director General, IED
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong
Metro Manila, Philippines
P.O. Box 789, 1099 Manila,
Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 07 Dec 2011
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 19 Oct 2012
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 14 Aug 2012

TA 8199-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
19 Oct 2012 - 19 Oct 2012 31 Oct 2014 31 Dec 2015 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
750,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 750,000.00 19 Oct 2012 613,836.36
Title Document Type Document Date
Selected Evaluation Studies for 2012, Phase 2 Technical Assistance Reports Oct 2012

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