Regional: Improving Safeguard Policy Applications in South Asia Developing Member Countries

Sovereign Project | 46282-001

Summary

Development results and effectiveness are quite often interrupted or delayed due to unsatisfactory or flawed implementation of safeguard mitigation measures. Often time implementation results are intertwined with planning and design of safeguard measures. There have been concerns over the quality of safeguard planning documents and ADB staff skills in managing implementation issues. The need to understand these implementation issues have been prioritized by SARD and therefore SARD is currently supporting a S-CDTA to assess the status of institutional capacity for implementation of environmental and social safeguards in ADB-funded infrastructure projects in India, Nepal, and Bhutan. The S-CDTA has identified a set of issues that are interrelated between environmental and social safeguard planning and implementation phases and has recommended an action plan which highlights on various level of capacity development needs in each of the 3 selected DMCs and SARD.

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Project Name Improving Safeguard Policy Applications in South Asia Developing Member Countries
Project Number 46282-001
Country Regional
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8569-REG: Improving Safeguard Policy Applications in South Asia Developing Member Countries
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.50 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector Energy - Electricity transmission and distribution - Large hydropower generation
Transport - Road transport (non-urban) - Urban roads and traffic management
Water and other urban infrastructure and services - Urban sanitation - Urban sewerage - Urban solid waste management - Urban water supply
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description

Development results and effectiveness are quite often interrupted or delayed due to unsatisfactory or flawed implementation of safeguard mitigation measures. Often time implementation results are intertwined with planning and design of safeguard measures. There have been concerns over the quality of safeguard planning documents and ADB staff skills in managing implementation issues. The need to understand these implementation issues have been prioritized by SARD and therefore SARD is currently supporting a S-CDTA to assess the status of institutional capacity for implementation of environmental and social safeguards in ADB-funded infrastructure projects in India, Nepal, and Bhutan. The S-CDTA has identified a set of issues that are interrelated between environmental and social safeguard planning and implementation phases and has recommended an action plan which highlights on various level of capacity development needs in each of the 3 selected DMCs and SARD. The aim of the proposed R-CDTA is to deliver on this action plan and extend similar investigation on current status and safeguard capacity development for rest of the SARD DMCs.

The regional aspect of the proposed R-CDTA will allow to avail the opportunities for South-South co-operation and sharing of best practices across SARD DMCs. It is in line with the ADB Safeguard Policy Statement 2009 that emphasizes the need for effective implementation of the safeguard measures together with the borrower. The R-CDTA also reflects the strategy encouraged by the Regional Cooperation Strategy for South Asia 2011-2015, where it supports (i) project implementation, and (ii) capacity development initiatives. As a first time for SARD, the S-CDTA has engaged SARD's clients in a dialogue on rationalizing safeguards implementation practices and the R-CDTA will deliver the improvement.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The TA will have significant improvement in safeguard implementation practices in ADB funded projects in SARD DMCs. Performance indicator will be (i) by 2020: Audits of project environmental management plans and social safeguard plans undertaken by external monitors show improvement from 2013 level; and (ii) reduced safeguard complaints filed against ADB funded projects from 2017 onwards.
Impact Better safeguard implementation practices in ADB-funded projects in DMCs in South Asia
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Stronger capacity of both ADB and key government agencies to systematically design, implement, and monitor environment and social safeguard aspects of ADB projects
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Safeguard implementation manuals, including guidelines, procedures, and training materials developed

2. Training programs implemented

3. Web-based automated safeguard system for tracking safeguard performance developed

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

Output 1: Recruited two international consultants, namely Environmental Management Specialist and Social Safeguard Specialist. The engagement of the Social Safeguard Specialist has commenced beginning 27 March 2014. The Environmental Management Specialist's contract has commenced on 16 April 2014.

Output 3: Recruited Information Technology Consultant on 01 September 2014.

Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The assigned peer reviewers were consulted during the interdepartmental circulation of the draft concept paper.
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services On an intermittent basis, ADB will engage individual consultants in accordance with the Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time). Two international consultants namely, an environmental management specialist and a social safeguard specialist, will be engaged for a total of 31 person-months. Their main tasks will be to enhance overall quality of environmental and social safeguard design and planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting on ADB projects in Bhutan, India and Nepal by preparing the necessary manuals and training materials. ADB will engage 19 national consultants for a total of 56 person-months. Disbursements under the R-CDTA will be made in accordance with ADB's Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (January 2010, as amended from time to time). No activity will be financed in any DMC until ADB receives a letter of no objection in respect of such activity from the government of such DMC.
Procurement The participating governments will provide support in the form of data and other information, counterpart staff, office accommodations and facilities, and transportation to site visits for training purposes.
Responsible ADB Officer Hans Carlsson
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Office of the Director General, SARD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong
Metro Manila, Philippines
P.O. Box 789, 1099 Manila,
Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 20 Sep 2013
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 13 Dec 2013
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 03 Mar 2015

TA 8569-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
13 Dec 2013 - 13 Dec 2013 28 Feb 2017 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,500,000.00 13 Dec 2013 32,337.09

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