Uzbekistan: Strengthening Governance and Improving Local Government Capacity for Results-Based Service Delivery

Sovereign Project | 46388-001

Summary

The Government of Uzbekistan is committed to reducing the disparities in living standards between those in rural and urban areas. The Rurual Development Program and the Rural Housing Scheme are the key strategies to achieve this objective. An important element of these strategies is improving the capacity of local governments to deliver public services more effectively including encouraging investment in rural areas and greater rural business development. To help achieve this, the Government sought the assistance of the ADB to provide technical assistance to improve the capacity of local governments.

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Project Name Strengthening Governance and Improving Local Government Capacity for Results-Based Service Delivery
Project Number 46388-001
Country Uzbekistan
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8248-UZB: Strengthening Governance and Improving Local Government Capacity for Results-Based Service Delivery
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 340,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management - Public administration

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description The Government of Uzbekistan is committed to reducing the disparities in living standards between those in rural and urban areas. The Rurual Development Program and the Rural Housing Scheme are the key strategies to achieve this objective. An important element of these strategies is improving the capacity of local governments to deliver public services more effectively including encouraging investment in rural areas and greater rural business development. To help achieve this, the Government sought the assistance of the ADB to provide technical assistance to improve the capacity of local governments.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The Welfare Improvement Strategy for 2012-2015 outlines the Government of Uzbekistan's vision for national development and its program for achieving more inclusive economic growth. The Rural Development Program (RDP) and the Rural Housing Scheme (RHS) are critical pillars of the strategy, which focuses on reducing urban-rural disparity by improving rural living standards and increasing rural income and job opportunities. The government has requested the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to provide technical assistance (TA) to improve the capacity of local governments to deliver these programs effectively.
Impact Improved service delivery by local governments
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Improved results-based planning capacity for local governments in Uzbekistan
Progress Toward Outcome ongoing
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Local government results-based planning, monitoring and reporting framework developed

Local government capacity building program developed

A shared government information portal to improve access to information and more efficient allocation and use of government resources developed

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) A minor change in scope and implementation arrangements and partial cancellation of technical assistance (TA) surplus funds in the amount of $340,000 was approved last 29 Sept 2014.
Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Various stakeholders were consulted during project design, including community groups.
During Project Implementation TA implementation has been slow with no contract awarded or disbursed. The original TA design made effective implementation difficult as the executing agency and implementing agencies were the intended beneficiaries of TA inputs. Four ADB missions discussed the TA with the government and after these detailed discussions, a minor change in TA scope and implementation arrangements has been agreed to alight TA inputs to needs of the government. An Action Plan has been prepared that will be followed to keep TA implementation on track.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The TA will respond to revised government requirements by hiring following individual consultants instead of the consulting firm: (i) 1 international consultant (4 person-months), (ii) 6 national consultants (24 person-months), and (iii) 10 international resource persons. The international consultant (results-based management advisor) and 2 national consultants (a local government training advisor and a public management specialist) will assist the MOE in developing and delivering a training program for their Academy staff dealing with regional development and macroeconomic analysis. Four national consultants will work with the international resource persons and help the Academy develop new curriculum and training modules in results-based planning, monitoring and evaluation. The international resource persons will be drawn from leading universities and institutions around the world including those with which the Academy has signed partnerships, and they will focus on modern themes and subjects including: regional social and economic planning, results-based management, public management, public administration, social sector strategy, decision making, leadership, marketing, urban planning, e-government and information and communication technology and will help develop new curriculum and training modules for the Academy.
Procurement The allocation for equipment, software, reference materials was reduced from $80,000 to $30,000 in line with the revised needs articulated by the government. Two new cost categories were created: reference books and materials, and seminars/workshops/training. The reference books and teaching and training materials will help the Academy to meet costs of introducing revised curriculum and new training modules in relevant areas. The training component (seminars, workshops, etc) will be delivered through the Academy as implementing agency using individual resource persons and trainers.
Responsible ADB Officer Asadullah Sumbal
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Public Management, Financial Sector and Trade Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of EconomyUzbekistan Avenue, 45A Tashkent, 100060
Republic of Uzbekistan
Timetable
Concept Clearance 08 Oct 2012
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 10 Dec 2012
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 30 Mar 2015

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Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
10 Dec 2012 08 Jan 2013 08 Jan 2013 31 Dec 2015 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
340,000.00 0.00 70,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 410,000.00 10 Dec 2012 0.00

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