Regional: South Asia Urban Knowledge Hub

Sovereign Project | 46465-001 Status: Active


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South Asia Urban Knowledge Hub Dec 2013

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Project Name South Asia Urban Knowledge Hub
Project Number 46465-001
Country Regional
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8568-REG: South Asia Urban Knowledge Hub
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 850,000.00
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation US$ 500,000.00
TA 8568-REG: South Asia Urban Knowledge Hub (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 60,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector

Water and other urban infrastructure and services - Urban policy, institutional and capacity development - Urban sanitation

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome Project is on track to meet the outcome.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

1. The Regional Hubs were established with headquarters in India and member organizations from Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. The Steering Committee has been established. The website was launched in Q2 2015. Each national center has developed a detailed work plan for the duration of the TA; and this has been endorsed by respective implementing agencies (i.e. government partners).

2. Project is on track for meeting output 2 and is likely to exceed certain targets. The 4 national centers are planning to prepare a total of 12 knowledge products on topics such as sanitation, inclusive growth, slum upgrading, benchmarking, and land pooling. A capacity assessment has been undertaken for each national center. One workshop and training was held in 2014 on strengthening links between researchers and policy makers. A Mayors Forum was held in Q4 2014. The national centers have begun peer reviewing each other's work.

3. Target will be met in 2016 instead of 2015, in line with the work plans of each national center. Consultations regarding curricula are underway.

4. Project is on track for meeting Output 4. A training was held in Q1 2015 for all national centers on research communications and how to monitor and evaluate policy influencing.

Geographical Location Nepal,Bangladesh,India,Sri Lanka

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The draft concept paper, including the design and monitoring framework, and financing and implementation arrangements were shared and discussed with the four governments. They expressed interest in participating in the K-Hub; and agreed with the TA impact, outcome, outputs, implementation arrangements, cost, financing arrangements and indicative terms of reference. ADB asked each government to nominate a national center to lead hub activities in their country; the government of India agreed to host the regional center.
During Project Implementation A Working Group will be established with representatives from each member and ADB to establish rules of collaboration (through Charter'); guide the K-Hub's activities and develop a sustainability plan.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services The TA requires approximately 156.5 person-months of consulting services (4.5 person-months of international inputs and 152 person-months of national inputs). National and international individual consultants and national centers will be selected following ADB's Guidelines on Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time). National centers will be recruited using Single-Source Selection.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Keiichi Tamaki
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban Development and Water Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines


Concept Clearance 08 Nov 2013
Fact Finding -
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 18 Mar 2016

TA 8568-REG

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
13 Dec 2013 - 13 Dec 2013 31 Mar 2017 05 Jun 2017 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
910,000.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,410,000.00 13 Dec 2013 483,037.37
Title Document Type Document Date
South Asia Urban Knowledge Hub Technical Assistance Reports Dec 2013

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