Regional: Information and Communication Technologies for Social Protection in the Asia and Pacific Region

Sovereign Project | 47214-001 Status: Approved

Summary

The TA promotes innovations for inclusiveness in social protection through application of ICT together with capacity building for national agencies implementing and monitoring social protection programs. It will support two main outputs: (i) Regional Stocktaking of ICT Utilization in Social Protection Programs; and (ii) Capacity building for DMCs on ICT4SP. Both outputs are designed to draw out best practices on ICT utilization in social protection programs delivery and share these to policy makers and government officials to bridge knowledge and capacity gaps.

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Project Name Information and Communication Technologies for Social Protection in the Asia and Pacific Region
Project Number 47214-001
Country Regional
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management - Social protection initiatives

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description The TA promotes innovations for inclusiveness in social protection through application of ICT together with capacity building for national agencies implementing and monitoring social protection programs. It will support two main outputs: (i) Regional Stocktaking of ICT Utilization in Social Protection Programs; and (ii) Capacity building for DMCs on ICT4SP. Both outputs are designed to draw out best practices on ICT utilization in social protection programs delivery and share these to policy makers and government officials to bridge knowledge and capacity gaps.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The recently approved Social Protection Operational Plan (SPOP) identifies information and communication technology (ICT) use in social protection as a potential area for investments and knowledge work to support ADB developing member countries (DMCs) in strengthening social protection programs. While many DMCs have expanded their social protection programs and developed national social protection strategies, opportunities from ICT use in social protection delivery have not been fully realized in Asia and the Pacific region. Innovations in ICT have been used to improve governance and public service delivery in sectors such as education, health, and social protection. Initiatives like Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D or ICTD) have shown that actively using technology can improve living conditions in societies.

ICT use in social protection has for instance enhanced targeting through more effective identification of beneficiaries; and improved payment mechanisms resulting to lower transaction costs to access payments or benefits. Recent examples in the region include increasing digitalization of cash transfers in Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Pakistan and the Philippines. ICT has also played a vital role in identity management (Id-M) linked to improving governance of public social services. Evidences of efficiency gains from ICT use in social protection programs are currently available for Latin America and Africa but best practices in Asia and the Pacific is currently limited and not disseminated. Furthermore, government capacity to maximize benefits from investments in ICT for improving social protection delivery remains weak. Knowledge and capacity gaps still exist in DMCs that permeate the digital divide between developing and developed economies. Within this context, the TA intends to draw global and regional best practices on ICT utilization in the design and delivery of social protection programs through a regional study, and build institutional and administrative capacity to apply or replicate some of the ICT tools in improving the efficiency of social protection programs in selected DMCs. The design and monitoring framework is in Appendix 1.

Impact Improved delivery system of social protection programs through expanded application of ICT in DMCs in Asia and the Pacific
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Increased ICT-literacy and capacity development among policy makers and government officials implementing social protection programs in DMCs
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Regional Stocktaking of ICT Utilization in Social Protection Programs

2. Capacity building in DMCs on ICT4SP

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
Responsible ADB Officer Sri Wening Handayani
Responsible ADB Department SDCC
Responsible ADB Division SDGG
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong
Metro Manila, Philippines
P.O. Box 789, 1099 Manila,
Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 13 Mar 2014
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 11 Jul 2014
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 22 May 2014

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Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
11 Jul 2014 - 11 Jul 2014 30 Jun 2016 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 11 Jul 2014 84,165.31

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