China, People's Republic of: Strengthening Government and Social Organization Cooperation for Rural Poverty Reduction

Sovereign Project | 48094-001

Summary

The TA aims to strengthen government-Social Organization (SO) cooperation by creating an enabling environment for government contracting, delegation or tasking of rural poverty reduction services to SOs. Specifically, the TA would undertake multi-province surveys, in-depth field interviews and data collection to; (i) review relevant PRC and international experience in SO service contracting; (ii) assess the status, capacity, interest and needs of PRC government poverty reduction agencies and PRC-based SOs to engage in service contracting; (iii) document cases of the skills, approaches and benefits that SOs can bring to rural poverty reduction; and prepare suggested administrative and training guidelines for key local government and SO staff engaged in contracting poverty reduction services; and (iv) draw on these lessons to provide policy recommendations for improved and expanded SO contracting of services in the national rural poverty reduction program.

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Project Name Strengthening Government and Social Organization Cooperation for Rural Poverty Reduction
Project Number 48094-001
Country China, People's Republic of
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8685-PRC: Strengthening Government and Social Organization Cooperation for Rural Poverty Reduction
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 350,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Land-based natural resources management
Public sector management - Social protection initiatives
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The TA aims to strengthen government-Social Organization (SO) cooperation by creating an enabling environment for government contracting, delegation or tasking of rural poverty reduction services to SOs. Specifically, the TA would undertake multi-province surveys, in-depth field interviews and data collection to; (i) review relevant PRC and international experience in SO service contracting; (ii) assess the status, capacity, interest and needs of PRC government poverty reduction agencies and PRC-based SOs to engage in service contracting; (iii) document cases of the skills, approaches and benefits that SOs can bring to rural poverty reduction; and prepare suggested administrative and training guidelines for key local government and SO staff engaged in contracting poverty reduction services; and (iv) draw on these lessons to provide policy recommendations for improved and expanded SO contracting of services in the national rural poverty reduction program. TA findings would be disseminated widely through stakeholder meetings, bi-lingual reports and knowledge products.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The TA directly supports the strategic goals of ADB's Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) for the PRC (2012-2015). The CPS calls for strengthening the social inclusion orientation of the country program and its social dimensions through promoting improved provision of social services to address economic and social development challenges. The TA also builds on the findings of ADB's TA4580-PRC: People's Republic of China: NGO-Government Partnerships in Village-Level Poverty Alleviation. This TA explored local government contracting of local and non local SOs to provide poverty reduction services in four counties of Jiangxi Province in the central PRC. A parallel Ford Foundation funded project piloted contracting of local SOs in five sites of four provinces in the western PRC. However, comprehensive national level survey research remains necessary to; (i) take stock of SOs able and interested in contracting for rural poverty reduction services in the 14 Poverty Blocks; and (ii) to inform and support national development of training, selection and management programs for contracted poverty reduction.
Impact Government adopts and creates an enabling environment for SOs to contract poverty reduction services and strengthen socio-economic inclusion
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Increased government interest and ability to address SO needs and capacity in contracted provision of poverty reduction services
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs The outputs from this TA will comprise data collection, analysis and preparation of (i) a bilingual policy brief with main findings, recommendations and dissemination strategy; (ii) a final report on Government Support to Build SO Capacity to Contract Poverty Reduction Program Services with actionable recommendations; (iii) a technical sub-report to the final report assessing Government Poverty Reduction Program Service Contracting by SOs; (iv) a compilation of domestic and international case studies on SO Provision of Contracted Poverty Reduction Services; and (v) associated survey instruments, databases, administrative and training guidelines or manuals to support improved contracting of rural poverty reduction services by SOs.
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) A full-team project kick-off meeting was conducted on 12 November 2014. The team has undertaken initial research and drafted key survey protocols.
Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The project design is under close consultation with the EA, other agencies and groups concerned.
During Project Implementation Close consultation maintained, including through workshops, meetings and site-based fieldwork activities.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Consulting Services The consultants will be engaged as individual consultants by ADB in accordance with the Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time). The proceeds of the TA will be disbursed in accordance with Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (2010, as amended from time to time). All procurement will be done in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2010, as amended from time to time).
Responsible ADB Officer Irene Bain
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division PRC Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
International Poverty Reduction Center in ChinaNo. 1 North Street, Taiyanggong,
Chaoyang District, Beijing, PRC
Timetable
Concept Clearance 23 May 2014
Fact Finding 26 May 2014 to 27 May 2014
MRM -
Approval 10 Jul 2014
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 31 Mar 2015

TA 8685-PRC

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
10 Jul 2014 27 Aug 2014 27 Aug 2014 01 May 2016 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
350,000.00 0.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 450,000.00 10 Jul 2014 0.00

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