|Project Name||Third Small Towns Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Project|
|Country / Economy||Nepal
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Urban water supply
|Gender||Effective gender mainstreaming|
Following the First and the Second Small Towns Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Projects (the earlier projects), the Third Small Towns Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Project (the project) will support the ongoing efforts of the Government of Nepal (the government) to further improve water supply and sanitation service delivery in small towns in Nepal. The PPTA will leverage the experience gained from the earlier projects, and incorporate lessons learned to prepare for the project. The PPTA will assist the government in amending the Development Plan, preparing cost estimates and financing plan and the feasibility studies of the sample subprojects, with a special focus on structuring and refining the project design, including rationale, modality, appraisal, financing, implementation and institutional arrangements, and developing eligibility and evaluation criteria for future subproject selection in close consultation with the government and ADB. Upon finalizing the project modality, the PPTA will prepare the project, following ADB's due diligence requirements.
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||The PPTA for the project is necessary in order to achieve the project outputs, including: (i) improved water supply and sanitation infrastructure; (ii) improved institutional capacity and project implementation platform; and (iii) improved financing mechanism for infrastructure investments. In addition to improved infrastructure, improved institutional capacity and implementation platform together with improved financing mechanism will contribute to the government's long-term agenda in up-scaling investments in the sector, particularly for small towns.|
|Description of Outcome||
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|Description of Project Outputs||
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||
Stakeholder participation and communication plan and strategy will be formulated at the initial design stage. The national social safeguard and resettlement specialists under the PPTA will be based in the field office for the sample subproject towns to ensure timely attention to issues concerning participation. For the remaining subproject towns, loan consultant will ensure the compliance with the stakeholder participation and communication plan and strategy by providing quarterly updates to ADB in the progress report.
The main stakeholders of the project are small town residents, local business communities, users' committees, government officials, civil society organizations and development partners. The project design is finalized through a process that involves timely consultation between government and development partners, socio-economic surveys for the residents and business communities and communications with users' committees to determine feasibility of project design.
The PPTA will verify the key civil society organizations in the project area and the level of participation. Information dissemination is envisaged at the town level through billboards, posters and newsletters, where applicable. General orientation and targeted consultation seminars will be held. The beneficiaries will collaborate through the WUSCs to make contributions to establishing the infrastructure through a demand-driven participatory approach.
The project is to provide water supply services in the subproject area. Therefore, determination of the subproject area is important as not to exclude the poor, women-headed and minority households from access to improved services. Consultation with the poor and excluded can be engaged through focus group discussion, interviews and local meetings and can be separately arranged for separate focus groups to maintain appropriate level of sensitivity.
|During Project Implementation||To be prepared under the PPTA.|
|Consulting Services||The PPTA will require 4 positions and 14 person-months of international consulting services and 11 positions and 57 person-months of national consulting services by an international consulting firm in association with national consulting firm(s). ADB will recruit additional two international consultants on individual basis for a total of 5 person-months. ADB will select and engage consultants according to ADB's Guidelines on Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time) and other arrangements satisfactory to ADB for the selection and engagement of consultants. The quality and cost-based selection method, using the quality cost ratio of 90:10 and full technical proposal procedures, will be followed. The quality cost ratio is justified due to (i) the in-depth local knowledge required to prioritize and select multiple subproject towns; (ii) the specific expertise required to conduct financial market and financial institution assessment, financial structuring, market analysis and procurement assessment; and (iii) the comprehensive technical expertise combined with local knowledge to prepare technical feasibility studies and preliminary designs specific for distinct sample subproject towns. The PPTA will address the following aspects relating to the project: (i) assessment of executing agency (EA) and the PMO capacity and preparation of capacity building plan to minimize implementation, procurement and financial management risks; (ii) indicative loan related procurement plan based on procurement capacity assessment; and (iii) indicative implementation schedule with proposed sequencing of consultant recruitment and bidding and awarding of procurement packages.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Pokhrel, Neeta|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Urban Development and Water Division, SARD|
Ministry of Urban Development
|Approval||05 Apr 2013|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|PDS Creation Date||29 Nov 2005|
|Last PDS Update||21 May 2013|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|05 Apr 2013||09 May 2013||09 May 2013||31 Dec 2014||31 Dec 2015||31 May 2016|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|800,000.00||300,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||1,100,000.00||17 Jun 2022||987,585.98|