Project Name
Developing South Asian Livable Cities Facility
Project Number
Country / Economy
  • Regional
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • Maldives
  • Nepal
  • Sri Lanka
Project Status
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9781-REG: Developing South Asian Livable Cities Facility
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 4.00 million
TA 9781-REG: Developing South Asian Livable Cities Facility(Supplementary)
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
Strategic Agendas
  • Environmentally sustainable growth
  • Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change
  • Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
  • Governance and capacity development
  • Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector
  • Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Urban policy, institutional and capacity development

Effective gender mainstreaming
The proposed transaction technical assistance (TA) facility will provide (i) project preparation support to a series of ensuing urban sector projects in South Asia during 2019-2022; and (ii) capacity building and project implementation support to a series of ongoing projects. The ensuing projects being prepared by the urban development and water division of South Asia are aligned with Asian Development Bank's (ADB) Strategy 2030 with an operational priority of building livable cities that are green, competitive, inclusive and resilient. The projects will contribute to integrated, sustainable and smart urban development in the region, promote and showcase innovations, and thus require corresponding technical, safeguard, governance, financial management, and economic due diligence in addition to advance contracting and readiness requirements set by the developing member countries in South Asia and ADB to ensure efficient implementation. Large efficiency gains can be achieved by utilizing a combined facility approach for the development of multiple projects under a single cost center.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
This transaction TA facility combines the key features of project preparatory, loan-tied or piggy backed and capacity development TAs, thereby providing greater efficiencies in TA management and greater flexibility in providing a range of solutions to DMCs under a single resource envelope. Tedious administration requirements of hiring several firms and individual consultants will be bypassed using framework agreements (for both firms and individuals), which will expedite consultant mobilization, enhance competition, reduce transaction costs and shorten overall recruitment time for repeat assignments of similar nature.

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location
Bangladesh - Dhaka, Khulna; Bhutan - Paro; Maldives - Male; Nepal - Kathmandu; Sri Lanka - Colombo

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation

During Project Design
During Project Implementation

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services
ADB will engage consultants following the ADB's Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions. For project preparatory assignments, two firms will be empaneled through framework agreements prequalifying them for a period of up to 3 years to provide advice on subsequent assignments. A total of 145 person-months (86.5 international and 58.5 national) are expected to be contracted to the empaneled firms. Framework agreements will also be used for engaging 6 person-months of services from two home-based individual international consultants to support project documentation and the editing of knowledge products. A national procurement management consulting firm will be engaged through a simplified technical proposal for transactional support requirements. An output-based contract with milestone payments will be used. The inputs will be office-based. ADB will also engage individual consultants (two international for 6 person-months and eight national for 115 person-months) using individual consultant selection. Individual consultants will support knowledge management and day-to-day project and TA administration. International consultants will render home-based inputs. National consultants will be based in ADB headquarters, except for one consultant who will be based in ADB's Bangladesh Resident Mission. Individual consultants and consultant firms will be engaged to the extent possible to support more than one project.
not applicable


Responsible ADB Officer
Songco, Krizelda Marie L.
Responsible ADB Department
Sectors Group
Responsible ADB Division
Water and Urban Development Sector Office (SG-WUD)
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank


Concept Clearance
Fact Finding
07 Aug 2019
Last Review Mission
Last PDS Update
27 Mar 2024


TA 9781-REG

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
07 Aug 2019 - 07 Aug 2019 31 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2024 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
5,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 5,000,000.00
Cumulative Disbursements
Date Amount
21 Mar 2024 4,484,678.66
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