Project Name Strengthening Social Protection in the Pacific
Project Number 53371-001
Country / Economy Regional
Cook Islands
Micronesia, Federated States of
Papua New Guinea
Marshall Islands
Solomon Islands
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9963-REG: Strengthening Social Protection in the Pacific
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
Republic of Korea e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund US$ 500,000.00
People's Republic of China Poverty Reduction and Regional Cooperation Fund US$ 500,000.00
TA 9963-REG: Strengthening Social Protection in the Pacific
Ireland Trust Fund for Building Climate Change and Disaster Resilience in Small Island Developing States US$ 1.00 million
TA 9963-REG: Strengthening Social Protection in the Pacific
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 3.00 million
Operational Priorities OP1: Addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities
OP2: Accelerating progress in gender equality
OP3: Tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability
OP6: Strengthening governance and institutional capacity
OP7: Fostering regional cooperation and integration
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management / Social protection initiatives

Gender Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The TA is designed to address piecemeal and weakly targeted social protection measures in the Pacific and expand social protection systems to promote sustainable support for the vulnerable. It will offer broad support to meet the distinct needs of the region by focusing on social insurance, social assistance, and active labor market programs. Priorities will also be given to assist Pacific DMCs in responding to COVID-19 and other climate and disaster related shocks under all the TA outputs.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Impact(s) the TA is aligned with enhanced government capacity and leadership in social protection development in selected Pacific developing member countries.

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Social protection systems and programs strengthened in selected Pacific DMCs.

Progress Toward Outcome Social protection policies and programs supported in Palau, Vanuatu, Tonga, RMI, Nauru, Cook Islands, FSM, and PNG.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Gender responsive social protection policies and investments identified and prioritized.

Capacity in building social protection systems and delivery of social protection services for vulnerable groups


Social protection partnerships strengthened and knowledge products produced and shared among Pacific DMCs.

Social protection projects prepared

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Two projects on strengthening social protection systems and programs in Palau and Vanuatu have been approved in 2021 and 2022. Assisted in the identification and feasibility assessment of social protection projects in Tonga and Republic of Marshall Islands; and social sector assessment and concept design for active labor market programs in Nauru is ongoing.

Rapid assessment of preparedness, mitigation and response measures designed to reduce the impact of the pandemic on vulnerable groups such as poor households, older persons, informal or unprotected workers, people with disabilities, children and the gender-differentiated effects of COVID-19 on these groups mainly from social, economic and health perspective have been undertaken for Cook Islands, Vanuatu, Kiribati, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, and Tuvalu.

The TA assisted in implementing cash transfer for low-income households and high-level assessment of feasible social registry in Federated States of Micronesia.

The TA assisted the Government of Papua New Guinea in developing their National Social Protection Policy which aims at protecting and safeguarding the interest of vulnerable groups and expanding the existing programs and activities pertaining to social protection in the country.

The TA assisted the Government of Nauru in preparing their national social protection strategy which aims to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of social protection programs. The strategy includes ICT Roadmap for the social protection in Nauru.

The TA supported Vanuatu, Kiribati, PNG and Tuvalu in the data collection for the 2018 SPI and preparing the Regional SPI Report for the Pacific.

Supported the feasibility of aged care services in Cook Islands.

Engaged a Disability Specialist to assist in ensuring disability inclusive approaches and measures of ADB assistance in Pacific DMCs.

Geographical Location Cook Islands - Nation-wide; Fiji - Nation-wide; Kiribati - Nation-wide; Marshall Islands - Nation-wide; Micronesia, Federated States of - Nation-wide; Nauru - Nation-wide; Niue - Nation-wide; Palau - Nation-wide; Papua New Guinea - Nation-wide; Samoa - Nation-wide; Solomon Islands - Nation-wide; Tonga - Nation-wide; Tuvalu - Nation-wide; Vanuatu - Nation-wide
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 Currently recruiting a Social Protection Advisor for Nauru and Aged Care Specialist for Cook Islands.
Responsible ADB Officer Carandang, Ninebeth S.
Responsible ADB Department Sectors Group
Responsible ADB Division Human and Social Development Sector Office (SG-HSD)
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
Concept Clearance 13 Nov 2019
Fact Finding -
Approval 15 Apr 2020
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 23 Apr 2023

TA 9963-REG

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
15 Apr 2020 - 15 Apr 2020 31 Mar 2025 31 Mar 2027 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
3,500,000.00 2,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 5,500,000.00 10 Apr 2024 1,630,990.69
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