|Project Name||Strengthening Social Protection in the Pacific|
|Country / Economy||Regional
Micronesia, Federated States of
Papua New Guinea
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|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.
|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.|
|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
Knowledge production and partnerships on social protection strengthened.
|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|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
|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||Pacific Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||PASP|
Asian Development Bank
|Concept Clearance||13 Nov 2019|
|Approval||15 Apr 2020|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||23 Apr 2023|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|15 Apr 2020||-||15 Apr 2020||31 Mar 2025||-||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|500,000.00||2,000,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||2,500,000.00||23 Apr 2023||1,279,164.87|