Project Name Strengthening ADB's Safeguard Policy Provisions and Procedures
Project Number 54203-001
Country / Economy Regional
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6577-REG: Strengthening ADB's Safeguard Policy Provisions and Procedures
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
TA 6577-REG: Strengthening ADB's Safeguard Policy Provisions and Procedures
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
TA 6577-REG: Strengthening ADB's Safeguard Policy Provisions and Procedures
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 400,000.00
TA 6577-REG: Strengthening ADB's Safeguard Policy Provisions and Procedures
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.50 million
Operational Priorities 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
Sector / Subsector

Multisector / ADB's corporate management, policy and strategy development

Gender Some gender elements
Description The knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will strengthen the Safeguard Policy Statement (SPS) policy provisions and procedures to enhance its effectiveness and relevance to the changing needs of the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) borrowers and clients, and develop the capacity of developing member countries (DMCs) to uphold safeguards in development projects. It will take into consideration the recommendations of the Independent Evaluation Department's (IED) Corporate Evaluation on the effectiveness of the 2009 SPS in achieving ADB's safeguard objectives. The TA is aligned with the first operational priority of Strategy 2030 on addressing remaining poverty and inequality; and the sixth operational priority on strengthening governance and institutional capacity in relation to upholding safeguards. The TA concept was endorsed during the corporate priority framework meeting in November 2019 and is included in the 2020 management approved results-based work plan of the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department (SDCC).
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The ADB Board approved the SPS in July 2009 and it came into effect in January 2010. The SPS consolidated three previous policies on environment, involuntary resettlement, and

indigenous peoples. The SPS (para 82) mandated a policy review by IED five years after becoming effective to assess its effectiveness in achieving ADB's objectives. The IED 2019

corporate evaluation was preceded by an operational review of the SPS in 2014 and 2016.

Over the past 10 years, ADB has made significant efforts to improve the capacity of DMCs and its clients to manage social and environment risks. At the same time, the country context, development needs, systems, and capacities of DMCs and clients have evolved considerably. ADB has rolled out new lending instruments (i.e. policy-based loan, results-based loan, and other new lending modalities) which require different approaches in assessing and managing safeguards risks. Between 20102018, the size of ADB's portfolio doubled, with increase private sector financing; and non-infrastructure sector projects (health, education, technical vocational education and training), where the capacities of the executing and implementing agencies are weak. The shift from predominately standalone investment projects to a more diverse portfolio including multitranche financing facility, policy-based loans, and results-based lending, wherein interlinkages between social and environment risks are complex, and processing times are shorter, create challenges for current safeguard processes and resources. The SPS did not anticipate the current increases in private sector financing, greater diversity in the use of financial intermediaries, general corporate finance

loans, private equity investments and other innovative financing modalities. Furthermore, for the Strategy 2030 period, there is a need to consider the suitability of the existing safeguard policy framework to fragile and conflict affected situations (FCAS) and small island developing states (SIDS). Thus, there is a need to examine whether the current SPS provisions remain relevant and robust enough to ensure SPS policy objectives are fully implemented.


Implementation of environment and social safeguards in ADB projects improved

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Governance framework in DMCs to uphold environment and social safeguards in ADB projects improved

Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

ADB's safeguard policies strengthened

Safeguards policy procedures streamlined and requirements improved

Stakeholder engagement plan implemented

Preparatory measures for roll-out of the revised safeguard policy implemented

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Regional
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 TBD
Procurement TBD
Responsible ADB Officer Abbas, Zehra
Responsible ADB Department Office of Safeguards
Responsible ADB Division Office of Safeguards
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
Concept Clearance 14 Jul 2020
Fact Finding 01 Sep 2020 to 15 Sep 2020
Approval 15 Oct 2020
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 15 Oct 2020

TA 6577-REG

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
15 Oct 2020 - 15 Oct 2020 31 Dec 2022 31 Mar 2025 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
4,400,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 4,400,000.00 04 Oct 2023 2,500,469.29
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