Project Name Supporting National Development Planning toward Recovery from COVID-19
Project Number 54409-001
Country / Economy Sri Lanka
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6632-SRI: Supporting National Development Planning towards Recovery from COVID-19
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
TA 6632-SRI: Supporting National Development Planning toward Recovery from COVID-19 (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
Operational Priorities OP1: Addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities
OP2: Accelerating progress in gender equality
OP6: Strengthening governance and institutional capacity
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management / Economic affairs management - Social protection initiatives

Gender Some gender elements

The knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will help government agencies, through knowledge development and capacity building, to plan Sri Lanka's recovery from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and make systems resilient to similar crises in the future. The TA will focus on key sectors and address gaps in the system to ensure improved service delivery in the medium and long term.

The TA is aligned with the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) policy paper, Comprehensive Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The policy paper articulates ADB's support for its developing member countries in mitigating the economic, social, and health impacts of the pandemic. It is in response to the government's request for TA to conduct assessments on sectors affected by COVID-19 for national development planning for recovery from COVID-19 and building resilience. The TA will support the government's approach of maximizing the use of existing government human resources. Where capacity is not available, the TA will be used to mobilize national experts; if national experts are not available, international experts will be mobilized. The TA is included in the ADB country operations business plan, 20212023 for Sri Lanka. The current country partnership strategy envisages the provision of knowledge support during the implementation period in line with government needs. The TA is aligned with the operational priorities of ADB's Strategy 2030.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The fundamental development problem the government faces is recovering from the pandemic and making systems resilient to face future crises of a similar scale. While this will include policy responses to stimulate the economy and support sectors that continue to struggle, the government needs to identify gaps in the system and enhance the skills and knowledge of government officials to develop and implement plans and programs. Before the outbreak of COVID-19, the government had identified key policy areas in the National Policy Framework to guide the country's development process. These priorities remain relevant and continue to guide the government's recovery efforts. The policy areas prioritized by the National Policy Framework include (i) human resources development through better health care and education, (ii) agriculture and food security, (iii) improving the business climate, (iv) increasing exports, (v) tackling the budget deficit, (vi) value addition by small and medium-sized enterprises, (vii) women's labor force participation, (viii) improving social protection and welfare, (ix) an integrated planning and spatial approach to address rural urban gaps, (x) ensuring water for all for drinking and agriculture, (xi) strengthening disaster management and disaster warning systems, (xii) ensuring data availability for informed decision-making, and (xiii) mitigating the human elephant conflict. A crucial aspect of the post-COVID-19 recovery will be the access to and deployment of vaccines through a well-crafted vaccination strategy.

The government has requested ADB assistance to support its efforts toward economic recovery and improving system resilience. ADB needs to respond with curated knowledge solutions in a time-bound manner, and provide support to the government to respond to development issues successfully. The TA will support the government's planning and policy formulation with analytical studies, policy briefs, and technical reports on sector and thematic issues in priority areas; undertaking surveys and data analysis; and capacity development of public officials.


Knowledge base and capacity of government agencies to respond to shocks and fast-track recovery enhanced (defined by TA)

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Capacity of government to support the preparation of policies and programs on systems strengthening and resilience enhanced

Progress Toward Outcome Consultants have been recruited for the studies.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Technical studies, policy briefs, and other knowledge products on key sector and thematic issues prepared

2. Government officials knowledge and skills on systems strengthening and resilience improved

3. Findings of knowledge products widely disseminated

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) Draft report for the national planning study has been submitted to the National Planning Department. Four serendipity knowledge events have been held.
Geographical Location Nation-wide
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The TA was designed in response to a request made by the National Planning Department. Discussion were held with National Planning Department and the External Resources Department during project design to determine the scope of the TA and the implementation arrangements. .
During Project Implementation ADB will closely coordinate with the National Planning Department, which is the Executing Agency for the TA, during implementation. ADB will also discuss with line agencies in identifying specific activities to be supported under the TA.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services ADB will engage the consultants following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions
Procurement Not applicable
Responsible ADB Officer Kumar, Utsav
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Sri Lanka Resident Mission (SLRM)
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance, Economic Stabilization and National Policies
Concept Clearance 10 Nov 2020
Fact Finding 06 Nov 2020 to 06 Nov 2020
Approval 03 Dec 2020
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 16 Dec 2022

TA 6632-SRI

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
03 Dec 2020 10 Dec 2020 10 Dec 2020 03 Dec 2023 03 Dec 2025 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,500,000.00 29 Sep 2023 219,369.07
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