Project Name
Supporting Innovative Knowledge Solutions in South Asia
Project Number
Country / Economy
  • Regional
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • India
  • Maldives
  • Nepal
  • Sri Lanka
Project Status
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 10019-REG: Supporting Innovative Knowledge Solutions in South Asia
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.38 million
Operational Priorities
  • OP3: Tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability
  • OP5: Promoting rural development and food security
  • OP6: Strengthening governance and institutional capacity
Sector / Subsector
  • Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Agricultural policy, institutional and capacity development

  • Energy / Energy efficiency and conservation

  • Finance / Small and medium enterprise finance and leasing

  • Information and communication technology / ICT strategy and policy, and capacity development

  • Transport / Multimodal logistics

No gender elements
The knowledge and support TA will support formulation, implementation and dissemination of operationally relevant knowledge solutions for development strategies in South Asia, particularly strategies, policies, plans, and other knowledge products and services for a green and resilient post-COVID recovery, through in-depth analysis, stakeholder consultations, and high-level policy advice.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
South Asia has about 1.5 billion people and is one of the poorest regions in the world. Although globalization has brought opportunities, so far only a small percentage of people have benefited. Despite high rates of economic growth in recent years and steady progress in poverty reduction, the region is still home to nearly half of the world's poor. The region is prone to climate and geological disasters such as floods, droughts, cyclones or storms, earthquakes, and landslides. Increasing average temperatures and changes in seasonal rainfall patterns are already having adverse effects across South Asia affecting populations, infrastructure, ecosystems, and livelihoods.

Green and resilient post-COVID recovery and inclusive economic growth in SARD countries improved and sustained.

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome

Knowledge solutions for green, resilient, and inclusive development adopted by SARD DMCs

Progress Toward Outcome

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs

Integrated and multi-disciplinary approach for strengthening country knowledge programming delivered

Regional and country-level innovative knowledge solutions relating to a digital economy supported

Knowledge sharing, dissemination, and learning events enhanced

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location
Bangladesh - Nation-wide; Bhutan - Nation-wide; India - Nation-wide; Maldives - Nation-wide; Nepal - Nation-wide; Sri Lanka - 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
ADB will engage a mix of consulting firms, individual consultants and resource persons and carry out procurement following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions. Consultants' qualifications selection will be used if consulting services are engaged through a firm. Experts will be contracted via consulting firms or as individuals depending on the scope and requirements of the planned activities. Output based and/or lump-sum contracts will also be considered, but time-based contracts will be used as appropriate.
Not applicable


Responsible ADB Officer
Sahu, Prabhasha
Responsible ADB Department
South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division
Operations Coordination Unit, SARD (SAOC)
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank


Concept Clearance
18 Oct 2022
Fact Finding
08 Dec 2022
Last Review Mission
Last PDS Update
08 Dec 2022


TA 10019-REG

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
08 Dec 2022 - 08 Dec 2022 31 Dec 2025 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,375,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,375,000.00
Cumulative Disbursements
Date Amount
14 May 2024 369,553.40
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