Project Name Small Scale Water Resources Development Sector II
Project Number 30209-013
Country Bangladesh
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 1831-BAN: Small Scale Water Resources Development Sector II
Concessional ordinary capital resources / Asian Development Fund US$ 34.00 million
Loan: Small Scale Water Resources Development Sector II
Netherlands US$ 24.60 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Water-based natural resources management

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming

The overall goal of the Project is to support the Government's poverty reduction effort by increasing sustainable agricultural and fishery production. The project objective is to develop sustainable stakeholder-driven, small-scale water resource management systems with special attention to the poorer section of the population. The objectives will be achieved by (i) developing improved means of beneficiary participation in the selection, design, implementation, and operation and maintenance of smallscale water resource management development systems; (ii) rehabilitating and constructing small-scale water resource management infrastructure with appropriate agricultural extension, fisheries extension, and aquaculture development; (iii) developing effective management of environmental and social impacts of subprojects, including on those engaged in practicing floodplain capture fisheries; and (iv) developing institutional strengthening and capacity building of relevant Government and stakeholder organizations to ensure adequate support for smallscale

water resources development at all levels.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Sustainable water resource management is a critical element of the Government's poverty reduction strategy, as 90 per cent of the poor living in rural areas and water resources being the foundation of many traidiotnal rural activities engaged by the poor. Based on the Government's main instrument to have the strategy implemented, the SSWRDSP was launched in 1996 to enhance rural incomes by developing community-based water management associations (WMAs) and communitymanaged, small-scale infrastructure; this has proved to be an effective means to reduce rural poverty. Participatory water resources development and management is necessary to effectively implement key principles by strengthening the implementation framework; this was demonstrated under the SSWRDSP. Expansion of small-scale water resources development is one of the key elements in effectively reducing rural poverty.

Consistent with the National Water Policy of Bangladesh and with the water policy of ADB

Impact To support the Government's poverty reduction effort by increasing sustainable agricultural and fishery production.

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome Increase agricultural production in subproject areas through sustainable stakeholder-driven, small sacle water resource management systems [Taken from the Project Framework]
Progress Toward Outcome Overall implementation progress is 99%
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Participatory Water Resources Development: Mobilization of Beneficiary Participation

Community-Based Infrastructure Development

Water Resources-Oriented Support Programs

Institutional Strengthening in the Small-Scale Water Resource Sector

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

Implementable subprojects target stood at 300.

100% contribution of O&M fund received for 300 subprojects.

WRS completed in 300 subprojects

Various water resources oriented support programs were undertaken in the completed subprojects

IEE/EIA included in feasibility reports.

BME systems established

Regular progress meetings held at management level

LGED training counterpart has been placed

Geographical Location Nationwide except for 3 hill districts

Safeguard Categories

Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement The Project processed land acquisition for 48 subprojects for a total area of 43.42 ha, but funds were released for 15 subprojects only. Affected land owners in 10 subprojects voluntarily donated their lands at free of cost for the infrastructure sites even after obtaining administrative approval from the Ministry. EA agreed to make land payments to the affected land owners in future projects as these are scarce resources particularly for the vulnerable community who has small parcel of land.
Indigenous Peoples An indigenous peoples' development plan has been prepared for Boraghat subproject in Mymensingh.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Beneficiaries participated in subproject selection, planning, implementation, and O&M. NGO facilitators were selected taking performance in the first phase of the Project into consideration. The facilitators were trained and fielded in April 2003. Total 2,948 subproject proposals were received from intended beneficiaries.
During Project Implementation

100 percent of beneficiaries fully contributed required annual O&M amounts in each subproject

A total of about 3.7 million person-days of local labors were engaged to complete about 9.7 million cubic meters of earthworks for the Project. This activity created employment opportunity for a total of 40,483 LCS members (35,077 male and 5,406 female) over the duration of the Project.

An empowerment process was ongoing and women were found to be elected as WMCA chair and treasurer. Women were also representing in the sub-committees and in some WMCAs they were heading the micro-finance (MF) Sub-committee, Fisheries Sub-Committee etc.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services

Consulting services will assist project implementation with capacity building and institutional strengthening. Aa total of 962 person-months of consulting services are required, including 824 person-months of domestic and 138 person-months of international consultant inputs. The total cost of the consulting services will be financed by the Government of the Netherlands and the services will be administered by ADB.

ADB Management has approved advance procurement of urgently needed consultant services, materials, equipment and vehicles. Shortlisting is scheduled in July 2001.

Procurement Supplies to be procured under the Project will consist generally of service vehicles, construction equipment, computers and survey and laboratory equipment. All supplies, equipment and services will be purchased in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on Procurement. Civil works contracts for structures will be awarded under local competitive bidding procedures. Earthworks contracts valued at less than $5,000 will be carried out by LGED's force account utlizing Labor Contracting Societies. Supplies contracts not exceeding $500,000, will be awarded in accordance with the international shopping procedures. Other miscellaneous equipment and supplies, with each package value below the equivalent of $100,000, will be procured by direct purchase procedures.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Ahmad, Zahir U.
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Bangladesh Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Local Government Engineering Department
Mr. Moshiur Rahman
[email protected]
RDEC Bhaban (Level-5)


Concept Clearance 15 May 2002
Fact Finding 17 May 2002 to 19 May 2002
MRM 18 Nov 2002
Approval 12 Jul 2001
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 04 Feb 2007
Last PDS Update 19 Jan 2012

LoanĀ 1831-BAN

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
12 Jul 2001 01 Aug 2001 09 Nov 2001 31 Dec 2009 30 Jun 2010 15 Jun 2010
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 78.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 34.00 12 Jul 2001 31.88 0.00 96%
Counterpart 19.40 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 24.60 12 Jul 2001 33.10 0.00 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory Satisfactory - - - Satisfactory

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