The objectives of the Project are to help (i) establish a regulatory framework for the urban water supply sector, (ii) develop sustainable operational frameworks for the decentralized management of water supply, (iii) building capacity in provincial water supply organizations, (iv) implement water supply and sanitation systems in about 12 of the highest priority small towns in the sector investment plan, and (v) expand the water supply distribution system and sanitation facilities for Vientiane. The Project has four parts: Part A - community awareness and participation program (CAPP); Part B - improved water supply and sanitation in small towns; Part C - Vientiane water supply system expansion and sanitation; and Part D - implementation assistance and capacity building.
|Project Name||Water Supply and Sanitation Sector|
|Country||Lao People's Democratic Republic
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Loan
|Source of Funding / Amount|
|Drivers of Change|
|Sector / Subsector||
Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Water supply and sanitation
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming|
|Description||The objectives of the Project are to help (i) establish a regulatory framework for the urban water supply sector, (ii) develop sustainable operational frameworks for the decentralized management of water supply, (iii) building capacity in provincial water supply organizations, (iv) implement water supply and sanitation systems in about 12 of the highest priority small towns in the sector investment plan, and (v) expand the water supply distribution system and sanitation facilities for Vientiane. The Project has four parts: Part A - community awareness and participation program (CAPP); Part B - improved water supply and sanitation in small towns; Part C - Vientiane water supply system expansion and sanitation; and Part D - implementation assistance and capacity building.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||A reasonable quality of life is currently unattainable for many of the people in the target small towns communities and the periurban areas of Vientiane. Attempts to improve the people's status and health are continually impeded by having to spend considerable time, energy, and financial resources acquiring their daily water needs. This is especially true for women and children, the traditional carriers of water. Currently, these communities are using shallow wells or purchasing water at high prices from vendors. Further, a lack of basic infrastructure such as water supply is constraining the economic development of these small towns and periurban areas of Vientiane. Consequently, they cannot function effectively as service centers for the surrounding rural areas. Although about 50 percent of inhabitants have sanitation services, many of the facilities are unsanitary which, together with a lack of hygiene awareness, is undermining the Government's efforts to improve health. The Project addresses the Government's highest priorities in the water supply sector, and will help the Government move toward its long-term vision of providing safe and convenient water supplies and sanitation facilities to 80 percent of all urban communities.|
|Description of Outcome|
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|Description of Project Outputs|
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)|
|Geographical Location||Small towns nationwide and the periurban areas of Vientiane|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
|Consulting Services||Package A - includes 55 person-months of international and 365 person-months of domestic consulting services to undertake feasibility studies, subproject appraisal reports, and detailed engineering design and construction supervision. Package B - includes 43 person-months of international and 36 person-months of domestic consulting services for capacity building services to support the project management unit, develop and assist in the implementation of an institutional framework, strengthen the capacity of the provincial nam papas in financial management and O&M, and strengthen the Water Supply Authority. Package C - includes 6 person-months of international and 12 person-months of domestic consulting services to formulate a strategy and prepare measures to clear unexploded ordnance from the project areas. Package D - includes a total of 168 person-months of consulting services of a domestic NGO to manage the CAPP.|
|Procurement||Contracts for major civil works will be undertaken using international competitive bidding procedures. Procurement of utility vehicles and office equipment will be carried out using international shopping.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||ADB Disclosure|
|Responsible ADB Department||Southeast Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Human and Social Development Division, SERD|
Ministry of Comm, Trans., Post & Construction
Dr. Somphone Dethoudom
Vientiane, Lao PDR
|Fact Finding||08 Apr 1999 to 29 Apr 1999|
|MRM||28 May 1999|
|Approval||16 Nov 1999|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|PDS Creation Date||28 Nov 2006|
|Last PDS Update||14 Dec 2006|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Lao People's Democratic Republic: Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Project [Loan 1710-LAO]||Validations of Project Completion Reports||Sep 2010|
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