The overall goal of the PPTA is to support inclusive poverty reduction by ensuring that the rural poor, in particular, have better access to services in the health, education, and agriculture sectors.
|Project Name||Preparing the Governance Reforms and Decentralization Cluster Program Program 1|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Public sector management / Decentralization
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||No gender elements|
|Description||The overall goal of the PPTA is to support inclusive poverty reduction by ensuring that the rural poor, in particular, have better access to services in the health, education, and agriculture sectors.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
With a low per capita gross domestic product (of about $311), and a poverty incidence of 38%, Nepal is undoubtedly one of the poorest countries in the world. Among the reasons attributed to poverty are inadequate access to basic social and education services, poor public sector governance, and uneven distribution of the benefits of growth to the population. Improving public sector governance is essential and includes transparent rule-based expenditures and increased decentralization over the spending authority to districts and villages.
The Constitution of Nepal 1990 envisages decentralization as a fundamental element of multiparty democracy and decentralization is a major vehicle to promote rural and local development, as well as poverty reduction, as stated in the Ninth and Tenth plans and operationalized in the Decentralization Implementation Work Plan approved in January 2002. This Work Plan includes actions such as (i) review of functions and determination of procedures for local bodies, (ii) classification and demarcation of district development committees and village development committees, (iii) delegation of judicial power to village development committees and municipalities, (iv) planning for local bodies, (v) standard operating procedures for local bodies? funds, (vi) performance monitoring, (vii) harmonization of legislation, and (viii) capacity development. The program will support the associated policy reforms and empowerment of local stakeholders, and accountability and capacity building of government institutions supporting the decentralization. Poverty reduction and inclusive development are part of the Government?s Tenth Plan. The Government?s priorities are consistent with ADB?s assistance, which includes measures for poverty reduction, economic growth, inclusive social development, and good governance.
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|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
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|Consulting Services||The TA will be implemented by a team of five domestic consultants for 60 person-months. The consultant team comprises of a Governance Expert (for 12 person-months) who will be the Team Leader; two Sector Administration and Service Delivery Experts (for 12 person-months each) in education and agriculture sectors; and two Sub-National Government Administration and Decentralization Experts (for 12 person-months each).|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Bhatta, Gambhir|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Public Management, Financial Sector and Trade Division, SARD|
Office of the Prime Minister&Council of Ministers
|Concept Clearance||07 Oct 2004|
|Fact Finding||20 Feb 2006 to 03 Mar 2006|
|Approval||31 Aug 2006|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|PDS Creation Date||07 Mar 2006|
|Last PDS Update||20 Nov 2008|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|31 Aug 2006||02 Nov 2006||02 Nov 2006||30 Nov 2007||31 Dec 2009||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|500,000.00||0.00||100,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||600,000.00||31 Aug 2006||374,987.38|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Preparing the Governance Reforms and Decentralization Cluster Program I (Financed by the Japan Special Fund)||Technical Assistance Reports||Aug 2006|
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