Nepal: Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Development Project

Sovereign Project | 38347-022

ADB is supporting Nepal’s efforts to bring internet and other information technology services to remote areas. The project will help develop an e-government framework and data infrastructure, e-citizen applications for driver's license and land registration, human resources development programs, and policies to ensure interoperability of online technologies.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Bhatt, Bhupendra Chandra
    South Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Country
  • Modality
    • Grant
  • Sector
    • Information and communication technology
Project Name Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Development Project
Project Number 38347-022
Country Nepal
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0106-NEP: Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Development Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 25.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector

Information and communication technology / ICT infrastructure - ICT strategy and policy, and capacity development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements

The Project will help the Government to provide improved accessibility, efficiency, and transparency in government/public delivery through increase application of information and communication technology (ICT), ensuring affordable access to ICT for communities and businessess.

The Project involves (i) building a government ICT network, which allows government-to-government exchange of data and information and central management of government data and information; (ii) developing various priority e-government applications; and (iii) developing and implementing human resources development programs.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact Increased information and communication technology (ICT) uptake in the country (community, business, and government), leading to inclusive and sustainable socio-economic development
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Improved accessibility, efficiency, and transparency in government/public service delivery through increased application of ICT, ensuring affordable access to ICT for communities and businesses
Progress Toward Outcome

Government information and data center (GIDC) strengthened through preparation of Government e-architecture, establishment of GIDC and launching of national portal. Equipment for groupware; video conference installed and application for document management system installed in different government offices.

Developed and rolled out IT based online system: (i) i.e., NID system at NIDMC; (ii)for applying to the government job vacancies at Public service commission; (iii) land record management system at Department of Land Record Management; and (iv) electronic driving license system at Department of Transport Management. Online vehicle registration system was also developed for DOTM which could not get rolled out within the project duration.

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. E-government framework and data infrastructure

2. E-citizen services and applications for driver's license and land registration

3. Nationwide human resources development for e-government and ICT

4. National ICT operating policies and guidelines to ensure interoperability with online technologies of government, business, and the broader community

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

Land record management system developed for Department of Land record management was pilot launched in Kalanki LRO on 10 Aug 2015; and rolled out in all other 13 LROs with issuance of Operational Acceptance Certificate in June 2017.

Pilot launch of the Electronic Driving License System was done on 30 Nov 2015; and was put in to operation in all targeted 13 DOTM offices. Vehicle registration system was also developed.

Online system for application to the government job vacancies announced through Public Service Commission was developed. External portal was launched on 8 April 2015 and the system is functioning properly.

Government information and data center (GIDC) strengthened through: (i) preparation of Government e-architecture, (ii) cabinet approval of the National ICT Operating Policy for GEA and NeGIF on 22 February 2015; (iii) subsequent establishment of GIDC and launching of national portal; and (iv) installation of equipment for groupware and video conference; and development and installation of application for document management system in different government offices; and (v) preparation of the government e-architecture and launching of national portal on 4 December 2013.

For developing nationwide human resources for e-government and ICT: (i) Curriculum and materials developed for ICT; (ii) 118 training were imparted to government staff through 13 training service providers and trained 3,821 government staff (male:3,385 and female:436).

Geographical Location Kathmandu
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects IEE report repared by the national envrionment consultant as part of PPTA. The study was carried out from June to July 2007. The IEE concluded no further requirement for environmental impact study.
Involuntary Resettlement The Project did not involved land acquisition or resettlement. So, there was no need of resettlement plan.
Indigenous Peoples The Project did not have any adverse impact on the communities and in particular the Janajatis. The Project will have overall positive impact on the Project beneficiaries.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Consultation was carried out with concerned stakeholders during Project formulation.
During Project Implementation Consultation was carried out, as and when required, with concerned Project stakeholders during implementation of the Project.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

A national firm was recruited to provide project management support for 108 person-months to the Project Management Unit (PMU) under OPMCM. The consultants had (i) assisted the PMU in developing a comprehensive system for monitoring the Project's performance, as prescribed in the project design and performance framework, and for identifying the performance parameters to be monitored during the implementation of the Project; (ii) reviewing monthly progress reports submitted by the Implementing Agencies, identifying potential problems in the implementation of each component, developing remedial measures to avoid or correct problems, and preparing monthly progress report summary, including all the findings and recommendations, for the project director of the PMU, ADB, and the cofinancier; (iii) organizing regular progress review meeting with the Implementing Agencies and the contractors concerned, facilitate interagency coordination and cooperation between project components, reconciling any opposing views on the system design and implementation plans, and preparing a summary of each meeting for the project director of the PMU under OPMCM, ADB, and the cofinancier; (iv) providing technical advice to the Implementing Agencies in case of technical disputes with contractors; (v) reviewing the fund withdrawal applications submitted by the Implementing Agencies, checking their appropriateness and accuracy, and advising the chief project director of the PMU whether not to endorse them for payment; and (vi) preparing a quarterly project progress report and a quarterly project performance monitoring and evaluation report to be submitted to ADB.

The project management consultants was selected in accordance with Guidelines on The Use of Consultants (2007, as amended from time to time) following the quality- and cost-based selection (80:20) and a simplified technical proposal.

Then major consulting package under the grant was completed on 15 March 2013.

Procurement Procurement of goods, services, and civil works to be financed under the ADB grant was carried out in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines, which is amended from time to time. All packages under the grant were procured and completed.
Responsible ADB Officer Bhatt, Bhupendra Chandra
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Nepal Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Office of the Prime Minister&Council of Ministers
Mr. Leela Mani Paudyal
[email protected]
Singha Durbar, Kathmandu, Nepal
Office of the Prime Minister&Council of Ministers
Concept Clearance 07 Oct 2004
Fact Finding 02 Jul 2007 to 09 Jul 2007
MRM 03 Aug 2007
Approval 28 Jan 2008
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 06 Oct 2008
Last PDS Update 06 Aug 2019

Grant 0106-NEP

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
28 Jan 2008 23 May 2008 25 Jul 2008 31 Dec 2014 31 Dec 2018 11 Nov 2019
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 31.20 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 25.00 18 Nov 2021 21.35 0.00 91%
Counterpart 6.20 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 18 Nov 2021 21.35 0.00 91%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory - Satisfactory

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Title Document Type Document Date
Nepal: Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Development Project Validations of Project Completion Reports Aug 2021

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