Regional : Strengthening Country Safeguard Systems
The main outputs include: (i) clear assessment of the readiness (gaps and opportunities) for the use of country safeguard systems in ADB operations in specific DMCs (ii) agreed medium term programs that can be updated based on countries' needs in selected DMCs to strengthen country safeguard systems (e.g., TAs concepts supporting efforts to policy and legislation improvement and capacity building, and development of methodology for ADB DMCs mutual efforts in establishing a mutual accountability system in which the real impacts of country safeguard systems on ADB financed projects can be measured) and (iii) harmonized approaches among ADB, WB and other IFIs, for the further use of country safeguard systems in the DMCs. The TA will improve the implementation of environment and social safeguards through strengthened country safeguard systems in DMCs.
Cruda, Helen B.
Regional and Sustainable Development Department
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|Project Name||Strengthening Country Safeguard Systems|
|Country / Economy||Regional
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Knowledge solutions
|Sector / Subsector||
Public sector management / Economic affairs management
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming|
|Description||The main outputs include: (i) clear assessment of the readiness (gaps and opportunities) for the use of country safeguard systems in ADB operations in specific DMCs (ii) agreed medium term programs that can be updated based on countries' needs in selected DMCs to strengthen country safeguard systems (e.g., TAs concepts supporting efforts to policy and legislation improvement and capacity building, and development of methodology for ADB DMCs mutual efforts in establishing a mutual accountability system in which the real impacts of country safeguard systems on ADB financed projects can be measured) and (iii) harmonized approaches among ADB, WB and other IFIs, for the further use of country safeguard systems in the DMCs. The TA will improve the implementation of environment and social safeguards through strengthened country safeguard systems in DMCs. The TA s primary purpose is to set out the approach and methodology for assessing the potential application of country safeguard systems through detailed assessments of safeguard systems in DMCs to identify areas of commonality and gaps that will require capacity building, policy adaptation, and improved procedural clarity. The TA will cover three components: (i) methodology for assessing DMC safeguard systems and equivalence between these systems and ADB safeguard policies (ii) pilot application of the methodology in selected DMCs to assess equivalence, identify gaps if any, and determine suitability of specific country systems for use in ADB operations and (iii) identification of targeted capacity building programs with selected DMCs to fill identified gaps and strengthen country safeguard systems.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||Strengthening country safeguard systems and building DMCs institutional capacity in the application of environmental, involuntary resettlement and indigenous peoples are at the core of many country and regional strategies.|
|Impact||Improved ability to develop, implement, and enforce social and environmental safeguards in ADB DMCs through strengthened country safeguard systems|
|Description of Outcome||A structured approach to assessing country safeguard systems in selected DMCs developed; and commonalities and gaps that will require policy adaptation, improved procedures, and capacity building are identified|
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|Description of Project Outputs||
An understanding of policy, legislative and institutional gaps, and opportunities in DMCs for improving country safeguard systems.
Identification of medium-term programs to strengthen country safeguard systems and capacities
Harmonized approaches between ADB and development partners on the use of country systems in selected DMCs
Clear and consistent operational directions on safeguards that will guide the development and implementation of ADB projects
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
|Consulting Services||Environment Specialist 2.5pm Involuntary Resettlement Specialist 2.5 pm Indigenous Peoples Specialist 2.5pm to commence in October 2005 and completed by April 2006. Consultative Process Facilitator 5pm intermittently over 8 mos.commencing 15 Jan 2006. Communication Specialist 6pm commencing 15 Jan 2006.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Cruda, Helen B.|
|Responsible ADB Department||Regional and Sustainable Development Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Environment and Safeguards Division, RSDD|
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
|Concept Clearance||26 Aug 2005|
|Fact Finding||11 Mar 2005 to 25 Mar 2005|
|Approval||12 Dec 2005|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|PDS Creation Date||23 Feb 2006|
|Last PDS Update||21 Jul 2008|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|12 Dec 2005||-||12 Dec 2005||31 Mar 2007||31 Dec 2010||31 Jan 2012|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|1,467,968.00||100,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||1,567,968.00||17 Jun 2022||1,329,826.64|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Strengthening Country Safeguard Systems||TA Completion Reports||Feb 2012|
|Strengthening Country Safeguard Systems: Report on a Suggested Methodology for Assessing Country Safeguard Systems||Consultants' Reports||Dec 2011|
|Regional Workshop on Environmental Impact Assessment in Asia: Good Practices and Capacity Needs - Proceedings||Documents Produced Under Grant/Loans/TA||Jun 2010|
|Strengthening Country Safeguard Systems||TA Change in Scope, Amount, and Implementation Arrangements||Mar 2007|
|Technical Assistance for Strengthening Country Safeguard Systems||Technical Assistance Reports||Dec 2005|
Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards
Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.
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Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation
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