Regional : Strengthening Country Safeguard Systems

Sovereign Project | 39186-012

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.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Cruda, Helen B.
    Regional and Sustainable Development Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Regional
  • Modality
  • Sector
    • Public sector management
Project Name
Strengthening Country Safeguard Systems
Project Number
39186-012
Country / Economy
  • Regional
Project Status
Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6285-REG: Strengthening Country Safeguard Systems
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 800,000.00
TA 6285-REG: Strengthening Country Safeguard Systems (Supplementary)
Source Amount
Cooperation Fund for the Water Sector US$ 100,000.00
TA 6285-REG: Strengthening Country Safeguard Systems (2nd Supplementary)
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 70,000.00
TA 6285-REG: Strengthening Country Safeguard Systems (3rd Supplementary)
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 340,500.00
TA 6285-REG: Strengthening Country Safeguard Systems (4th supplementary)
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 257,468.00
Strategic Agendas
  • Environmentally sustainable growth
  • Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change
  • Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector
  • Public sector management / Economic affairs management

Gender
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

Project Outcome

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

Implementation Progress

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)
Geographical Location
Regional

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation

During Project Design
During Project Implementation

Business Opportunities

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.

Contact

Responsible ADB Officer
Cruda, Helen B.
Responsible ADB Department
Regional and Sustainable Development Department
Responsible ADB Division
Environment and Safeguards Division, RSDD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank

Timetable

Concept Clearance
26 Aug 2005
Fact Finding
11 Mar 2005 to 25 Mar 2005
MRM
-
Approval
12 Dec 2005
Last Review Mission
-
PDS Creation Date
23 Feb 2006
Last PDS Update
21 Jul 2008

Funding

TA 6285-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
12 Dec 2005 - 12 Dec 2005 31 Mar 2007 31 Dec 2010 31 Jan 2012
Financing Plan/TA Utilization
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,467,968.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,567,968.00
Cumulative Disbursements
Date Amount
17 Jun 2022 1,329,826.64

Project Data Sheets (PDS) contain summary information on the project or program. Because the PDS is a work in progress, some information may not be included in its initial version but will be added as it becomes available. Information about proposed projects is tentative and indicative.

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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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Related Publications

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