Under the proposed Program, South Asia will undertake necessary reforms to address key development challenges in order to attain equitable broad-based growth. Expected outcomes are innovative approaches in addressing the key development challenges in South asia, which will be implemented and disseminated within the region and to other Asian countries. Furthermore, in line with the ongoing Innovation and Efficiency Initiative, the proposed umbrella approach is expected to improve operational efficiency in providing development assistance services to the DMCs in South Asia by focusing more on the quality of ADB services to address the above-mentioned development challenges in South Asia, rather than on associated paper preparation. It may also contribute to some reduction in the number of TAs during the next 5 years.
|Project Name||Development Partnership Program for South Asia|
|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||
Education / Education sector development - Technical and vocational education and training - Tertiary
Public sector management / Economic affairs management
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming|
|Description||Under the proposed Program, South Asia will undertake necessary reforms to address key development challenges in order to attain equitable broad-based growth. Expected outcomes are innovative approaches in addressing the key development challenges in South asia, which will be implemented and disseminated within the region and to other Asian countries. Furthermore, in line with the ongoing Innovation and Efficiency Initiative, the proposed umbrella approach is expected to improve operational efficiency in providing development assistance services to the DMCs in South Asia by focusing more on the quality of ADB services to address the above-mentioned development challenges in South Asia, rather than on associated paper preparation. It may also contribute to some reduction in the number of TAs during the next 5 years.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||All subprojects are consistent with the ADB Strategy 2020, the South Asia Regional Cooperation Strategy and Program (2006-2008), and the respective country strategies and priorities as elaborated in the Country Partnership and Strategy and al other country planning and strategy documents.|
|Description of Outcome|
|Progress Toward Outcome||
The initial contribution amounted to $8.5 (equivalent to A$11 million) which was provided over a period of five years (from 2006 to 2011). In April 2012, AusAID provided an additional funding of $3.155 (equivalent to A$3 million) bringing the total grant amount to about $11.655 million. The additional financing will maintain the momentum and maximize the impact and sustainability of the assistance provided to date under the facility and enhance the visibility of the AusAID-ADB partnership. Expected completion date of the RETA is on 30 June 2014.
The RETA has financed 27 subprojects of which 12 have been completed. The remaining 15 subprojects in the portfolio are at various stages of implementation, with six subprojects having been approved only in September and October 2012. There is strong evidence from the 12 completed and 15 ongoing subprojects of the results and outputs contributing to the expected outcome and impact of the RETA. Selected outcomes for which evidence is available include: (i) enhanced good governance and improved financial management systems (Bhutan and Maldives); (ii) strengthened capacity of executing agencies to reduce corruption and mismanagement of resources (Bhutan); (iii)improved service delivery (Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka); (iv) improved enterprise registration, licensing and clearance for business start-ups (Bhutan); and (v) policy options for increased inter and intraregional trade (South Asia). Outcomes are also expected in terms of wider adoption of compost based municipal solid waste management across the region, development of women's enterprises (Bangladesh), and enhanced capacity of policy makers to integrate innovative approaches in preparing long term plans in the education sector (South Asia). A concrete statement on project outcomes and impacts can, however, only be made after the subprojects are completed and a reasonable period to generate expected impacts has elapsed.
|Description of Project Outputs|
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
All the subprojects financed under the facility have clear objectives and outputs related to good governance (8), RCI (5), inclusive growth (5), urban infrastructure and service delivery (4), human resources and development (3), and climate change resilience and green growth (2).
Innovative intervention has been the most broadly supported of four output types under the facility, both in terms of the number of subprojects (19) and the total approved amount (US$9.7 million) of the subprojects in which it has played a part. This reflects the original intent and agreement to encourage innovative proposals between ADB and AusAID during the establishment of the facility and the design of the RETA.
The RETA is surpassing its original output targets by (i) implementing 19 innovative projects, against a target of 10; (ii) completing four strategic regional conferences (target: 2); and (iii) conducting more than 10 information projects, against a target of 10; (ii) completing four strategic regional conferences (target: 2); and (iii) conducting more than 10 information dissemination workshops, compared with a target of 2. So far, it has completed three targeted assessments with additional three expected from the recently approved subprojects (target: 5). Several strategic regional conferences and information dissemination workshops are planned under the six recently approved subprojects, thus, exceeding the original targets.
A regional workshop was organized and held on 10-11 November 2014 in Manila.
Ongoing financial closure.
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation||In March 2012, AusAID and ADB embarked on their first joint review of subprojects financed under the facility as part of strengthening the results monitoring, and to provide better analysis of the causes of subproject success or failure. The team reviewed 10 subprojects in Bhutan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka and met with government officials and counterparts, stakeholders, and beneficiaries. The subprojects were at various levels of implementation progress and spread across the five priority areas. This joint review was both retrospective and prospective because the findings from the field and feedback from the meetings are informing both ADB and AusAID in engaging with the participating countires and planning for future portfolio of initiatives. Both institutions agreed to undertake at least one joint review per year. Also, high level consultations between AusAID and ADB take place annually.|
|Consulting Services||Consulting services yet to be determined.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Bhatta, Gambhir|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Div, SARD|
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
|Concept Clearance||15 May 2006|
|Approval||18 Aug 2006|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|PDS Creation Date||18 May 2007|
|Last PDS Update||11 Sep 2015|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|18 Aug 2006||-||18 Aug 2006||31 Aug 2012||28 Feb 2015||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|0.00||12,696,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||12,696,000.00||18 Aug 2006||12,701,113.72|
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