The Government of Bhutan has requested a capacity development technical assistance from ADB to support the conduct of the Third Bhutan Living Standards Survey (BLSS) or 2011 BLSS, a major data source for assessing its five-year plan (2008-2013), for poverty assessment and for updating the weights for the consumer price index.
|Project Name||Third Bhutan Living Standards Survey|
|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 - Economic affairs management
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Effective gender mainstreaming|
|Description||The Government of Bhutan has requested a capacity development technical assistance from ADB to support the conduct of the Third Bhutan Living Standards Survey (BLSS) or 2011 BLSS, a major data source for assessing its five-year plan (2008-2013), for poverty assessment and for updating the weights for the consumer price index.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
a. Link to Country Partnership Strategy/Regional Cooperation Strategy
The conduct of BLSS, however, cannot be postponed until appropriate government support mechanisms are in place. BLSS is a major data source in assessing the current five year plan that will end in 2013 and because BLSS data supports multi-dimensional poverty assessment, it can help promote better development perspective of major stakeholders of the plan. The first two rounds of the BLSS provided the government sound indicators for assessing its development plan as well as for informing policy. In addition to household consumption and expenditure information, data on household assets and remittances, housing, access to public facilities and services were also collected. Moreover, the education, employment status, and health of each member of the sample households as well as the prices of basic commodities were also compiled. It is, therefore, practicable that the third round of BLSS be supported. The technical assistance can be designed to provide the much-needed upgrade of technical skills of NSB staff. And the dissemination of BLSS results can also be utilized to advocate for the promulgation of the Statistics Act.
This CDTA aims to contribute in the increase in evidence-based policy making for poverty reduction so that development outcomes can be improved.
In the long term, it is expected that if a cost-effective and reliable survey design can be produced under this CDTA, the government will be able to support the regular conduct of the BLSS which is an important data source for informing policy. In so doing, there will be more timely poverty and related statistics available for policy analysis and policy making and monitoring.
|Impact||More evidence-based policy making for poverty reduction|
|Description of Outcome||Regular conduct of the BLSS with government support.|
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|Description of Project Outputs||
Survey design that can be used for some project impact evaluation and that the Government can afford.
NSB staff trained in designing and implementing surveys
Third BLSS data
Project implemented on time and within budget
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||The following government agencies were consulted on the conduct of the Third Living Standards Survey: Ministry of Agriculture and Forests; Gross National Happiness Commission; and Ministry of Labour and Human Resources. These agencies were major users of the BLSS and also, some of them also conduct surveys of national coverage. Consultations with the United Nations Development Fund, the sponsor of the 2007 BLSS and World Food Programme, another major user of BLSS were also held. All the agencies consulted support the conduct of the Third Bhutan Living Standards Survey (2011) and are willing to collaborate in reviewing the data items for the survey and provide technical support, if needed.|
|During Project Implementation|
|Consulting Services||The TA will finance 2 person months of international consulting services. ADB will engage consultants in accordance with its Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time).|
|Procurement||Procurement of equipment, if any, will follow ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2010, as amended from time to time). The equipment will be handed over to NSB upon completion of the TA.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Maligalig, Dalisay S.|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Div, SARD|
National Statistics Bureau
Ministry of Planning
Thimphu, Royal Government of Bhutan
|Concept Clearance||08 Jul 2011|
|Approval||14 Oct 2011|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||08 Jul 2011|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|14 Oct 2011||05 Dec 2011||05 Dec 2011||31 Dec 2012||30 Jun 2013||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|300,000.00||0.00||50,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||350,000.00||14 Oct 2011||275,716.74|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Third Bhutan Living Standards Survey: Technical Assistance Completion Report||TA Completion Reports||Sep 2014|
|Third Bhutan Living Standards Survey||Technical Assistance Reports||Oct 2011|
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