Papua New Guinea : Extending the Socioeconomic Benefits of an Improved Road Network to Roadside Communities

Sovereign Project | 40173-022

The objective of the project is to extend socio-economic benefits of the ADB's Highlands Region Road Improvement Investment Program (HRRIIP) to roadside communities adjacent to the HRRIIP roads in selected districts in Southern Highlands and Enga Provinces.

Project Name
Extending the Socioeconomic Benefits of an Improved Road Network to Roadside Communities
Project Number
Country / Economy
  • Papua New Guinea
Project Status
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 9130-PNG: Extending the Socioeconomic Benefits of an Improved Road Network to Roadside Communities
Source Amount
Japan Fund for Prosperous and Resilient Asia and the Pacific US$ 2.00 million
Strategic Agendas
  • Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change
  • Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
  • Partnerships
Sector / Subsector
  • Transport /

Gender equity theme
The objective of the project is to extend socio-economic benefits of the ADB's Highlands Region Road Improvement Investment Program (HRRIIP) to roadside communities adjacent to the HRRIIP roads in selected districts in Southern Highlands and Enga Provinces.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Local communities adjacent to HRRIIP will gain social and economic benefits from road improvement in the Southern Highland and Enga province.

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome

The project outcomes are: (i) local community gains better access to social services and local market; (ii) rural poor communities strengthen basic livelihood skills for road maintenance and income-generating activities; (iii) local communities understand and implement good practices related to basic health and sanitation, STI, and HIV; (iv) gender-responsive means of transportation improve access to social services and local market.

Progress Toward Outcome
The project delivered expected outcomes through improvement in rural feeder roads and provision of a small community infrastructure, capacity building on income generating activities, increased awareness on gender issues and health and promotion of gender responsive transportation.

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs

The project outputs are: (i) participation of 400 local community members in consultation and consensus building training; (ii) rehabilitation of 80 km of community based rural feeder roads and 8 rural infrastructures; (iii) training in skills development, community awareness and behavior change on health related issues of 400 local community members; and (iv) carrying out of 8 pilot interventions for gender responsive transportation.

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

The project has been physically completed. The following have been accomplised by the project.

(i) Rural feeder roads of 81 km in eight road sections were rehabilitated and are being maintained by the community members. A total of seven simple rural infrastructure facilities were constructed. Activities for Yakalap Yakamanda, including the provision of rural infrastructure, were cancelled due to tribal fights. A total of 2,780 community laborers, with 41% women participated in civil work activities.

(ii) Skills trainings consisting of livelihood and microfinance for eight road sections were completed. 341 local community members were trained with 22% female.

(iii) Different IEC materials including STI/HIV/AIDS, malaria, breastfeeding, TB, domestic violence, family planning, road safety etc. supplied by the NDOH and Consultative Implementation & Monitoring Council (CIMC) were distributed to the communities.

(iv) Two Gender Relations Trainings and two Health and Gender workshops were conducted in each of the four roads in Enga and SHP. 2,386 community members with 41% female participated in these trainings.

(v) Two Basic Health Trainings and one HIV/AIDS Training were conducted in each of the four road sections in Enga and SHP. These were participated by 581 community members with 29% female.

(vi) A total of 412 community members with 32% female participated in gender training. This component was combined with gender trainings under component 4.

(vii) Four gender responsive transportation (GRT) pilot activities were conducted by establishing GRT committees. These committees were responsible for advocating gender responsive transportation such as through road campaigns and community awareness and demonstration activities done on a weekly basis from AugustNovember 2012 in Enga and from SeptemberNovember 2012 in SHP.

Geographical Location

Safeguard Categories

Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
The project has no adverse environmental impact.
Involuntary Resettlement
No involuntary resettlement is involved in the project.
Indigenous Peoples
No Indegenous Peoples are negatively impacted by the project during implementation.

Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation

During Project Design
An extensive program of consultations, women's focus groups, and surveys took place during the preparation of the HRRIIP, resulting in part in the inception of the Project under JFPR. At the inception stage, a stakeholder analysis was carried out to identify the primary and secondary stakeholders; their interest in the Project; their perceptions of current problems related to road accessibility, mobility, and transport services; and the resources they could bring to the achievement of the goals and objectives of the Project.
During Project Implementation
The Project was carried out in consutation with and participation among communities, provincial and district administrations, national and provincial departments of works, national and provincial AIDS councils, local NGOs, and relevant donor partners working in the area. The implementing agency consulted with district administration, local governments, DOW, and communities in roadside villages beside the HRRIIP roads to prioritize the use of the JFPR. Community participation was a core element of each activity. Communities were identified by INGO, DOW, and the provincial administrations of Enga and Southern Highlands provinces. Community self evaluation was conducted during project implementation on a semiannual basis. It was aimed at determining a more adequate training approach and effective community-based road rehabilitation and maintenance activities. Where it was completed, it proved to be an innovative formative exercise with direct involvement of community members.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services

An INGO was recruited following ADB Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2007, as amended from time to time). Single Source Selection (SSS) used.

Any procurement under the Project will be conducted in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2007, as amended from time to time). Procurement will include construction work, construction tools and equipment for civil works and revegetation, audio visual equipment and office supply, etc. Since most construction works will be small-scale, without having much chance of attracting international firms or national firms, Community Participation in Procurement for civil work activities in line with the Procurement Guidelines, para 3.17 will be appropriate to use. Training activities needs to be discussed with training institute to inform the design process and to avoid duplication. Shopping procurement methods will be used for procurement of small equipment and supplies. Audio-visual and office equipment will be turned over to DOW in each province at the end of the project.


Responsible ADB Officer
Veve, Emma M.
Responsible ADB Department
Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division
Urban, Social Development & Public Management Division, PARD
Executing Agencies
Department of Works and Highways


Concept Clearance
13 Jun 2008
Fact Finding
16 Jun 2008 to 30 Jun 2008
30 May 2008
02 Mar 2009
Last Review Mission
PDS Creation Date
15 Jul 2008
Last PDS Update
28 Sep 2017


Grant 9130-PNG

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
02 Mar 2009 03 Mar 2009 03 Mar 2009 02 Mar 2013 02 Sep 2013 04 Dec 2017
Financing Plan
  Total (Amount in US$ million)
Project Cost 2.00
ADB 0.00
Counterpart 0.00
Cofinancing 2.00
Grant Utilization
  Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards 17 Jun 2022 0.00 1.94 97%
Cumulative Disbursements 17 Jun 2022 0.00 1.94 97%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory - Satisfactory Partly satisfactory - Satisfactory

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Contracts Awarded

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