The Asian Development Bank is working with Nepal to accelerate poverty reduction and socially inclusive development in the hill, mountain, and Terai districts. The program is supporting greater inclusion, good governance, and accelerated service delivery in rural infrastructure by adopting and implementing legislation, policies, and institutional capacity development programs.
|Project Name||Rural Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Sector Development Program (Program grant)|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Grant
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
|Sector / Subsector||
Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Agricultural policy, institutional and capacity development
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Effective gender mainstreaming|
|Description||The goal of the Program is to improve the living conditions and well being of number of people in the conflict affected areas by restoring basic social infrastructure, community and public services, and livelihoods. The Program will provide basic needs in the conflict-affected aread through income-generation activities through rural roads, water supply and sanitation, community development, and institutional infrastructure.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy|
|Impact||Reduce rural poverty in hill, mountain, and terai districts where isolation and hardship are common|
|Description of Outcome||
Greater economic and social inclusion, good governance, and improved service delivery in rural
|Progress Toward Outcome||With the exception of getting a Cabinet approval on the draft National Resettlement Policy, the Government has been satisfactorily executing the policy ctions/decisions and has fully utilized the funds under the Program. ADB has financed four short-term consultant inputs to improve quality of the draft Policy so that NPC could resubmit to the Cabinet and get an approval.|
|Description of Project Outputs|
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
Out of the 29 policy actions/decisions taken under the Program, further actions were envisaged with 9 of them. Out of the 9 policy actions, further actions have been taken in eight of them. These include: (i) the Constituent Assembly has already established a State Restructuring and Distribution of Power Committee; (ii) almost all the technical staff positions in all 75 DTOs have been filled; (iii) MOF issued directives to the Financial Comptroller General Office to undertake public expenditure tracking surveys for all the sectors; (iv) the Nepal Administrative Staff College has provided trainers training on management for development results (MfDR) to its four trainers, incorporated MfDR in its training curriculum, and has started conducting training; (v) MLD has been providing training to DDC staff on procurement and local body financial administration rules; (vi) MLD has finalized
computerization of all DDC accounts and established network between MLD and DDCs; (vii) a proposal for amendment to the Bank and Financial Institution Act has been forwarded for a Cabinet approval to issue regulatory norms for Infrastructure Development Bank; and (viii) Cabinet has already approved the Regulation of the Non-Nepali Resident Act. However, approval of the National Resettlement Policy by the Cabinet has not been completed. NPC submitted a draft Policy for a Cabinet approval in October 2008. The Cabinet returned the Policy to NPC for further review in consultation with concerned ministries, departments and stakeholders, and to improve quality of the text before resubmitting to the Cabinet. However, the process of improving the draft Policy progressed well with the help of four short-term consultants financed by ADB. NPC led and facilitated the process. The team has submitted the improved version to NPC on 28 February 2011.
MOF has fully utilized the $50 million under the Program by 15 July 2010 and has submitted to ADB a budget utilization report on 28 November 2011. Given the possibility of Cabinet approval of the National Resettlement Policy within next three
months and the budget has already been fully utilized, MOF will submit a draft Program Completion Report for ADB's review by 30 June 2011.
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
|Consulting Services||Five individual consultants will be recruited by Project Coordinating Unit (PCU) to advance project preparatory activities at the central and district levels including (i) 132 person months domestic consulting services in procurement, financial management, resettlement, and environmental management,; and (ii) 9 person-months in international consulting services on development of a joint donor coordination framework. The other consultants consisting of 54 person-months international and 626 person-months domestic consulting services will be recruited by PCU through quality and cost based selection process. The government will undertake advance action for recruiting consultants to facilitate the Project's start-up.|
|Procurement||Goods, related services, and civil works will be procured in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines. All small and widely dispersed civil works amounting to $30,000 will be undertaken by the community, following guidelines on community participationin procurement. In few cases involving more complex works such as bridge construction, high retaining walls, hard rock cutting, civil works contracts will be required, which will be procured by District Implementation Unit on the basis of national competitive bidding among contractors in accordance with Government's procurement procedures acceptable to ADB.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Gewali, Govinda P.|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Nepal Resident Mission|
Ministry of Finance
The Government of Nepal
|Concept Clearance||31 Oct 2006|
|Fact Finding||08 Jun 2007 to 22 Jun 2007|
|MRM||26 Sep 2007|
|Approval||12 Dec 2007|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||10 Mar 2011|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|12 Dec 2007||14 Jan 2008||01 Feb 2008||31 Dec 2011||-||26 Jan 2012|
|Financing Plan||Grant Utilization|
|Total (Amount in US$ million)||Date||ADB||Others||Net Percentage|
|Project Cost||50.00||Cumulative Contract Awards|
|ADB||50.00||12 Dec 2007||50.00||0.00||100%|
|Cofinancing||0.00||12 Dec 2007||50.00||0.00||100%|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Rural Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Sector Development Program||Project/Program Completion Reports||Aug 2014|
|Rural Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Sector Development Program||Project/Program Administration Manual||Jan 2008|
|Program Grant Agreement for Rural Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Sector Development Program between Nepal and Asian Development Bank dated 14 January 2008||Grant Agreement||Jan 2008|
|Proposed Asian Development Fund Grants: Rural Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Sector Development Program||Reports and Recommendations of the President||Nov 2007|
|Rural Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Sector Development Program||Design and Monitoring Frameworks||Sep 2007|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Nepal: Rural Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Sector Development Program||Validations of Project Completion Reports||Sep 2015|
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