Solomon Islands: Emergency Assistance Project

Sovereign Project | 41105-012 Status: Closed


ADB is helping Solomon Islands rehabilitate infrastructure in Choiseul and Western provinces, which were damaged by the 2 April 2007 earthquake and tsunami. The project will rehabilitate an estimated 35 kilometers of rural and town roads, along with bridges and culverts; wharves and jetty; and the Gizo town water supply and sanitation system.

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    kilometers of roads built or upgraded



    average daily vehicle-kilometers using roads built or upgraded in the first full year of operation

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Project Name Emergency Assistance Project
Project Number 41105-012
Country Solomon Islands
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0078-SOL: Emergency Assistance Project
Concessional ordinary capital resources / Asian Development Fund US$ 4.95 million
European Commission US$ 4.00 million
Grant 0078-SOL: Emergency Assistance Project (European Commission)
European Commission US$ 4.04 million
TA 4944-SOL: Emergency Assistance Project
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 800,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Rural water supply services

Transport - Water transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description The Project will rehabilitate essential infrastructure that was damaged by the earthquake and tsunami in Choiseul and Western provinces, including (i) approximately 35 km of rural and town roads, along with about 19 bridges and 35 culverts, (ii) about 4 wharves and 1 jetty, and (iii) the Gizo town water supply and sanitation system. These estimates are subject to detailed damage assessments and cost estimates.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy ADB's country strategy and program update identifies the development of transportation infrastructure and services as one of the 2 main areas for ADB assistance. Through other projects and TA, ADB is also addressing cross-sectoral infrastructure issues and technical capacity building. Existing and proposed projects will be prioritized and sequenced as appropriate to respond to emergency, complement activities, and maximize benefits.
Impact Normal economic and social activities and accessibility resumed in affected areas

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome

Access to markets for agricultural and fisheries products, social services, and tourism areas via land transport restored

Access to markets for agricultural and fisheries products, social services, and tourism areas via sea

transport restored

Risks to public health caused by unreliable and unsafe town water system reduced

Effective disaster recovery coordination Reduced vulnerability of infrastructure to hazards

Progress Toward Outcome The Project is complete and assessed as successful. The Project Completion Report is under preparation and will be circulated by 2011.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Provincial and secondary roads rehabilitated to restore full accessibility

Water landings rehabilitated to restore access to interisland shipping

Gizo town water system restored to normal functionality

Maintenance on rehabilitated infrastructure conducted through community participation and labor based methods

Disaster recovery processes prepared

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

Under evaluation.

20 replacement bridges and 2 existing bridges rehabilitated.

46 new watercrossings.

4 new wharves, 2 foot bridges and 1 jetty have been reconstructed.

Under evaluation.

7 community contracts underway.

Under evaluation.

Geographical Location Western and Choiseul Provinces

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 International and domestic consulting services will be required for (i) engineering design and preparation of bidding documents; (ii) construction supervision; (iii) project management; (iv) socioeconomic monitoring and evaluation; and (v) financial management. The Project will fund 8 person-months of international consulting services and 48 person-months of national consulting services. Consulting services will be engaged in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants.
Procurement Procurement under the Project, including for ADB and Government-financed packages, will follow ADB's Procurement Guidelines, with the flexible interpretation permitted for emergency assistance provided in accordance with ADB Disaster and Emergency Assistance Policy (2004) to ensure maximum expediency in implementing the recovery program. Major civil works will be procured using international and national competitive bidding procedures. Minor civil works will be procured using national competitive bidding, shopping, and community procurement procedures.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Ling, David Tai-Wen
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office in Sydney, Australia
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Infrastructure Development
Mr. John Taaru
[email protected]
Ministry of Infrastructure Development


Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 21 May 2007
Last PDS Update 05 Sep 2011

Grant 0078-SOL

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
27 Jun 2007 11 Sep 2007 01 Oct 2007 31 Dec 2009 30 Jun 2011 06 Aug 2013
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 13.79 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 8.99 27 Jun 2007 NaN 7.78 97%
Counterpart 0.80 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 4.00 27 Jun 2007 NaN 7.78 97%

TA 4944-SOL

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
27 Jun 2007 18 Jul 2007 18 Jul 2007 31 Dec 2009 30 May 2010 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
800,000.00 0.00 150,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 950,000.00 27 Jun 2007 743,018.18

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.

Title Document Type Document Date
Emergency Assistance Project: Resettlement Framework (Draft) Resettlement Planning Documents Jun 2007

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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