China, People's Republic of: Strengthening the Antipoverty Effects of Social Assistance

Sovereign (Public) Project | 43037-012 Status: Closed

Project Details

Project Officer
Walker, Wendy M. East Asia Department Request for information
  • China, People's Republic of
  • Public sector management
Project Name Strengthening the Antipoverty Effects of Social Assistance
Project Number 43037-012
Country China, People's Republic of
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7438-PRC: Strengthening the Antipoverty Effects of Social Assistance
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 350,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management - Social protection initiatives

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description To be determined.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The technical assistance (TA) is directly linked to the Country Partnership Strategy 2008-2010 of the People's Republic of China (PRC) which places emphasis on inclusive growth and balanced development. It responds to goals set for the 12th Year Plan on supporting the rebalancing of growth strategy and mitigating the adverse impacts of the economic slowdown. The TA builds on findings and partnerships established during the TA 4933 subproject 1.4, which focused on operational mechanisms for rural dibao and medical financial assistance, and will be conducted in collaboration with the subproject on Application of International Best Practices of Social Welfare Reforms to Social Assistance policy in the PRC which is being funded under TA 7313-PRC: Facility for Policy Reform and Capacity Building III. It will also seek to share findings and issues with TA 7317 on Rural Pension Reform and Development. The TA will expand on these previous and current research efforts and provide policy recommendations to strengthen the antipoverty functions of social assistance programs in the PRC.
Impact Strengthened antipoverty functions of social assistance programs in the People's Republic of China.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome State Council adopted the policy recommendations proposed by MOCA;
Progress Toward Outcome Implementation is ongoing. The TA closing date was extended to February 2012 to ensure finalization of the report with recommendations from the workshop scheduled in January 2012 and preparation of the policy notes.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Policy and implementation recommendations for improving: (i) sustainable financing and institutional arrangements, (ii) identification and targeting of the poor, and (iii) social inclusion.

2. Policy note on key TA recommendations developed and widely disseminated.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) The TA is to be implemented over an 18-month period. An inception report was submitted and inception workshop held on May 21, 2010. Detailed discussions of the research questions, methodologies and time frames were held. Background research was completed on current policies and strategies for each fo the key issues: benefit rates and adjustment methods; targeting methods; marginal poor; child poverty; policy linkage between dibao and other programs; monitoring and evaluation system. Household surveys have been completed in 5 provinces. The data has been cleaned and weighted and the consultants are preparing the survey report on child poverty which will be submitted by the end of November. One case study has been conducted in Henan province. Mid-term report and refined schedule of output was submitted. Draft Final Report has been prepared and analysis is ongoing The final workshop is planned for January 2012. A pre-review workshop of stakeholders from government agencies and research institutions was held in September 2011.
Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation The TA is being implemented in 3 phases: Phase 1 (3 months) comprising background research to (i) review current policies and strategies of implementation for each of the key issues, (ii) identify international best practice options, (iii) outline the methodologies to be used, and (iv) select the counties and cities for conducting the case studies and survey. Phase 2 will last for 12 months and will (i) undertake case studies in selected countries and cities and (ii) conduct the survey on child poverty. Technical working groups representing a range of stakeholders will be organized for each of the key topics. Phase 2 will also include a series of workshops on each topic to present findings and receive feedback, guidance, and agreement on the policy and implementation recommendations. Phase 3 (3 months) will finalize all reports and policy and implementation recommendations, (ii) hold a final conference on findings and recommendations, (iii) prepare the policy note for decision makers and (iv) disseminate the final reports. The TA was extended for 8 months (from original completion date of June 2011 to February 2012)
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Consulting services consisting of two international for 3 person-months and three national consultants for 25 person-months for a total of 28 person-months will be required. Consultants will have expertise in (i) design of social assistance programs and policies including benefit rates, targeting, and monitoring and evaluation; (ii) in-depth knowledge of existing social assistance programs, instiutional frameworks, and monitoring and evaluation systems; and (iii) poverty in the PRC including issues pertaining to marginal poor and child poverty. The consultants will be responsible for producing the TA's outputs and deliverables effectively and on time and for organizing and carrying out all TA activities including the survey and policy note.
Responsible ADB Officer Walker, Wendy M.
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban and Social Sectors Division, EARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Civil Affairs
Mr. Mi Yongsheng
147 Beiheyan Dajie
Dongcheng District,
Beijing 100721
Concept Clearance 26 Nov 2009
Fact Finding 11 Mar 2009 to 25 Mar 2009
Approval 14 Dec 2009
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 26 Nov 2009
Last PDS Update 21 Dec 2011

TA 7438-PRC

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
14 Dec 2009 08 Jan 2010 08 Jan 2010 30 Jun 2011 30 Jun 2012 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
350,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 400,000.00 14 Dec 2009 312,100.33

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