Regional: Improving Public Management to Achieve Better Development Results in Central and West Asia

Sovereign Project | 43125-012 Status: Closed

Summary

The technical assistance (TA) aims to help the institutions in Central and West Asia manage (i.e., plan, allocate, monitor, and account for) public resources in an optimal manner to achieve more targeted and effective results in education and water supply and sanitation sectors. It will also amplify the impact and outcome of ADB's public management operations in Central and West Asia. Rapid gap assessments in core sectors will first identify public management interventions that can improve the results of investment projects. Results management and governance tool kits customized to suit each country's needs will be developed for each sector. Pilots will then be designed for programmatic lending to help participating countries achieve more targeted policy reform as well as effective and tangible results in core sectors in line with ADB's results framework. It will likewise benefit ADB's engagement with participating countries.

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Project Name Improving Public Management to Achieve Better Development Results in Central and West Asia
Project Number 43125-012
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7710-REG: Improving Public Management to Achieve Better Development Results in Central and West Asia
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.50 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management - Public expenditure and fiscal management

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The technical assistance (TA) aims to help the institutions in Central and West Asia manage (i.e., plan, allocate, monitor, and account for) public resources in an optimal manner to achieve more targeted and effective results in education and water supply and sanitation sectors. It will also amplify the impact and outcome of ADB's public management operations in Central and West Asia. Rapid gap assessments in core sectors will first identify public management interventions that can improve the results of investment projects. Results management and governance tool kits customized to suit each country's needs will be developed for each sector. Pilots will then be designed for programmatic lending to help participating countries achieve more targeted policy reform as well as effective and tangible results in core sectors in line with ADB's results framework. It will likewise benefit ADB's engagement with participating countries. The TA will also provide advisory support and training, at the sector level, in budget planning and execution, procurement, fiduciary control, and financing options. The Central and West Asian countries have been made aware by the global financial crisis of the risks of inertia in critical governance and public management reforms, and should mostly own and support the reforms under the TA.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The TA is consistent with the cross-cutting theme of good governance in Strategy 2020. particularly in improving accountability and tranparency. The TA will also help deliver public gods moe cost-effectively. The TA will be consistent with the country partnership strategies and country operations business plans in most CWRD countries, which have either improved governance as theme or public sector (resource) management as a sector. The TA will draw on and include results from other TA and loans to CWRD countries. It will supplement ADB's ongoing and planned projects on public resource management and private sector development. By spporting improvement in results orientation in public management operations in core sectors, the TA is consistent with Strategy 2020.
Impact More efficient and effective provision of public services and infrastructure in education and water supply and sanitation (WSS) sectors in participating Central and West Asian countries

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome Improved results orientation in participating Central and West Asian countries in core sectors under Strategy 2020,a particularly in education and WSS
Progress Toward Outcome Consultants were engaged in 2013 and 2014 to help the Planning Commission of Pakistan determine its development agenda. The TA supported the development of results-based governance in the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector in Tajikistan. Short term support was provided to Armenia to develop a results-based framework to restructure their export promotion institutions.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Rapid assessment of country sectoral governance and PFM needs and related capacity building

Sector results management and governance tool kits

Proposals to pilot results- and risk based programmatic lending

Training, workshops, and conference

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) The TA shall be financially closed on or before 31 March 2016.
Geographical Location

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The TA was designed after consultations with divison and RM staff. The regional coutries were also consulted and all supported the TA and its four components.
During Project Implementation Specific interventions were developed in consultation with the line ministries in the respective countries.

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Consulting Services

The TA will include 29 person-months of international and 18 person-months of national consulting services. A firm will be engaged to help implement outputs 1 to 3 of the the TA, which will require 25 person-months of international and 14 person-months of national consulting services, and will be selected through Quality and Cost Based Selection (QCBS) method using a simplified technical proposal with an 80/20 weighting. Cosnultants will (i) undetake the rapid gap assessments on governance and PFM, (ii) prepare the results management and governance tool-based, and (iii) provide advisory in the design of the results and riskbased programmatic lending modality. Consultants engaged for Outputs 1-3 will also provide inputs as experts for the training program and workshops.

Individual consultants will be engaged for output 4 to (i) prepare training, workshop and regional conference materials, and (ii) organize, coordiante, and conduct the training program, workshops and conference. At most 4 experts will be hired to provide inputs of 4 person-months of international and 4 person-months of national consulting services. National consultancy services will include administrative support for the training program, workshops and conference. Resource persons for the regional conference will also be engaged under output 4.

Consultants will be engaged by ADB in accordance with the Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (April 2010, as amended from time to time). The TA will be disbursed in accordance with ADB's Technical Assistance Disbusement Handbook (May 2010, as amended from time to time). To engage consultants without delay, advance contracting procedures will be used, in consultantion with ADB's Central Operations Services Office.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Alexander Joseph Julian
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Public Management, Financial Sector and Trade Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines

Timetable

Concept Clearance 18 Nov 2010
Fact Finding 28 Feb 2009 to 13 Mar 2009
MRM -
Approval 13 Dec 2010
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 19 Nov 2010
Last PDS Update 30 Mar 2016

TA 7710-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
13 Dec 2010 - 13 Dec 2010 30 Jun 2013 31 Dec 2015 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,500,000.00 13 Dec 2010 772,254.44

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