The TA will build on the work of an ongoing TA project that is delivering leadership and management training for government officials, and on another TA project on strengthening public financial management. It will support local government finance reforms and the mainstreaming of regulatory impact analysis in policy making. The TA will pioneer innovative activities in local government finance, e-governance, social audit, civil service, and regulatory reform.
|Project Name||Strengthening Public Management|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Public sector management - Decentralization - Economic affairs management
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Some gender elements|
|Description||The TA will build on the work of an ongoing TA project that is delivering leadership and management training for government officials, and on another TA project on strengthening public financial management. It will support local government finance reforms and the mainstreaming of regulatory impact analysis in policy making. The TA will pioneer innovative activities in local government finance, e-governance, social audit, civil service, and regulatory reform.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
The technical assistance (TA) will respond to a request by the Government of Bhutan for support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to accelerate and consolidate key aspects of its governance and development agenda. The TA for Strengthening Public Management is included in the Bhutan country operations business plan (2011-2013). A consultation mission in September 2010 and a fact-finding mission in November 2010 formulated the goals and strategies of the TA and designed its corresponding activities. Extensive discussion with government officials has resulted in mutual agreement on the design and monitoring framework and outline terms of references for consultants.
The TA supports the government's priorities outlined in its Tenth Five-Year Plan (2008-2013), which identifies decentralized governance as a crosscutting development strategy. The TA also supports the implementation of Bhutan's recently drafted local government capacity development strategy and a newly proposed municipal finance policy.
The TA supports ADB's Bhutan country partnership strategy. By improving the regulatory regime to allow for local governments to become more self-financing, the TA will foster the strategy's first pillar of broad-based economic growth. By helping streamline public services and making them more accessible, the TA contributes to its second pillar, inclusive development. The TA's support for social audits and regulatory impact analysis strengthens public management and contributes to the strategy's third pillar of good governance.
|Impact||The impact of the TA will be more effective public sector management at the national and local levels in Bhutan to improve social welfare and the business environment.|
|Description of Outcome||Enhanced capacity of the national and local governments to deliver public services that are responsive to the needs and preferences of citizens and businesses.|
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|Description of Project Outputs||
Assessment of policy reform alternatives for local government finance
Conduct of land valuation of select municipalities using best practice methods
Review and monitoring of the installation and operations of the government-to- citizen (G2C) project
Tax administration management information system established and linked to G2C e-governance portal
Conduct of citizens feedback surveys of select districts and municipalities
Management development training for national and local officials
Secondment and exchange program between select central government agencies and local governments
Delivery of basic and advance level training on regulatory impact analysis
Special courses on regulatory impact analysis for senior government executives
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||All activities have been finalized. The consulting team is still providing inputs to the implementation of RAMIS, the revenue administration management information system|
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||tbd|
|During Project Implementation||tbd|
|Consulting Services||A consulting firm has been contracted to implement the TA.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Shah, Syed Ali-Mumtaz H.|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Public Management, Financial Sector and Trade Division, SARD|
Ministry of Finance
Royal Government of Bhutan
|Concept Clearance||19 Oct 2010|
|Fact Finding||04 Nov 2010 to 07 Nov 2010|
|Approval||15 Dec 2010|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||16 Mar 2015|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|15 Dec 2010||30 Mar 2011||30 Mar 2011||31 Dec 2013||31 Dec 2014||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|850,000.00||0.00||40,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||890,000.00||15 Dec 2010||837,285.23|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Strengthening Public Management: Technical Assistance Completion Report||TA Completion Reports||Apr 2016|
|Strengthening Public Management||Technical Assistance Reports||Dec 2010|
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