Lao People's Democratic Republic: Supporting Decentralized Rural Infrastructure Development

Sovereign Project | 45275-001 Status: Closed

Summary

The TA will build capacity to optimize cost effectiveness of investments in productive rural infrastructure (PRI), and sustain the improved and rehabilitated assets, with particular emphasis on the Sustainable Natural Resources Management and Productivity Enhancement Project (SNRMPEP) and the Greater Mekong Subregion East-West Economic Corridor Agriculture Infrastructure Sector Project (EWEC). The TA scope includes: (i) basic training in the principles and practice of designing PRI and associated O&M; (ii) higher-level training in geographic information system (GIS) for planning and monitoring PRI investments; (iii) support to train, register, and certify water user associations and farmer groups in the target districts for participatory irrigation management under the irrigation management transfer process; and (iv) training on procurement and financial management associated with PRI planning and investments.

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Project Name Supporting Decentralized Rural Infrastructure Development
Project Number 45275-001
Country Lao People's Democratic Republic
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8086-LAO: Supporting Decentralized Rural Infrastructure Dev
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 1.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Agricultural policy, institutional and capacity development - Irrigation

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Description The TA will build capacity to optimize cost effectiveness of investments in productive rural infrastructure (PRI), and sustain the improved and rehabilitated assets, with particular emphasis on the Sustainable Natural Resources Management and Productivity Enhancement Project (SNRMPEP) and the Greater Mekong Subregion East-West Economic Corridor Agriculture Infrastructure Sector Project (EWEC). The TA scope includes: (i) basic training in the principles and practice of designing PRI and associated O&M; (ii) higher-level training in geographic information system (GIS) for planning and monitoring PRI investments; (iii) support to train, register, and certify water user associations and farmer groups in the target districts for participatory irrigation management under the irrigation management transfer process; and (iv) training on procurement and financial management associated with PRI planning and investments.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The country partnership strategy for the Lao PDR emphasizes that ADB's assistance will focus on improving policies and institutional capacity to support broad-based, private sector-led growth through boosting productivity, diversifying production, and stimulating off-farm enterprise. ADB's assessment, strategy, and road map for the sector outlines support for commercialization and value chain development through improved rural access, transport and mobility including irrigation development and/or rehabilitation, and rural roads improvement. Through improved institutional and human resources capacity for PRI development, the TA will support this government priority.
Impact Improved quality of productive rural infrastructure (PRI) assets in target provinces.

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome Strengthened local government capacity for planning, implementing and monitoring of PRI in the target provinces
Progress Toward Outcome

The TA identified capacity building needs and provided technical support/training to staff of provincial/district agriculture forestry offices, producer groups, farmers and the private sector. Assessments made on the participants who received training in O&M and

revolving fund management in a follow up exercise, strongly indicate sustainable knowledge and skills retention among the beneficiaries.

Total provincial/district staff trained in O&M of PRI is 27 and 81 production group leaders. Beneficiaries were also trained in animal health, agronomy & farmer technical training in value chains, PPCP and marketing, revolving fund management, environment, and resettlement.

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Enhanced planning and design methods and maintenance regimes introduced for selected PRI schemes

2. Improved project implementation practices

3. Institutionalized supporting mechanisms for participatory O&M

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

Individual consultants (national environment and international livestock development) have completed their assignments by assisting in addressing environment and livestock development implementation of the SNRMPEP subprojects.

A consulting firm has completed its contract and assisted in the enhancement of impacts and improvement of sustainability of SNRMPEP. It also provided technical support and capacity building for the national and local government staff.

Additional individual consultants (for resettlement, environment, irrigation) have been engaged and continue to support the EWEC and other projects.

Geographical Location

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design During a consultation mission in August 2011, the Government of Lao PDR requested the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to provide complementary capacity development technical assistance (TA) for supporting decentralized rural infrastructure development to link up with the Sustainable Natural Resources Management and Productivity Enhancement Project (SNRMPEP) financed by ADB and the International Fund for Agricultural Development. The ADB TA consultation mission visited Lao PDR from 19 -20 August 2011, and discussed the proposed TA for Supporting Decentralized Rural Infrastructure Development. Subsequently, the Government of the Lao PDR concurred with the overall design, scope, implementation, and financial arrangements outlined in the TA proposal.
During Project Implementation Close consultations continue to be held with the government during implementation, including identification and adjustment of consultancy inputs as required.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services The Project will require expertise in rural development planning, agricultural engineering, operation and maintenance (O&M), geographic information systems (GIS) environmental and social safeguards, gender and ethnic groups, and financial management and procurement. ADB engaged a consulting firm using quality and cost-based selection (80:20) and simplified technical proposals. Some individual consultants have been engaged for preparatory and supplemental assignments. All engagement of consultants will follow ADB''s Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (April 2010, as amended from time to time).

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Salter, Charles David
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
Department of Livestock and Fisheries
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry

Timetable

Concept Clearance 02 Sep 2011
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 29 May 2012
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 30 Sep 2016

TA 8086-LAO

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
29 May 2012 23 Jul 2012 23 Jul 2012 30 Jun 2015 04 Nov 2016 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 29 May 2012 836,686.18
Title Document Type Document Date
Supporting Decentralized Rural Infrastructure Development Technical Assistance Reports May 2012

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