Knowledge creation and management are important to SARD operations in the region. In line with ADB's Strategy 2020, SARD will effectively generate/collate and then employ knowledge solutions to better address the development problems of its DMCs. The TA also relies on the Knowledge Management Results Framework that has been developed by ADB to guide its work in SARD DMCs. For regional cooperation and integration, knowledge sharing and capacity development have been endorsed by several ministerial conferences, and supported by many sector projects, as indicated in the forthcoming South Asia Regional Cooperation Strategy (RCS), 2011-2015.
|Project Name||Strengthening Knowledge-Driven Development in South Asia|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Agricultural policy, institutional and capacity development
Education / Education sector development
Energy / Energy sector development and institutional reform
Finance / Finance sector development
Public sector management / Economic affairs management
Transport / Transport policies and institutional development
Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Urban policy, institutional and capacity development
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Some gender elements|
|Description||Knowledge creation and management are important to SARD operations in the region. In line with ADB's Strategy 2020, SARD will effectively generate/collate and then employ knowledge solutions to better address the development problems of its DMCs. The TA also relies on the Knowledge Management Results Framework that has been developed by ADB to guide its work in SARD DMCs. For regional cooperation and integration, knowledge sharing and capacity development have been endorsed by several ministerial conferences, and supported by many sector projects, as indicated in the forthcoming South Asia Regional Cooperation Strategy (RCS), 2011-2015.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy|
|Impact||More relevant and sustainable development efforts in SARD DMCs|
|Description of Outcome||Better informed development policies and strategies in SARD programs and projects|
|Progress Toward Outcome||Progress on TA outcomes will be measured further along the implementation of the TA. While it is too early to measure progress on project outcome, work from this TA has contributed to program and project design within SARD.|
|Description of Project Outputs||
Knowledge products providing in-depth, relevant, and timely assessments, policy proposals, and recommendations
Knowledge events within SARD and in DMCs help with knowledge sharing and application
Active regional knowledge partnerships and networks generating and disseminating knowledge to DMCs
Project implementation on time and within budget
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
1. Work on this RETA centered on supporting knowledge events and knowledge products as well as funding of subprojects.
2. Subprojects approved by the Project Steering Committee and funded by the RETA:
NEW. Three new subproject have been approved in March and July 2017:
Digital Knowledge Product on National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) Good Practices
Development of Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Knowledge Products
Video on Grants 0305/0306 NEP: Strengthening Public Management Program
SAHS: Two reports: ICT for Development Forum 2013: Session on ICT for Education: Is ICT the Missing Link in Development Operations? and Challenges and Opportunities for Skills Development in Asia: Changing Supply, Demand and Mismatches, were published in 2015. The Sanitation in Rural Gujarat: Policy Lessons from Project Implementation report was replaced with Impact Evaluation for the Secondary Urban Primary Health Care Project, and will be published in the third quarter of 2017.
SAHS: The publication entitled, Human Capital Development in South Asia: Achievements, Prospects, and Policy Challenges is now in the editing stage. Other short reports on social development topics were also published under this subproject.
SARC: The first Film on Winds of Change was completed in early 2016. Two films on SASEC, and another one on Nepal Small Town Water Supply and Sanitation under the Winds of Change heading, have been completed and final review and acceptance of the videofilms are targeted to be completed by third fourth quarter of 2017.
SARC: Under the Knowledge Enhancement for Maldives Operations subproject, a consultant report on a National Development Strategy (NDS) was prepared; a knowledge publication on lessons from the work of the Maldives Inland Revenue Authority was completed and is now undergoing publishing procedures; and the Maldives Monetary Authority (MMA) report was proposed to be prepared in lieu of the planned workshop.
SARC: Through the Promotion of SASEC Program and Branding of SASEC 2025- the 10-year Vision, Strategy and Road Map for SASEC, an international Communications Specialist was engaged to create outreach products and provide input to the storyline for the video production. A film production crew, photographer, and international Writer-editor were recruited to produce a coffee-table book and videofilm (under the Winds of Change umbrella). The photobook preparation has been put onhold for the next SASEC anniversary. SAUW: Consultancy and publication of a study report on Inclusive Urban Development for South Asia is ongoing. The draft manuscript has undergone DER's publication review processes and clearance from the Government of India is being sought prior to printing.
NRM: The draft Research Paper on Impacts of Dams on Aquatic Resources has been reviewed and updated by NRM prior to DER review and editing. SDCC has also provided their comments and NRM staff is still incorporating corrections. Manuscript printing is targeted last quarter of 2017.
NRM: For the Nepal Learning Program For Midlevel Managers, international consultant who will coordinate the overall program have been recruited and is currently working on the training program
SLRM: The I-O Tables Launching and Workshop will be held in late 2017 and will be led by the Department of Census and Statistics in Sri Lanka.
SAHS: ICT in Education Report. Consultant is onboard and has started working on the report.
SARC: Preparatory Work for the Preparation of Conceptual Development Plan for Phase 3 of East Coast Corridor. Consultants are onboard and initiated work on the Plan.
FOR FINANCIAL CLOSURE:
SAHS: For the Human and Social Development Videos in Bangladesh, two videos entitled: Health Services for Bangladesh's Urban Poor and Professional Skills Training for Bangladesh' Youth, were completed. For financial closure.
SAPF - A study to establish a PCRGFI for India is now completed and financially closed. The PCRGFI-2, which is a second phase to update the work on PSCRGFI has been completed, and the final report was presented under a South Asia Seminar Series. For financial closure.
SARC: Under RCSC Knowledge Sharing on Performance Management System subproject, two trainings: Moderation Framework (April 2016), and Training for HR Professionals and Managers in the Civil Service (August 2016) were completed. For financial closure.
BRM. Four articles under BRM's Quarterly Economic Updates were completed in the last quarter of 2015. Four articles were prepared by eminent scholars, and subproject is now complete. For financial closure.
INRM: The reports on Impact of Trade and FDI Policies on Industrial Development in South Asia, and Food Security in South Asia: Developing Regional Supply Chains for the Food Processing Industry were published in December 2015. The FDI and Food reports are financially closed. The report on Developing Regional Supply Chains in the Leather Sector in South Asia has been printed. For financial closure.
SLRM: Under the Eminent Speaker Series at Academy of Financial Studies, six sessions were completed. For financial closure.
SLRM: The draft chapters of Good Practices in Involuntary Resettlement: Approaches and Experiences of the Southern Transport Development Project in Sri Lanka were completed, reviewed by internal and external peer reviewers. At the request of SDES, the name of the book was changed to: Challenges in Implementing Best Practices in Involuntary Resettlement- A Case Study in Sri Lanka. The book was completed and launched in December 2016. Additional copies will be printed. For financial closure.
BRM: For the Bangladesh Development Effectiveness Brief, The brief has been printed and uploaded in the ADB website. . For financial closure.
SAER: For the study on Agriculture Value Chains in Nepal-Some Key Insights, preparation of the study reports have been completed. For financial closure.
SAOD-PR: Under the PCR/TCR/DMF Training for South Asia Government subproject, two trainings were held in May and June 2017. For financial closure.
SAEN: A review chapter on Energy Pricing for Sustainable Development in Bangladesh was completed in September 2013. Subproject is financially closed.
SAOD-PR: Publication of Lose to Gain: Is Involuntary Resettlement a Development Opportunity? was completed and launched in April 2014. Subproject is financially closed.
SAPF: Research study on Developing an Econometric Model for the Indian Banking Sector was completed and the working paper was published in November 2014. Subproject is financially closed.
SARC: Participation of selected delegates to participate in NAPSIPAG conference was funded. Subproject is financially closed.
SARC: Publication of ADB-Bhutan Development Partnership was launched on 3 February 2014 by the Prime Minister of Bhutan and ADB President. Subproject is financially closed.
SARC: Publication on ADB-Maldives 35 Years of Partnership was launched on 15 October 2015 by the Finance Minister of Maldives. Subproject is financially closed.
SAUW: Publication of report entitled Gender and Urban Poverty in South Asia was completed in 2014. Subproject is financially closed.
SAUW: A publication on Financing Low Carbon Urban Development in South Asia: A Post 2012 Context (formerly Accessing Carbon Finance for Solid Waste Projects in Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal Post-2012: Lessons from Kyoto Protocol Projects in India and China) was completed in October 2013. Subproject is financially closed.
NRM: Study on Constraints to Agricultural Transformation in Nepal was completed in November 2013. Subproject is financially closed.
NRM: NTNC - International Conference on Invasive Alien Species Management was held on March 25 - 27, 2014 at the National Trust for Nature Conservation, Biodiversity Conservation Centre in Sauraha, Chitwan, Nepal. A webpage has been dedicated for the conference (http://www.ntnc.org.np/iciasm) where conference materials are available. The conference proceedings were published in June 2015. Subproject is financially closed.
NRM: The Nepal Country Environment Note was published in December 2014 and the electronic copy is available in the ADB website. Subproject is financially closed.
NRM: The National Strategic Framework for Nature Conservation underwent a series of consultation process and the final document was approved by the Nepal's National Planning Commission Board and printed in September 2015. Subproject is financially closed.
SLRM: Regional IFRS for SMEs Workshop has been completed. Subproject is financially closed.
NRM: Translation of the Nepal's Office of Audit General Audit report was completed in 2014. A second Audit Report was translated in June 2015 and disseminated in the last quarter of 2015. Subproject is financially closed.
NRM: A study on Impacts of social mobilization in local governance community development in Nepal was completed in early 2015. Subproject is financially closed.
3. Other KM Activities funded as identified in the RETA:
SAEN: Chapters of the original Flagship Book on Energy are being converted into working papers. Two working papers: Improving the Regulatory Environment for a Regional Power Market in South Asia (SAWP 045)_ and _Improving Energy Efficiency in South Asia (SAWP 047) have been completed, and two other working papers are under preparation.
SAPF. Knowledge work on developing financial sector in South Asia is being initiated.
SARC: The first South South Leaning Series - Developing South Asia: Lessons and Insights was published in 2013. A second South-south Learning publication was approved in June 2016 and will include another set of successful loan projects in South Asia. Book preparation has been moved to 2018.
SARC: The original book manuscript for BAN: Service Delivery and Governance Initiative will be reformatted and published as a working paper in late 2017.
SARC: For Project Communication activities blogs, videos, interviews, an international Communications Specialist consultant has been engaged and has prepared a workplan on outreach and communications including blogs, op-eds, and detailed treatment notes for selected videos.
SARC: Eminent Speaker Series. SARC facilitated the visit and presentations of
INRM: DEA of India and BHU: Visit of Prime Minister in 2014. The next visit of the Secretary, DEA was cancelled while the ESF for Infosys has been moved to early 2017.
SARC: Printing costs for various working papers in SARD are funded by the RETA.
SARC: RETA 7997 KPS Highlights from the RETA ($40,000). This event is targeted for third quarter of 2017.
SATC: KM Work on the Transport Sector in ongoing and an international Transport Economist is currently on the Madhya Pradesh District Roads II project, Nepal SASEC Roads Improvement project. Other projects for BAN and SRI will also be covered by the international consultant.
FOR FINANCIAL CLOSURE:
SAUW: A flagship book Gearing up for Competitiveness: The Role of Planning, Finance, and Governance in Small and Medium-Sized Towns in South Asia has been completed. For financial closure.
SARC: Under a ADBI-ADB Partnership, an ADBI-ADB Partnership event on Workshop on International Standards and Conventions Relating to Temporary Admission was held in Delhi, India on 22-23 September 2016, is underway. For financial closure.
NRM. Preliminary work and consultation on Nepal Think Tank was completed. For financial closure.
SARC: Under the Development Matters platform, the SASEC Vision subproject has been completed and the document has been iteratively reviewed in various meetings. A final SASEC Vision document SASEC: Powering Asia in the 21st Century - has been published. For financial closure.
SARC. A South Asia Economic Conference was funded in 2012. Subproject is financially closed.
SARC. The capacity building on Results Based Management and Project Management for BHU staff of Gross National Happiness Commission was funded in 2013 and held in Thailand. An in-country capacity building on Performance Management System for BHU staff of Royal Civil Service Commission was funded in 2015. Both subprojects are financially closed.
4. Another supplementary TA fund amounting to US$0.9 million (from TASF and RCIF) and extension of TA completion date to 31 December 2019 were approved. The total TA amount is currently $3.9 million. Out of the total TA amount of $3.9 million, $2.48 million in contracts has been committed as of August 2017.
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||Shared project design with selected groups of stakeholders outside government as well.|
|During Project Implementation||On an ongoing basis and as and when needed (such as with academic institutions and experts in the region in organizing the SARD Economists' Conference).|
|Consulting Services||Inputs to the project will consist of a total of 21 person-months of international, 92 person-months of national consulting services, and 36 person-months of regional institution(s). The consultants will be engaged by ADB in accordance with the Guidelines on the Use of Consultants by ADB and Its Borrowers (2010, as amended from time to time). Engagement of regional institution(s) will be through quality-and-cost-based selection (using 80:20 weighting for quality-cost ratio). All payments will be made in accordance with the Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (May 2010, as amended from time to time).|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Hong, Soon Chan|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Div, SARD|
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
|Concept Clearance||18 Nov 2011|
|Approval||14 Dec 2011|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||07 Sep 2017|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|14 Dec 2011||-||14 Dec 2011||31 Dec 2014||31 Dec 2019||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|3,900,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||3,900,000.00||14 Dec 2011||1,945,289.26|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Strengthening Knowledge-Driven Development in South Asia||Technical Assistance Reports||Dec 2011|
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|Tender Title||Type||Status||Posting Date||Deadline|
|Strengthening Knowledge-Driven Development in South Asia - Teacher Development Expert through ICT (Resource Person)||Individual - Consulting||Active||18 Oct 2017||24 Oct 2017|
|Dissemination of Gender Equality Diagnostic of Selected Sectors and Documentation of Impact Stories||Firm - Consulting||Active||17 Oct 2017||23 Oct 2017|
|Knowledge Sharing on Addressing South Asia Regional Challenges on Improving Education Quality||Individual - Consulting||Active||04 Oct 2017||10 Oct 2017|
|Urban Transport Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Active||13 Sep 2017||19 Sep 2017|
|Sector Specialist- Industry and Industrial Infrastructure||Individual - Consulting||Closed||26 Jul 2017||01 Aug 2017|
|Videographer and Video Editor/Post-Production||Individual - Consulting||Closed||15 Jul 2017||21 Jul 2017|
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