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:
SAER: For the study on Agriculture Value Chains in Nepal-Some Key Insights, a consultant is under selection.
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 second half of 2016.
SAHS: The publication entitled, Human Capital Development in South Asia: Achievements, Prospects, and Policy Challenges is now in the editing stage.
SAHS: For the Human and Social Development Videos in Bangladesh, work orders for both video director and scriptwriter have been issued. The video will be completed by September 2016.
SAOD: Publication of Lose to Gain: Is Involuntary Resettlement a Development Opportunity? was completed and launched in April 2014. Subproject is financially closed.
SAOD-PR: Under the PCR/TCR/DMF Training for South Asia Government subproject, a PCR/TCR training is being planned to be held on 6-9 December 2016 in Delhi, India.
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.
SAPF - A study to establish a PCRGFI for India is now completed and financially closed. A second phase to update the work on PSCRGFI has been completed and the final report is being processed for publication.
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.
SARC: The first Film on Winds of Change was completed in early 2016. Planning for two films on SASEC, and on Nepal Small Town Water Supply and Sanitation under the Winds of Change heading, are underway and targeted to be completed by end of 2016.
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 undertaken.
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 ready for publication, and a one day workshop is being scheduled by the Maldives Monetary Authority (MMA) for 27 October 2016.
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 and international Writer-editor will also be recruited to produce a videofilm and a coffee-table book.
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.
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.
BRM. Four articles under BRM's Quarterly Economic Updates were completed in the last quarter of 2015. A second set of articles is being reviewed for final clearance by the Country Director.
BRM: For the Bangladesh Development Effectiveness Brief (Approved: $40,000), a writer-consultant is under recruitment.
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 is undergoing final editing and targeted for printing by third quarter of 2016.
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 was published in June 2015. 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 for financial closure.
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: A study on Impacts of social mobilization in local governance community development in Nepal was completed in early 2015. Subproject is for financial closure.
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.
NRM: The draft Research Paper on Impacts of Dams on Aquatic Resources will be reviewed and updated by NRM prior to DER review and editing. Report will be sent to SDCC for further review by August 2016 and then sent back to DER for final editing and printing.
NRM: For the Nepal Learning Program For Midlevel Managers, an international consultant who will coordinate the overall program is under recruitment. The Ministry of Finance has been informed of the approved program and funding. NRM staff will meet with the Nepal Administrative Staff college and the Ministry of General Administration to discuss the program.
SLRM: Under the Eminent Speaker Series at Academy of Financial Studies, Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, former Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission of India delivered a presentation on Policy Reforms Towards Strengthening South Asia's Role in the Changing Global Economic Landscape on 10 December 2015. Subproject is for financial closure.
SLRM: Regional IFRS for SMEs Workshop has been completed. Subproject is financially closed.
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. SLRM has submitted the final manuscript to DER for printing by September 2016.
SLRM: The I-OTables Launching and Workshop will be held by third week of August 2016 and will be led by the Department of Census and Statistics in Sri Lanka.
3. Other KM Activities funded:
SAEN: Chapters of the original Flagship Book on Energy are being converted into working papers. The first working paper on Towards a Regional Power Market in South Asia: Improving Regulatory Environment has been completed, and a second working paper has been reviewed and edited.
SAUW: A Flagship Book has been re-titled to Gearing up for Competitiveness: The Role of Planning, Finance, and Governance in Small and Medium-Sized Towns in South Asia. The manuscript has undergone the usual publishing procedures, and printed copy is expected by August 2016.
SARC: A second South-south Learning publication was approved in June 2016 and will include successful loan projects in South Asia.
SARC: The original book manuscript for BAN: Service Delivery and Governance Initiative will be reformatted and published as a working paper in late 2016.
SARC: Under the Development Matters platform, the concept and implementation plans for the event on Economic Corridor Development-Special Tourism Zones has been discussed.
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.
SARC: For Project Communication activities blogs, videos, interviews, an international Communications Specialist consultant has been engaged and will prepare a workplan on outreach and communications including blogs, op-eds, podcasts, and detailed treatment notes for selected videos.
SARC: Under a ADBI-ADB Partnership, preparatory work, for an ADBI-ADB Partnership event on Workshop on International Standards and Conventions Relating to Temporary Admission to be held in Delhi, India on 22-23 September 2016, is underway.
SARC: Eminent Speaker Series/Forum Secretary, DEA. The ESF is scheduled in November 2016.
SARC: Eminent Speaker Series/Forum Murthy, Infosys. The ESF has been moved to early 2017.
SARC: RETA 7997 KPS Highlights from the RETA ($40,000). This event is targeted for third quarter of 2017.
4. Supplementary TA fund amounting to US$1.4 million and extension of TA completion date to 31 December 2017 were approved. The total TA amount is currently $3.0 million. Out of the total TA amount of $3.0 million, $1.548 million in contracts has been committed as of August 2015.