Regional: Country Diagnostic Studies in Selected Developing Member Countries - Subproject 1

Sovereign Project | 46186-002

Project Name Country Diagnostic Studies in Selected Developing Member Countries - Subproject 1
Project Number 46186-002
Country / Economy Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8266-REG: Country Diagnostic Studies for Selected Developing Member Countries - Subproject 1
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.45 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management / Economic affairs management

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact Mainstreaming of diagnostic approaches in development planning processes of the DMCs
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome DMCs' own medium-term development plans and poverty reduction strategies, and partnership strategies with development partners, addressing critical constraints on inclusive economic growth
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Diagnostic studies (country and sector)

2. Training on diagnostic approaches and techniques

3. Dissemination of study findings

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Regional
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

International Consulting Services

1. Senior development economists (4 person-months). The economists will advise Asian Development Bank (ADB) staff and other experts on improving and broadening diagnostic frameworks. The economists will:

(i) guide the technical assistance (TA) team in improving and broadening diagnostic frameworks to cover regional and sector diagnosis of constraints,

(ii) review study reports and suggest improvements to them, and

(iii) present experiences of diagnostic approaches in the regional workshop.

2. Development economists (20 person-months). The economists will typically play lead roles in individual diagnostic studies, tasked with an overarching diagnosis of the country, region, or sector that will set the stage for the in-depth studies. The economists will:

(i) facilitate the conduct of a study inception workshop to inform and get feedback from key stakeholders, including governments, the private sector, civil society, and development partners;

(ii) facilitate the formation and functioning of peer groups, drawing membership from national planning agencies, academic and research institutions, other development partners, and interested civil society organizations;

(iii) review the pattern of growth exhibited and compare it with experiences in similar economies within and beyond the region;

(iv) dissect economic growth, taking into account production, demand, and supply, and compare it with experiences in similar economies within and beyond the region;

(v) undertake an overarching diagnostic analysis of constraints to broad-based economic growth, which will identify the topics for in-depth studies;

(vi) consolidate the findings of constraint-specific studies, identifying binding constraints and the policy options to address them in a draft country diagnostic report;

(vii) facilitate the conduct of the country workshop and prepare a presentation summarizing the findings of the country diagnostic report; and

(viii) finalize the country diagnostic report by incorporating comments and feedback received at the country workshop.

3. Sector specialists (18 person-months). The specialists will undertake in-depth studies of one or two key constraints, which may include poverty and inequality; unbalanced and narrow growth; underdevelopment regarding infrastructure, human capital and education, or the finance sector; governance; macroeconomic management; structural transformation and industrial policies; health; and the political economy. The specialists will:

(i) review trends and benchmark them against other countries, regions, and times;

(ii) propose a diagnostic framework and finalize it in consultation with stakeholders and the study team;

(iii) undertake a diagnostic analysis following a systematic framework to identify the underlying constraints;

(iv) identify the policy options to address the constraints, while keeping in view the country context as well as international best practices in these areas;

(v) summarize the findings of the studies on the constraint and the policy options to address them in a report that will become a section of the larger study report;

(vi) coordinate regularly with other colleagues on the evolving findings and provide feedback to ensure consistency and complementarity in the final output; and

(vii) present the findings of the report in the country workshop.

4. Editor (6 person-months). The editor will oversee the publication of study reports, coordinating with the development economists and sector specialists to review and finalize drafts of overarching and in-depth studies. Under the supervision of ADB staff, the editor will

(i) review and edit the draft reports, ensuring that they adhere to ADB style and usage, conform to high publication standards, and are properly and promptly delivered;

(ii) oversee the laying out of the report;

(iii) oversee the publication of the report; and

(iv) assist in managing the country diagnostics website.

Responsible ADB Officer Cham, Maria Rowena M.
Responsible ADB Department Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
Responsible ADB Division Economic Analysis and Operations Support Division
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding 05 Feb 2013 to 22 Feb 2013
Approval 07 Dec 2012
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 13 Dec 2012

TA 8266-REG

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
07 Dec 2012 - 07 Dec 2012 31 Jul 2014 31 Dec 2017 31 Mar 2018
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,450,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,450,000.00 17 Jun 2022 1,227,844.86

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