Regional: Country Diagnostic Studies in Selected Developing Member Countries (Subproject 2)

Sovereign Project | 46186-003

The impact of each of the 4 subprojects will be the mainstreaming of diagnostic approaches in the development planning processes of DMCs. The outcome will be DMCs' medium-term development plans, poverty reduction strategies, and partnership strategies with development partners addressing critical constraints on inclusive economic growth. Subproject 2 will cover three DMCs- Bangladesh, Myanmar and Viet Nam- and has two main components: (i) conduct of country diagnostic studies and (ii) capacity building and dissemination. Key outputs of subproject 2 will include (i) country diagnostic studies and their published study reports; (ii) training workshops in diagnostic approaches to development planning; and (iii) consultation workshops and dissemination events.

a. Conduct of Country Diagnostic Studies (Component 1)

Project Name Country Diagnostic Studies in Selected Developing Member Countries (Subproject 2)
Project Number 46186-003
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8343-REG: Country Diagnostic Studies in Selected Developing Member Countries (Subproject 2)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.55 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management / Economic affairs management

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description

The impact of each of the 4 subprojects will be the mainstreaming of diagnostic approaches in the development planning processes of DMCs. The outcome will be DMCs' medium-term development plans, poverty reduction strategies, and partnership strategies with development partners addressing critical constraints on inclusive economic growth. Subproject 2 will cover three DMCs- Bangladesh, Myanmar and Viet Nam- and has two main components: (i) conduct of country diagnostic studies and (ii) capacity building and dissemination. Key outputs of subproject 2 will include (i) country diagnostic studies and their published study reports; (ii) training workshops in diagnostic approaches to development planning; and (iii) consultation workshops and dissemination events.

a. Conduct of Country Diagnostic Studies (Component 1)

Three country studies will be undertaken to diagnose critical constraints on rapid and inclusive economic growth with special consideration for green and knowledge-led growth in the selected DMCs using (i) growth diagnostic frameworks; (ii) diagnostic frameworks for constraints on reducing poverty and inequality; (iii) diagnostic frameworks for employment and labor markets; (iv) product space analysis; and (v) diagnostic frameworks for the governance, institutional, and political economy dimensions of development constraints.

b. Capacity Building and Dissemination (Component 2)

The component will create awareness of and capacity in diagnostic approaches in DMCs - governmental planning agencies, ministries, and departments, as well as in research institutions and nongovernment organizations. It will include training workshops, and in-country dissemination workshops.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Country diagnostic studies have the potential of enhancing national development plans and strategies by focusing development efforts on the most critical constraints, and the need for thorough diagnostics has also been emphasized in the Asian Development Fund (ADF) XI discussions as the means for improving quality at entry of ADB operations in the DMCs. However, the DMCs typically lack awareness and/or capacities to undertake diagnostics on their own. In particular, capacity for the planning and analytical capacity is weak in the low income DMCs, which arguably need diagnostics the most so as to help allocate their limited resources in addressing the most critical constraints faced by their economies. In light of this, there is a clear need to assist the DMCs in building their capacities and in undertaking country diagnostic studies. Looking ahead, there is a need for up-scaling the country diagnostic studies so as to be able to assist a larger number of DMCs.
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

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 Regional Departments were consulted.
During Project Implementation Relevant Stakeholders will be consulted through consultation meetings and workshops.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

The TA will require the services of a number of international and national experts, including development economists, sector specialists, editors, and research assistants. Requirements for subproject 2 are estimated at about 54 person-months of international and 24 person-months of national consulting services. In addition, each country diagnostic study in the subproject will require the services of research analyst/assistant as needed.

International Consulting Services

Senior development economists (9 person-months)

Development economists (21 person-months)

Sector specialists (18 person-months)

Editor (6 person-months)

National Consulting Services

Country economists (12 person-months)

Country sector specialists (12 person-months)

Research assistants (as needed)

Typesetter/layout specialist/graphic designer (6 person months)

Given the limitations outlined above, intermittent nature of assignments, and anticipated variety of expertise required, the subproject will primarily recruit experts individually. All consultants will be recruited by ADB in accordance with ADB Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time).

Procurement ADB will procure computers and software in accordance with its Procurement Guidelines (2010, as amended from time to time). Procurement will be coordinated with ADB's Office of Information Systems and Technology and its Office of Administrative Services. Upon TA completion, procured equipment will be disposed of in accordance with the project administration instruction on administering grant-financed TA projects. Disbursements under the TA will accord with ADB's Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (2010, as amended from time to time).
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
Kee-Yung Nam, Senior Economist
[email protected]
6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding 07 Mar 2013 to 20 Mar 2013
MRM -
Approval 26 Mar 2013
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 27 Mar 2013

TA 8343-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
26 Mar 2013 - 26 Mar 2013 30 Jun 2015 31 Mar 2019 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,550,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,550,000.00 29 Sep 2021 1,417,047.63

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Social Sector Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 07 Nov 2018 09 Nov 2018
Research Associate Individual - Consulting Closed 29 Dec 2017 04 Jan 2018
Manuscript Editor Individual - Consulting Closed 02 Sep 2017 08 Sep 2017

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