46194-001: Statistical Capacity Development for Inclusive Growth through Regional Cooperation (revised title: Statistical Capacity Development for Social Inclusion and Gender Equality) | Asian Development Bank

Regional: Statistical Capacity Development for Inclusive Growth through Regional Cooperation (revised title: Statistical Capacity Development for Social Inclusion and Gender Equality)

Sovereign (Public) Project | 46194-001 Status: Closed

The TA aims to improve the capacity of the participating DMCs in producing reliable sex-disaggregated statistics on ownership of assets and entrepreneurship using standard methods, and improved vital statistics from CRVS systems. The expected outcomes of the TA are contribution to the development of standard methods of collecting sex-disaggregated data on entrepreneurship and asset ownership, a regional strategic program for improvement of CRVS systems, and improved CRVS systems in prioritized areas in participating DMCs. the TA will have two broad components. The first component relates to sex-disaggregated statistics on emerging areas of ownership of assets and entrepreneurship, and the second component relates to improving CRVS systems.

Project Details

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Joshi, Kaushal Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department Request for information
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  • Regional
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  • Technical Assistance
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  • Public sector management
 
Project Name Statistical Capacity Development for Inclusive Growth through Regional Cooperation (revised title: Statistical Capacity Development for Social Inclusion and Gender Equality)
Project Number 46194-001
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8243-REG: Statistical Capacity Development for Social Inclusion and Gender Equality
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.10 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management / Economic affairs management

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Description The TA aims to improve the capacity of the participating DMCs in producing reliable sex-disaggregated statistics on ownership of assets and entrepreneurship using standard methods, and improved vital statistics from CRVS systems. The expected outcomes of the TA are contribution to the development of standard methods of collecting sex-disaggregated data on entrepreneurship and asset ownership, a regional strategic program for improvement of CRVS systems, and improved CRVS systems in prioritized areas in participating DMCs. the TA will have two broad components. The first component relates to sex-disaggregated statistics on emerging areas of ownership of assets and entrepreneurship, and the second component relates to improving CRVS systems. The first component will be implemented in close collaboration with UNSD, UNWOMEN, and other development partners supporting the global EDGE initiative, with the following main outputs (i) contribution to development of standard methods for collection of comparable sex-disaggregated data on entrepreneurship and ownership of assets, and related technical report; (ii) regional and in-country workshops to discuss methodological work and training of staff of participating countries on new methods of data collection on entrepreneurship and asset ownership disaggregated by sex; (iii) pilot data collection (surveys) in the three selected DMCs using standard methods on entrepreneurship and asset ownership, data processing, data review and validation, preparation of country reports with gender data analysis; and (iv) advocacy and mainstreaming of gender statistics on entrepreneurship and asset ownership in data collection.Georgia, Mongolia, and the Philippines have been identified for pilot surveys. The CRVS component will be implemented in collaboration with ESCAP, WHO, and other development partners supporting the regional strategic plan for improvement of CRVS in the Asia-Pacific region. The key outputs will be (i) contribution to the development of a Regional Strategic Plan for Improvement of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and the Pacific, which will be developed through a collaborative process of partners and countries under the guidance of ESCAP's Committee on Statistics (CST) and support to regional workshops/conferences for advocacy and capacity building; (ii) financial and technical support to selected countries to implement improvements in their CRVS systems in line with the regional strategic plan and identified country priorities; and (iii) relevant in-country and/or regional training programs to implement country proposals and sustainability of activities. Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and Timor-Leste have been identified for support under the TA based on their comprehensive assessments of CRVS systems and setting priorities for improving the CRVS systems.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Despite the recommendations of the UN Beijing Platform for Action (1995) on regular collection of sex-disaggregated statistics, there are still major gaps in the availability and quality of gender statistics in many areas. Specifically, while there are standard definitions and methods of data collection in the areas of education, health and employment, there are no clear standards and commonly accepted definitions to guide data collection on entrepreneurship and ownership of assets and their gender dimensions. Even where data are collected through surveys by the countries, data may not be comparable due to lack of commonly accepted definitions - thus the need for common standards for collecting comparable data.

Social inclusion and gender inclusive health policies and MDG monitoring have highlighted the importance of CRVS systems - the most comprehensive source of sex-disaggregated data on vital events, in particular, births and deaths at both the national and smaller administrative levels to provide timely indicators on fertility, mortality (including maternal and child mortality for MDGs 4 and 5 indicators) and causes of death. Recent assessments show that these systems are suffering from incomplete registrations and poor quality of vital statistics produced, leading to conduct of costly donor-funded (unsustainable) household surveys to meet data gaps. ADB's RETA 6429: Supporting the Achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in the Asia and Pacific Region (Phase III) indicated the need to come up with reliable alternative sources of data for monitoring progress in attaining the MDGs, particularly MDGs 4 and 5 at the national and subnational levels. ADB's RETA 6356: Improving Administrative Data Sources for the Monitoring of Millennium Development Goals Indicators also assessed severe weaknesses in the CRVS systems. Common reasons for poor functioning of CRVS systems are lack of awareness, lack of political commitment, human and financial capacity constraints, lack of incentive or motivation to register, barriers to registration (costs, distance from registration centers, cultural norms), absence of adequate legal provisions, and lack of appreciation for timely and reliable statistics. Most countries (including those with high rates of birth and death registrations) lack good-quality cause-of-death statistics, which is a serious lacuna to a gender-based approach to health policy. Absence of well-functioning CRVS systems also deprives citizens from very basic legal documents such as birth, death, and marriage certificates, thereby excluding a big section of population, especially the poor and marginalized populations, from basic rights and governance benefits.

Impact Improved capacity of participating developing member countries (DMCs) to produce reliable statistics in the project's focus areas on a regular and sustained basis
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Standard methods to collect sex-disaggregated data on entrepreneurship and asset ownership contribute to global standards and available for use by countries; and regional strategic program for improvement of CRVS systems endorsed and participating countries improve their CRVS in prioritized areas
Progress Toward Outcome

Component 1: Sex-disaggregated data on assets and entrepreneurship

* Substantial inputs provided by the project to the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) who have drafted methodological guidelines and recommendations on the design and implementation of surveys for collecting sex-disaggregated statistics on asset ownership; the draft methodological guidelines were presented to the UN Statistical Commission in its 48th session in March 2017 and are being currently finalized by the UNSD.

Component 2: Improvements in civil registration and vital statistics

* Successful advocacy for improving CRVS undertaken through regional cooperation; A regional strategic plan for improving CRVS systems in Asia and the Pacific prepared and endorsed in a ministerial conference on CRVS held in November 2014 under a regional initiative on CRVS led by ESCAP in collaboration with ADB (through this project) and other development partners; many countries of the are now in the process of implementing actions identified in the regional strategic plan to improve their CRVS systems.

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

(Sex-disaggregated data on assets and entrepreneurship )

1) Standard methods developed for collection of comparable data on entrepreneurship and assets ownership by sex; technical reports prepared and inputs provided for global standards

2) Regional and in-country training/workshops to train staff of participating countries in new methods of data collection on sex disaggregated data on asset ownership and entrepreneurship

3) Pilot data collection (surveys) by the 3 selected countries conducted

(CRVS Component)

4) Regional strategic plan for improvement of CRVS systems developed a collaborative regional initiative of development partners is developed.

5) Approved country proposals for improving CRVS systems implemented for each participating DMC.

6) Associated training programs for improvement of CRVS systems of participating countries designed and/or implemented.

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

Component 1: Sex-disaggregated data on assets and entrepreneurship

1) Standard methods and instruments for conducting pilot household surveys in the three participating DMCs (Georgia, Mongolia, Philippines) developed in collaboration with UNSD under the global Evidence and Data for Gender Equality (EDGE) project; Substantial tabulations, data and other technical and operation inputs provided to the UNSD for developing methodological guidelines on the subject; country reports of pilot surveys being finalized by the country teams; an integrated report summarizing the experiences from the three pilot surveys currently being finalized.

2) Regional and in-country training workshops conducted to train country teams on data collection, data processing, tabulation, and report writing for the implementation of pilot surveys using EDGE methodology; country dissemination workshops to be conducted in April 2018

3) Pilot household surveys (national level in Georgia and Mongolia and one province in the Philippines) using the methods and instruments developed under the EDGE initiative successfully conducted in the three DMCs.

Component 2: Improvements in civil registration and vital statistics

1) Regional strategic plan for improvement of CRVS systems in Asia and the Pacific developed through the leadership of ESCAP and in collaboration with ADB and other development partners.

2) Proposal for a web-based CRVS system in Cambodia approved; activities in the two other identified DMCs (Sri Lanka and Timor-Leste) did not push through due to changes in the countries'' priorities.

3) The three countries participated in regional training and advocacy workshops under support from the TA. For Cambodia pilot - web-based tools and user manuals were developed and training was provided to concerned CRVS staff in the 10 pilot sangkats of Battambang municipality and staff in the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Health, and Ministry of Planning.

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 Originally, the TA's estimated requirement was 5 person-months of international consultancy for the gender statistics component and 3 person-months for the CRVS component, 54 person months of national consultancy, and resource person inputs from experts. Fifteen (15) person months of national consultancy resources are estimated at an average of 5 person-months for each of the three participating DMCs for the gender statistics component while 12 person months of national consultancy are provided for the CRVS component at an average of 4 person-months for the three DMCs. The national consultancy inputs may vary depending upon country needs. The remaining 27 national consultancy person-months are for Headquarters consultants to provide project management, research, website management, and data processing support. Resource persons, including those from collaborating/partner organizations Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP), University of Queensland Health Information System (HIS) Knowledge Hub and other specialized institutions - will be invited to provide training, facilitate workshops, and/or provide technical support specific to project needs in the course of project implementation. Resource person assignments will not go beyond 10 working days. The consultants will be hired as individuals and will be engaged directly by ADB in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (April 2010, as amended from time to time). Individual consultants are preferred in consideration of the specialized and technical focus of the statistical capacity proposed to be implemented. Disbursements under the TA will be made in accordance with ADB's TA Disbursement Handbook (May 2010, as amended from time to time). As of March 2018, the project had utilized 14 person-months of international consultancy and 85 person-months of national consultancy to support conduct of further methodological studies, the preparation of reports, and other dissemination activities.
Procurement The procurement of any equipment will be done in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (April 2010, as amended from time to time). Proper turnover of equipment will also be ensured at the project's completion date.
Responsible ADB Officer Joshi, Kaushal
Responsible ADB Department Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
Responsible ADB Division Development Indicators and Policy Research Division
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
Kaushal Joshi
6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 12 Oct 2012
Fact Finding 02 Jul 2012 to 19 Jul 2012
MRM -
Approval 07 Dec 2012
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 28 Mar 2018

TA 8243-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
07 Dec 2012 - 07 Dec 2012 30 Nov 2015 30 Apr 2018 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,100,000.00 07 Dec 2012 878,829.94

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