Regional : Improving Safeguard Policy Applications in South Asia Developing Member Countries
Development results and effectiveness are quite often interrupted or delayed due to unsatisfactory or flawed implementation of safeguard mitigation measures. Often time implementation results are intertwined with planning and design of safeguard measures. There have been concerns over the quality of safeguard planning documents and ADB staff skills in managing implementation issues. The need to understand these implementation issues have been prioritized by SARD and therefore SARD is currently supporting a S-CDTA to assess the status of institutional capacity for implementation of environmental and social safeguards in ADB-funded infrastructure projects in India, Nepal, and Bhutan. The S-CDTA has identified a set of issues that are interrelated between environmental and social safeguard planning and implementation phases and has recommended an action plan which highlights on various level of capacity development needs in each of the 3 selected DMCs and SARD.
Barba, Ricardo Carlos
South Asia Department
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- Water and other urban infrastructure and services
|Project Name||Improving Safeguard Policy Applications in South Asia Developing Member Countries|
|Country / Economy||Regional
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Energy / Electricity transmission and distribution - Large hydropower generation
Transport / Road transport (non-urban) - Urban roads and traffic management
Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Urban sanitation - Urban sewerage - Urban solid waste management - Urban water supply
|Gender||No gender elements|
Development results and effectiveness are quite often interrupted or delayed due to unsatisfactory or flawed implementation of safeguard mitigation measures. Often time implementation results are intertwined with planning and design of safeguard measures. There have been concerns over the quality of safeguard planning documents and ADB staff skills in managing implementation issues. The need to understand these implementation issues have been prioritized by SARD and therefore SARD is currently supporting a S-CDTA to assess the status of institutional capacity for implementation of environmental and social safeguards in ADB-funded infrastructure projects in India, Nepal, and Bhutan. The S-CDTA has identified a set of issues that are interrelated between environmental and social safeguard planning and implementation phases and has recommended an action plan which highlights on various level of capacity development needs in each of the 3 selected DMCs and SARD. The aim of the proposed R-CDTA is to deliver on this action plan and extend similar investigation on current status and safeguard capacity development for rest of the SARD DMCs.
The regional aspect of the proposed R-CDTA will allow to avail the opportunities for South-South co-operation and sharing of best practices across SARD DMCs. It is in line with the ADB Safeguard Policy Statement 2009 that emphasizes the need for effective implementation of the safeguard measures together with the borrower. The R-CDTA also reflects the strategy encouraged by the Regional Cooperation Strategy for South Asia 2011-2015, where it supports (i) project implementation, and (ii) capacity development initiatives. As a first time for SARD, the S-CDTA has engaged SARD's clients in a dialogue on rationalizing safeguards implementation practices and the R-CDTA will deliver the improvement.
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||The TA will have significant improvement in safeguard implementation practices in ADB funded projects in SARD DMCs. Performance indicator will be (i) by 2020: Audits of project environmental management plans and social safeguard plans undertaken by external monitors show improvement from 2013 level; and (ii) reduced safeguard complaints filed against ADB funded projects from 2017 onwards.|
Better safeguard implementation practices in ADB-funded projects in DMCs in South Asia
|Description of Outcome||
Stronger capacity of both ADB and key government agencies to systematically design, implement, and monitor environment and social safeguard aspects of ADB projects
|Progress Toward Outcome||In process|
|Description of Project Outputs||
1. Safeguard implementation manuals, including guidelines, procedures, and training materials developed
2. Training programs implemented
3. Web-based automated safeguard system for tracking safeguard performance developed
4. Social and environmental safeguards assessments enhanced
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
Output 1: The Environmental Management Specialist and Social Safeguard Specialist who have been recruited since 2014 continues to be engaged to finalize the training manuals. The draft environment and social safeguards training manuals have been initially reviewed by SDSS and will be revised based actual use of core national trainers.
Output 2: Training workshops have been conducted for EAs and IAs as follows:
(a) Environment and social safeguards training workshops have been conducted in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka;
(b) Training on handling environmental contracts conducted in Sri Lanka and Nepal; and
(c) Training on grievance redress mechanism and problem solving conducted in India and Nepal.
The TA supported training for 3 POWERGRID safeguards staff on Resettlement and Livelihood Restoration in Manila, Philippines.
Safeguards Training-of-Trainers (TOT) has been conducted in India for trainees to eventually be engaged to carry-out safeguards training to executing agencies and implementing agencies in their respective countries. A TOT was also held in Bhutan with trainees from Bhutan and Nepal.
An Environmental and Social Safeguards Training was held on 9-13 July 2018 in Nepal for the core national trainers. Several core national trainers have been engaged and deployed in Bhutan, India and Nepal in November 2019 to conduct safeguards training.
Output 3: The Information Technology Consultant and Safeguards Database Management Specialist continues to be engaged to fine-tune SARD's Safeguards Tracking System. The system was pilot-tested in the last quarter of 2016 and its full implementation was launched during SARD''s Safeguards Network Meeting in June 2017. Further refinements are being done to improve the web-based tracking system based on feedback from SARD sector divisions, resident missions, and SDSS.
Output 4: Recruited 14 international consultants and 31 national consultants to perform social and environmental assessment work. One of the 14 international consultants worked on the country safeguards system for POWERGRID in India.
Further consultant recruitment for short-term assignments ongoing.
|Geographical Location||Bangladesh - Nation-wide; Bhutan - Nation-wide; India - Nation-wide; Maldives - Nation-wide; Nepal - Nation-wide; Sri Lanka - Nation-wide|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||The assigned peer reviewers were consulted during the interdepartmental circulation of the draft concept paper.|
|During Project Implementation|
|Consulting Services||On an intermittent basis, ADB will engage individual consultants in accordance with the Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time). Two international consultants namely, an environmental management specialist and a social safeguard specialist, will be engaged for a total of 31 person-months. Their main tasks will be to enhance overall quality of environmental and social safeguard design and planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting on ADB projects in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal by preparing the necessary manuals and training materials. One international consultant, namely a safeguards specialist, will be engaged for a total of 88 days to work on the SARD safeguards tracking system with the national information technology consultant. ADB will engage 20 national consultants for a total of 56 person-months. Disbursements under the R-CDTA will be made in accordance with ADB's Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (January 2010, as amended from time to time). No activity will be financed in any DMC until ADB receives a letter of no objection in respect of such activity from the government of such DMC.|
|Procurement||The participating governments will provide support in the form of data and other information, counterpart staff, office accommodations and facilities, and transportation to site visits for training purposes.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Barba, Ricardo Carlos|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Office of the Director General, SARD (SAOD)|
Asian Development Bank
|Concept Clearance||20 Sep 2013|
|Approval||13 Dec 2013|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||04 Jun 2019|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|13 Dec 2013||-||13 Dec 2013||28 Feb 2017||12 Dec 2019||09 Jun 2020|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|5,000,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||5,000,000.00||17 Jun 2022||4,039,454.36|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Improving Safeguard Policy Applications in South Asia Developing Member Countries: Guidebook on Occupational Health and Safety for Urban and Water Projects||Consultants' Reports||Aug 2020|
|Improving Safeguard Policy Applications in South Asia Developing Member Countries: Guidebook on Safeguards||Consultants' Reports||Aug 2020|
|Improving Safeguard Policy Applications in South Asia Developing Member Countries||Technical Assistance Reports||Dec 2013|
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