The Government of Uzbekistan is committed to reducing the disparities in living standards between those in rural and urban areas. The Rurual Development Program and the Rural Housing Scheme are the key strategies to achieve this objective. An important element of these strategies is improving the capacity of local governments to deliver public services more effectively including encouraging investment in rural areas and greater rural business development. To help achieve this, the Government sought the assistance of the ADB to provide technical assistance to improve the capacity of local governments.
|Project Name||Strengthening Governance and Improving Local Government Capacity for Results-Based Service Delivery|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Public sector management - Public administration
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming|
|Description||The Government of Uzbekistan is committed to reducing the disparities in living standards between those in rural and urban areas. The Rurual Development Program and the Rural Housing Scheme are the key strategies to achieve this objective. An important element of these strategies is improving the capacity of local governments to deliver public services more effectively including encouraging investment in rural areas and greater rural business development. To help achieve this, the Government sought the assistance of the ADB to provide technical assistance to improve the capacity of local governments.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||The Welfare Improvement Strategy for 2012-2015 outlines the Government of Uzbekistan's vision for national development and its program for achieving more inclusive economic growth. The Rural Development Program (RDP) and the Rural Housing Scheme (RHS) are critical pillars of the strategy, which focuses on reducing urban-rural disparity by improving rural living standards and increasing rural income and job opportunities. The government has requested the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to provide technical assistance (TA) to improve the capacity of local governments to deliver these programs effectively.|
|Impact||Improved service delivery by local governments|
|Description of Outcome||Improved results-based planning capacity for local governments in Uzbekistan|
|Progress Toward Outcome||ongoing|
|Description of Project Outputs||
Local government results-based planning, monitoring and reporting framework developed
Local government capacity building program developed
A shared government information portal to improve access to information and more efficient allocation and use of government resources developed
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||The Academy for Public Administration, implementing agency of the TA, underwent a revamp in early September 2015. New deputy rectors will also be appointed in the coming months. A Midterm Review Mission is scheduled in November 2015 during which a detailed assessment on the TA's objectives and scope will be conducted.|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||Various stakeholders were consulted during project design, including community groups.|
|During Project Implementation||TA implementation has been slow with no contract awarded or disbursed. The original TA design made effective implementation difficult as the executing agency and implementing agencies were the intended beneficiaries of TA inputs. Four ADB missions discussed the TA with the government and after these detailed discussions, a minor change in TA scope and implementation arrangements has been agreed to alight TA inputs to needs of the government. An Action Plan has been prepared that will be followed to keep TA implementation on track.|
|Consulting Services||The TA will respond to revised government requirements by hiring following individual consultants instead of the consulting firm: (i) 1 international consultant (4 person-months), (ii) 6 national consultants (24 person-months), and (iii) 10 international resource persons. The international consultant (results-based management advisor) and 2 national consultants (a local government training advisor and a public management specialist) will assist the MOE in developing and delivering a training program for their Academy staff dealing with regional development and macroeconomic analysis. Four national consultants will work with the international resource persons and help the Academy develop new curriculum and training modules in results-based planning, monitoring and evaluation. The international resource persons will be drawn from leading universities and institutions around the world including those with which the Academy has signed partnerships, and they will focus on modern themes and subjects including: regional social and economic planning, results-based management, public management, public administration, social sector strategy, decision making, leadership, marketing, urban planning, e-government and information and communication technology and will help develop new curriculum and training modules for the Academy.|
|Procurement||The allocation for equipment, software, reference materials was reduced from $80,000 to $30,000 in line with the revised needs articulated by the government. Two new cost categories were created: reference books and materials, and seminars/workshops/training. The reference books and teaching and training materials will help the Academy to meet costs of introducing revised curriculum and new training modules in relevant areas. The training component (seminars, workshops, etc) will be delivered through the Academy as implementing agency using individual resource persons and trainers.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Sumbal, Asadullah Khan|
|Responsible ADB Department||Central and West Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Uzbekistan Resident Mission|
Ministry of Economy
Uzbekistan Avenue, 45A Tashkent, 100060, Republic of Uzbekistan
|Concept Clearance||08 Oct 2012|
|Approval||10 Dec 2012|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||22 Sep 2015|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|10 Dec 2012||08 Jan 2013||08 Jan 2013||31 Dec 2015||-||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|340,000.00||0.00||70,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||410,000.00||10 Dec 2012||12,666.35|
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|Strengthening Governance and Improving Local Government Capacity for Results-Based Service Delivery||Technical Assistance Reports||Dec 2012|
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