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Regional: Midterm Review of the Republic of Korea e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund

Sovereign (Public) Project | 47170-001 Status: Closed

The TA will review the operations of the e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund (The Fund) to assess its responsiveness to the evolving assistance context. Based on lessons learned during the initial six years of implementation, eligibility criteria for the Fund will be sharpened, and the Fund administration procedures will be streamlined. This will improve not only the performance of the Fund supported TAs but also the effectiveness of the Fund operations.

Project Details

Project Officer
Seok Yong Yoon Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department Request for information
Country
  • Regional
Modality
  • Technical Assistance
Sector
  • Public sector management
 
Project Name Midterm Review of the Republic of Korea e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund
Project Number 47170-001
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8396-REG: Midterm Review of the Republic of Korea e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund
Republic of Korea e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund US$ 500,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Information and communication technology / ICT strategy and policy, and capacity development

Public sector management / Public administration

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description

The TA will review the operations of the e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund (The Fund) to assess its responsiveness to the evolving assistance context. Based on lessons learned during the initial six years of implementation, eligibility criteria for the Fund will be sharpened, and the Fund administration procedures will be streamlined. This will improve not only the performance of the Fund supported TAs but also the effectiveness of the Fund operations.

In addition to the mid-term review of the Fund operations, the TA will explore the potential support areas through the Fund in order to maximize the development effectiveness of the Fund operations through the more systematic and demand based intervention to DMCs. Considering the increasing demands on ICT from DMCs and limited resource of the TA, the focus will be given to the e-Asia Window for this TA. Therefore, the TA will basically focus on two parts: (i) mid-term evaluation of the Fund management and operational performance, and (ii) review and identification of potential areas of intervention through the Fund.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Fund was established under the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in June 2006, with a contribution of $20 million from the Government of the Republic of Korea (GOK). The Fund aims to contribute to poverty reduction and foster the economic and social development process in ADB's developing member countries (DMCs) by supporting technical assistance (TA) projects that promote and utilize information and communication technology (ICT) (e-Asia program) and help facilitate the creation and sharing of information and knowledge (Knowledge Partnership program).

Since its initial contribution of $20 million to the Fund, the GOK has subsequently made additional contributions to the Fund: $6.37 million in November 2010, $6 million in September 2011, and $7.85 million in November 2012. This suggests that there is growing demand for the Fund, increasing awareness from DMCs and ADB staff, and a continuing interest to support the promotion of ICT and enrichment of knowledge for development. To date, the total Fund contribution has reached $40,220,000.

As the Fund is gaining more visibility and awareness among ADB staff members and DMCs, it is timely and imperative to review the mid term Fund operations to assess its responsiveness to the evolving assistance context.

Impact Improved effectiveness in economic and social development of DMCs
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Improved effectiveness of the Fund operations and enhanced knowledge partnership with the Republic of Korea
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Mid-term evaluation report on the E-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund produced

ICTD strategy report for e-Asia program produced

Knowledge sharing of DMCs' ICTD initiatives as part of e-Asia program

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
Responsible ADB Officer Seok Yong Yoon
Responsible ADB Department Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department
Responsible ADB Division SDGG
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 16 Jun 2013
Fact Finding 17 Jun 2013 to 04 Jul 2013
MRM -
Approval 04 Jul 2013
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 29 Apr 2013

TA 8396-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
04 Jul 2013 - 04 Jul 2013 31 Dec 2014 30 Jun 2015 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 500,000.00 04 Jul 2013 379,865.29

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