Lao People's Democratic Republic: Policy and Capacity Support for Improved Aid Effectiveness

Sovereign Project | 47171-001 Status: Active


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Project Name Policy and Capacity Support for Improved Aid Effectiveness
Project Number 47171-001
Country Lao People's Democratic Republic
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8610-LAO: Policy and Capacity Support for Improved Aid Effectiveness
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 450,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management - Public administration - Public expenditure and fiscal management

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact Improved alignment of ODA and government priorities and processes.

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome Country systems and mechanisms for policy dialogue strengthened to improve aid effectiveness
Progress Toward Outcome The macroeconomic working group meetings and infrastructure sector working group meetings shall be held more regularly compared to previous years starting from 2015. The TA consultants will produce the working group papers to enhance the working groups meetings/works.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Policy dialogue on aid effectiveness improved

2. Project start-up delays reduced

3. Government capacity for management of ADB-financed project portfolio strengthened

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

There are one executive and two technical macroeconomic working group meetings held toward the Rountable Implemtation Meeting in November 2015.

The sectariate committee of Macroeoconomic Working Group was set in quarter 4 2014

The donor consultation meetings to further improve the Infrastructure Sector Working Group and macroeconomic working group are planned in first and second quarter of 2015

The procurement of office equipment for the EA and IAs was partly done and the rest shall be procured within first Quarter 2015.

The selection of international consultant (Team leader) and national consultant (Deputy team leader) are under process- it expects to complete by 15 January 2015

Geographical Location Vientiane Capital

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design .
During Project Implementation

1. Policy dialogue on aid effectiveness improved: The TA is supporting the MWG to conduct quarterly meetings (4 were held in 2014) and plans to hold 3-4 policy dialogues in 2015. The ISWG meets less frequently (once in 2014) and the TA will continue to strengthen the secretariat and improve coordination among departments in the Ministry of Public Work and Transport, and improve coordination between co-chairs (ADB, World Bank and Japanese Embassy). It is expected three working group meetings will be held (one executive and two technical) in 2015. The TA will continue to support the two sectors in 2016 which anticipate 2 meetings in MWG (1 executive and 1 technical) and 3 meetings in ISWG (1 executive and 2 technical).

2. Project start-up delays reduced: The Development of Standard Operating procedure (SOP) is under progress. The Department of International Cooperation (DIC), Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) will have the final discussion on SOP content in April 2016 and will submit for MPI's Minister approval later in May 2016. It is expected that the SOP will be approved within Quarter 2, 2016 and subsequently will disseminate to government and others stakeholders by Quarter 3, 2016.

3. Government capacity for management of ADB-financed project portfolio strengthened: Major activities under this output are progressing well, including (i) quarterly portfolio performance review meetings, focusing on addressing underlying systemic issues, (ii) implementation of the action plan agreed upon during the quarterly country portfolio performance reviews, and (iii) annual country portfolio review mission between ADB, the World Bank, and the MPI, including preparation of joint background papers outlining analysis of systemic portfolio performance issues and solutions. For 2016, the TA will support 4 QPRM meetings and 1 JCPR meeting and the implementation of the agreed upon action.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services The CDTA will provide a total of 46 person-months inputs comprising five person-months of international consultants and 41 person-months of national consultants in the area of ODA and portfolio management. All consultants will be recruited on an individual basis and engaged in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amend from time to time).

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Vanthong Inthavong
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Lao Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Planning and Investment
Luangprabang Road Vientiane 01001, Lao PDR


Concept Clearance 12 Nov 2013
Fact Finding 16 Jul 2013 to 03 Oct 2013
Approval 12 Dec 2013
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 07 Apr 2016

TA 8610-LAO

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
12 Dec 2013 28 Jan 2014 28 Jan 2014 31 Dec 2015 30 Dec 2016 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
450,000.00 0.00 25,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 475,000.00 12 Dec 2013 203,159.08
Title Document Type Document Date
Policy and Capacity Support for Improved Aid Effectiveness Technical Assistance Reports Dec 2013

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