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Regional: Strengthening Knowledge Management in Central and West Asia

Sovereign (Public) Project | 49045-001 Status: Active

The Midterm Review (MTR) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB)'s Strategy 2020 emphasizes the importance of enhancing the provision of knowledge solutions to developing member countries (DMCs), and stresses that the value provided by ADB operations includes delivering up-to-date knowledge products and services (KPS) and cross-country experiences, in addition to finance. Knowledge and knowledge management are recognized as important elements of ADB's finance++ approach, integrating ADB financing with support for knowledge solutions.

Project Details

Project Officer
Lyaziza G. Sabyrova Central and West Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Regional
Modality
  • Technical Assistance
Sector
  • Multisector
 
Project Name Strengthening Knowledge Management in Central and West Asia
Project Number 49045-001
Country Regional
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8936-REG: Strengthening Knowledge Management in Central and West Asia
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.50 million
TA 8936-REG: Strengthening Knowledge Management in Central and West Asia
People's Republic of China Poverty Reduction and Regional Cooperation Fund US$ 650,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Multisector / ADB's corporate management, policy and strategy development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description

The Midterm Review (MTR) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB)'s Strategy 2020 emphasizes the importance of enhancing the provision of knowledge solutions to developing member countries (DMCs), and stresses that the value provided by ADB operations includes delivering up-to-date knowledge products and services (KPS) and cross-country experiences, in addition to finance. Knowledge and knowledge management are recognized as important elements of ADB's finance++ approach, integrating ADB financing with support for knowledge solutions.

This technical assistance (TA) project has been developed to strengthen ADB's delivery of KPS to DMCs. In particular, it will assist DMCs covered by ADB's Central and West Asia Department (CWRD) adopt better knowledge solutions and catalyze transformative innovation in these countries. It will also conduct a study aimed at strengthening the impact of ADB's development operations in Central and West Asian countries, by increasing promotion for inclusive growth through ADB projects.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Central and West Asian countries currently face several challenges related to weakening energy prices, devaluation of their currencies, increasing inflation, and an economic slowdown in the countries that are their major trading partners and sources of remittances. Economic vulnerabilities are often related to poor economic diversification, low labor productivity, low levels of domestic savings, and insufficient development of the private sector. Increasingly, problems with income distribution hamper the achievement of inclusive growth, while various unresolved issues including with gender equality, access to finance and education, and a mismatch between labor demand and skills formation create obstacles to inclusive development. Most Central and West Asian economies are in the middle-income group, and are at risk of falling into the middle-income trap, preventing them from shifting to higher-income levels. Expanding their ability to generate, manage, and share knowledge is essential to overcoming these challenges and mitigating the structural risks inherent in their economies.

Furthermore, the importance of introducing focused, well-structured knowledge solutions increases for upper middle-income countries; in order to enhance people's quality of life and enable cutting-edge technological development, these countries need to considerably expand their capacity to innovate. Knowledge is also needed to promote economic development in lower-income countries, those that suffer from structural vulnerabilities, and those in post-conflict situations. These countries can use knowledge solutions to distill lessons from countries that have experienced similar challenges, and can enable economic growth by adopting international best practices.

As DMCs in Central and West Asia implement policies and develop institutions that facilitate the structural transformation of their economies, the expansion of knowledge and learning from successful experiences are increasingly important. To enhance the quality and effective dissemination of KPS, the Midterm Review of Strategy 2020 (footnote 1) calls for knowledge partnerships and dialogue opportunities with local think tanks and research institutes.

A common theme that emerged from consultations with governments is the generalized perception that inequality has recently increased across the region. Despite the progress made by Central Asian economies in recent years, the ongoing economic difficulties resulting from the decline in energy prices and devaluation of regional currencies is significantly disrupting economic activity, with resulting negative impacts on jobs, remittances, and people's general well-being. Local experts suggested that the most vulnerable groups including women, persons with disabilities, those living in rural areas, the less literate, and migrant workers are most heavily impacted. These emerging concerns will require a dedicated study focused on issues related to creating jobs to promote inclusive growth in the region, including analyses to better understand the demand and supply sides of the labor market, access to economic opportunities, the actual extent and distribution of poverty, and wealth and income disparities and ultimately to guide ADB operations.

Impact Project is aligned with the long-term economic development strategies of Central and West Asian countries by promoting their ability to use knowledge products and services.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Enhanced KPS delivery to DMCs
Progress Toward Outcome By end 2017, all CWRD DMCs have completed their pilot country knowledge plans (CKPs) and list of indicative publications and events (LINKs). Subsequent CKPs will be appendixed to Country Partnership Strategies (CPS), and LINKs to Country Operations Business Plans.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Demand-based KPS delivered

2. KPS database compiled

3. Region-wide study on jobs for promoting inclusive economic growth in Central and West Asia completed

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

Output 1. Demand-based KPS delivered

a. template for KPS proposals has been developed and made available to resident missions;

b. received KPS requests from AZRM, ARMM, GRM, KARM, KYRM, PRM and TJRM;

c. approved KPS funding requests:

i. KARM: Workshop on Urban Water Supply and Sanitation in Kazakhstan completed in March 2017;

ii. KARM: Workshop on Enhancing Water Security: Applications in Kazakhstan completed in June 2017;

iii. KYRM: Conference on Taza Koom Program completed in June 2017;

iv. AZRM: software purchase completed and for turnover to State Statistical Committee of Azerbaijan;

v. ARMM: study on Armenias Integration with Regional Transport Networks completed in September 2017;

vi. TJRM: Forecasting Methodology for Employment Generation and Job Creation in Tajikistan completed and capacity development activity for government conducted;

vii. GRM: Video clips completed and workshops held for the Road Safety Awareness Program; brochure on road safety was developed and will be presented during an awareness workshop in November 2018; and

viii. PRM: Workshops on Economic Corridor Development (ECD) in Pakistan two workshops will be held in December 2018 to deepen the understanding and implications of regional initiatives on Pakistan.

Output 2. KPS database compiled

a. online CWRD knowledge and services inventory has been developed and is continuously being populated with knowledge products and services entries;

b. initial list included completed KPS compiled for all 10 CWA countries used as reference in drafting the pilot country knowledge plans and list of knowledge products and services of countries in compliance to SPD and SDCC instructions;

c. knowledge products relevant to CWRD region, that are available at adb.org and K-nexus and published from 2006 to present, were added to the list; and

d. KPS database department-wide updating exercise piloted in 3Q2017, with another run completed in 4Q2017. Starting 2018, updating exercise will be implemented on a semi-annual basis.

Output 3. Region-wide study on jobs for promoting inclusive economic growth in Central and West Asia completed

a. partnership arrangements with think tanks have been established;

b. engagement of individual experts for the study team completed;

c. majority of country and thematic background papers completed, some of which have been disclosed in TA project page, while remaining papers are being finalized by authors;

d. corporate study report being finalized;

e. policy briefs (country background papers) provided to governments for review and have been revised accordingly;

f. volume publications being finalized;

g. additional consultants (economics editor and KM coordinator) being engaged to help with the finalization and coordination of publications; and

h. milestone events completed under the study:

- Brainstorming Meeting (Jul 2015);

- Inception Workshop (Dec 2015);

- Interim Country Workshop for ARM-GEO (Mar 2016);

- Interim Country Workshop for AZE-KAZ (May 2016);

- Interim Country Workshop for KGZ-TAJ (Jun 2016);

- Interim Country Workshop for TKM-UZB (Jun 2016);

- ADB Issues Paper Review Workshop (Jul 2016);

- Interim Workshop for Part III (Sept 2016);

- Interim Workshop for Part I and IV (Oct 2016); and

- Study Finalization Conference (Dec 2016).

Final report on the Good Jobs for Inclusive Growth study has been completed and published, and disseminated by 15 March 2019.

All TA activities have been completed by 15 March 2019 and TA is due for financial closing.

Geographical Location Regional
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The TA conceptualization has benefited from consultations with governments and other local stakeholders in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan in 2015. Discussions were held in particular with the ministries of economy, energy, finance, and transport, as well as local think tanks and research institutes. The TA design benefited as well from substantial input received from resident missions, divisions, and units through regular meetings with knowledge focal points and their supervisors. Consultation meeting with stakeholders in AFG was held in April 2016.
During Project Implementation

Delivery of demand-based KPS was in consultation and coordination with concerned government agencies, think tanks/research institutes, development partners and other institutions in CWRD DMCs. Close coordination with relevant thematic groups, sector divisions, resident missions and other departments was maintained for consistent and harmonized KPS delivery.

Knowledge events organized under the region-wide study such as workshops, conferences, seminars, and consultation meetings included participation of relevant CWRD DMCs' government agencies, think tanks/research institutes, civil society and private sector, among others.

Knowledge products generated under the TA have been duly disseminated.

Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

The TA will require approximately 145 person-months of inputs from the following consulting services:

(i) To assist with KPS delivery to DMCs, international and national consultants, as well as think tanks/research institutes from Central and West Asia DMCs will be engaged on specific assignments, in close coordination with resident missions. The pool of consultants will include international consultants (total of about 15 person-months of services) and national consultants (total of about 52 person-months of services), including for editorial and translation work.

(ii) To assist with knowledge management coordination, national consultants will be engaged in ADB headquarters for about 29 person-months; assignments will include support in preparing guidelines for the KPS database, its maintenance, and update; conducting the KPS stocktaking exercise; and facilitating the publication of KPS reports.

(iii) To assist with drafting and finalizing specialized topics related to the study, the TA will engage several international consultants, including an economics editor. Local think tanks/research institutes and peer reviewers will be engaged to help with preparing background papers, conducting surveys and interviews as needed, gathering and analyzing data, and performing quality control. The TA will engage national consultants to assist with data gathering and analysis, coordination, communication, and organization of knowledge events.

To provide the above services under (i) the TA will engage individual consultants and think tanks/research institutes on a case-by-case basis, based on DMC KPS needs. Requirements will be formulated through specific KPS templates, including details about the terms of references for consulting services. Requests will be evaluated on the basis of their expected contribution to filling knowledge gaps identified in DMC CKPs. Rankings will be made by CWRC based on funding availability and the comparative urgency of proposals. Eligible KPS include those relating to new projects and those meant to increase the knowledge component of ongoing projects, or bridge with pipeline projects.

Consulting services (para. 13) will be sourced from individual consultants and/or think tanks/research institutes. Individual consultants will be engaged pursuant to ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time). In some cases, consulting services may be rendered through output-based contracts and lump-sum payments. Due to the specific nature of the services involved and the low contractual amounts, about 8 10 think tanks/research institutes will be engaged as consulting firms through single-source selection using biodata technical proposals, in close consultation with DMC governments and ADB resident missions. Think tanks/research institutes will be identified from July 2015 to March 2016 and listed in a separate memorandum to ADB's Operations Services and Financial Management Department upon completion of consultation missions.

Resource persons will also be engaged, based on their academic and/or policy backgrounds and qualifications, to serve as peer reviewers for knowledge products, and present papers and/or act as facilitators, speakers, and panelists in knowledge-sharing events such as conferences, workshops, seminars, and capacity building programs.

Responsible ADB Officer Lyaziza G. Sabyrova
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Div, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 15 Apr 2015
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 31 Jul 2015
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 30 Sep 2019

TA 8936-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
31 Jul 2015 - 31 Jul 2015 31 Dec 2017 15 Mar 2019 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,500,000.00 650,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,150,000.00 31 Jul 2015 1,841,497.47

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Title Document Type Document Date
Strengthening Knowledge Management in Central and West Asia: Responding to External Shocks Hitting the Economy of Uzbekistan Documents Produced Under Grant/Loans/TA Jun 2017
Strengthening Knowledge Management in Central and West Asia: Promoting Good Jobs and Inclusive Growth through Energy Projects in Central and West Asia Documents Produced Under Grant/Loans/TA Mar 2017
Strengthening Knowledge Management in Central and West Asia: Responding to External Shocks Hitting the Economy of Georgia Documents Produced Under Grant/Loans/TA Mar 2017
Strengthening Knowledge Management in Central and West Asia: Promoting Inclusive Growth through Private Sector Development Projects in Central and West Asia Documents Produced Under Grant/Loans/TA Mar 2017
Strengthening Knowledge Management in Central and West Asia: Responding to External Shocks Hitting the Economy of Azerbaijan Documents Produced Under Grant/Loans/TA Mar 2017
Strengthening Knowledge Management in Central and West Asia: Responding to External Shocks Hitting the Economy of Kazakhstan Documents Produced Under Grant/Loans/TA Mar 2017
Strengthening Knowledge Management in Central and West Asia: Emergent Themes for Education and Skills Development for Inclusive Jobs in Central and West Asia Documents Produced Under Grant/Loans/TA Feb 2017
Strengthening Knowledge Management in Central and West Asia: Responding to External Shocks Hitting the Economy of Armenia Documents Produced Under Grant/Loans/TA Feb 2017
Strengthening Knowledge Management in Central and West Asia: Promoting Good Jobs for Inclusive Growth through Agricultural and Natural Resources Projects in Central and West Asia Documents Produced Under Grant/Loans/TA Feb 2017
Strengthening Knowledge Management in Central and West Asia: Promoting Inclusive Growth through Health Development in Central and West Asia Documents Produced Under Grant/Loans/TA Feb 2017
Strengthening Knowledge Management in Central and West Asia: Technical Assistance Report Technical Assistance Reports Jul 2015

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