49078-003: Support and Validation of Seismic Safety Improvement Program Indicators | Asian Development Bank

Armenia: Support and Validation of Seismic Safety Improvement Program Indicators

Sovereign (Public) Project | 49078-003 Status: Approved

The proposed transaction technical assistance (TRTA) is being processed at the request of the Government of Armenia (the government) to support implementation of the Seismic Safety Improvement Program (SSIP), the first results-based lending program (RBL program) in the country. SSIP with an amount of $88.5 million was approved on 22 September 2015. The loan closing date originally was 31 May 2021 and was extended to 31 May 2024 due to start up delays and budget consolidation. The executing agency (EA) is the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development (MTAD) and the implementing agency (IA) is the Armenian Territorial Development Fund (ATDF). The RBL program supports the implementation of the National Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction by (i) improving school seismic safety to reduce casualties and damages in schools during earthquakes, and (ii) enabling better use of school buildings as shelters for the general public and as focal points for emergency response after earthquakes.

Project Details

Project Officer
Mousaelyan, Gohar Rouben Central and West Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Armenia
Sector
  • Water and other urban infrastructure and services
 
Project Name Support and Validation of Seismic Safety Improvement Program Indicators
Project Number 49078-003
Country Armenia
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9655-ARM: Support and Validation of Seismic Safety Improvement Program Indicators
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Other urban services

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description

The proposed transaction technical assistance (TRTA) is being processed at the request of the Government of Armenia (the government) to support implementation of the Seismic Safety Improvement Program (SSIP), the first results-based lending program (RBL program) in the country. SSIP with an amount of $88.5 million was approved on 22 September 2015. The loan closing date originally was 31 May 2021 and was extended to 31 May 2024 due to start up delays and budget consolidation. The executing agency (EA) is the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development (MTAD) and the implementing agency (IA) is the Armenian Territorial Development Fund (ATDF). The RBL program supports the implementation of the National Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction by (i) improving school seismic safety to reduce casualties and damages in schools during earthquakes, and (ii) enabling better use of school buildings as shelters for the general public and as focal points for emergency response after earthquakes. SSIP is a part of a wider government program to strengthen schools that are seismically vulnerable. The outcome of the Program is to increase the number of students studying in school buildings meeting the safety standards for MSK 9(IX) scale earthquakes by 5.3 percentage points from the baseline. The RBL program four results areas are: i) increasing seismic resilience of school buildings, ii) strengthening seismic disaster preparedness and response capacity, iii) improving supportive policies and systems for seismic disaster risk management and reduction, and iv) enhancing national capacity in executing and implementing the seismic safety investment programs. SSIP will reconstruct or retrofit 46 schools and is being implemented.

Attached to SSIP a capacity development technical assistance (CDTA) for $800,000 was approved to support implementation of the program. The loan closing date originally was 31 May 2021 and was extended to 31 May 2024 due to start up delays and budget consolidation. The CDTA has helped to build capacity during the first three years of implementation and after two extensions is scheduled to close on 30 September 2019. The current TRTA is included in the current COBP for approval in 2018 with an indicative amount of $750,000.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

This TRTA will help the EA and IA develop the capacity to implement the SSIP and to verify selected disbursement-linked indicators (DLI). Verification protocol of SSIP requires that construction completion report of schools shall be validated by an internationally accredited third party in terms of its compliance with the MSK9 (IX) scale earthquake safety requirements. Verification of the constructed and retrofitted schools by the accredited third party is an important condition for disbursement of the SSIP funds, and endorsement of the detailed design of schools, is a key technical milestone.

The TRTA will have two components: i) improvement of quality of design and construction verification, and ii) validation of selected DLIs. The first component will strengthen quality of design and construction of seismic resilient schools. The second component is justified given the limited budget availability for the program because of the government's budget consolidation.

Impact
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Nation-wide
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services ARRM will engage the consultants following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions. Single-source selection method will be used for engaging the Capacity Building Consultant and Quality and Cost based Selection method (80:20) will be used for engaging the DLI Validation Consultant.
Responsible ADB Officer Mousaelyan, Gohar Rouben
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Armenia Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development
Government House 3, Republic Square
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 16 Nov 2018
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 28 Nov 2018

TA 9655-ARM

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
16 Nov 2018 - - 31 Dec 2023 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 500,000.00 16 Nov 2018 0.00

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