The proposed subproject is part of the cluster regional research and development technical assistance that will support the preparation of the flagship publication, the Asian Development Outlook (ADO) , for 3 years. This publication includes staff analyses of the macroeconomic prospects for all of Asian Development Bank's (ADB) 45 developing member countries (DMCs), referred to collectively as developing Asia, and provides insights into the current economic issues the region faces. Its content provides vital intelligence to policy makers in DMCs, ADB Management and shareholders, and researchers globally, and underpins ADB operational decisions. The ADO showcases ADB's knowledge and expertise about the region.
|Project Name||Asian Development Outlook 2016-2018 - Asian Development Outlook 2017 (Subproject 2)|
Micronesia, Federated States of
Hong Kong, China
Korea, Republic of
Lao People's Democratic Republic
Papua New Guinea
China, People's Republic of
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
|Sector / Subsector||
Public sector management / Economic affairs management
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||No gender elements|
|Description||The proposed subproject is part of the cluster regional research and development technical assistance that will support the preparation of the flagship publication, the Asian Development Outlook (ADO) , for 3 years. This publication includes staff analyses of the macroeconomic prospects for all of Asian Development Bank's (ADB) 45 developing member countries (DMCs), referred to collectively as developing Asia, and provides insights into the current economic issues the region faces. Its content provides vital intelligence to policy makers in DMCs, ADB Management and shareholders, and researchers globally, and underpins ADB operational decisions. The ADO showcases ADB's knowledge and expertise about the region.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
ADB's Midterm Review of Strategy 2020 identified inclusive growth among the strategic priorities that will guide ADB's work through 2020. The ability to understand the key drivers of, and constraints on, economic growth is a critical element of inclusive growth. With its comprehensive analysis of evolving macroeconomic developments, the ADO plays an important role in fostering this understanding, a role recognized by the TA Strategic Forum in 2008. Under ADB's streamlined business processes, the ADO is one of the main references for the economic assessment and outlook section of country partnership strategies. In line with the 2015 staff guidelines to improve mainstreaming of inclusive growth into country partnership strategies, the ADO country chapters support the analysis of key obstacles to inclusive economic growth: (i) factors preventing productive employment generation, (ii) human development constraints, (iii) gender and other socioeconomic barriers, (iv) spatial and geographical limitations, (v) institutional and policy weaknesses, and (vi) factors preventing expansion of social protection programs.
DMCs are becoming more diverse in terms of economic strength, development needs and capacities. This is well-recognized in ADB's preparation for the long-term strategy leading to 2030. ADB notes that upper middle-income economies have emerged with higher living standards but still facing complex challenges; while lower middle-income Asia is rising but remains generally constrained by remaining poverty; growing inequality; climate change-related and environmental vulnerability and fragility; rapid urbanization; insufficient infrastructure; weak private sector development; skills, technology and productivity gaps; demographic change and youth unemployment; and weak governance and quality of institutions. The ADO theme chapters can contribute to the discussion of such important development challenges for a transforming Asia and the Pacific. Recent themes have included confronting rising inequality in Asia, improving weak governance and institutional capacity, safeguarding financial stability, addressing persistent gender disparities, invigorating Asia's potential growth, and climate change in Asia. ADO 2017 will tackle the challenges that confront middle-income economies in Asia, while ADO 2017 Update will shed light on public-private partnerships (PPPs).
|Impact||Understanding among ADB DMCs of current macroeconomic issues and important development challenges facing the Asia and Pacific region increased.|
|Description of Outcome||Reference to the ADO by the media, by economic researchers, both within ADB and beyond, and by DMC officials increased.|
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|Description of Project Outputs||
1. ADO 2017, ADO 2017 Update and ADO supplements published
2. Background papers published
3. ADO 2017, ADO 2017 Update, and ADO supplements disseminated
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)|
|Geographical Location||Afghanistan - Nation-wide; Armenia - Nation-wide; Azerbaijan - Nation-wide; Bangladesh - Nation-wide; Bhutan - Nation-wide; Brunei Darussalam - Nation-wide; Cambodia - Nation-wide; China - Nation-wide; Cook Islands - Nation-wide; Fiji - Nation-wide; Georgia - Nation-wide; Hong Kong, China - Nation-wide; India - Nation-wide; Indonesia - Nation-wide; Kazakhstan - Nation-wide; Kiribati - Nation-wide; Korea, Republic of - Nation-wide; Kyrgyz Republic - Nation-wide; Lao People's Democratic Republic - Nation-wide; Malaysia - Nation-wide; Maldives - Nation-wide; Marshall Islands - Nation-wide; Micronesia, Federated States of - Nation-wide; Mongolia - Nation-wide; Myanmar - Nation-wide; Nauru - Nation-wide; Nepal - Nation-wide; Pakistan - Nation-wide; Palau - Nation-wide; Papua New Guinea - Nation-wide; Philippines - Nation-wide; Samoa - Nation-wide; Singapore - Nation-wide; Solomon Islands - Nation-wide; Sri Lanka - Nation-wide; Taipei,China - Nation-wide; Tajikistan - Nation-wide; Thailand - Nation-wide; Timor-Leste - Nation-wide; Tonga - Nation-wide; Turkmenistan - Nation-wide; Tuvalu - Nation-wide; Uzbekistan - Nation-wide; Vanuatu - Nation-wide; Viet Nam - Nation-wide|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
|Consulting Services||The ADO will require international consultancy from economists who will prepare background papers and analyses supporting the theme chapters or topics related to the outlook. International economic advisory and editing consultants will be required for the economic and technical editing of ADO manuscripts before final publication. National economics consultants and research assistants will be required to assist with data management and to conduct research on issues related to macroeconomic development, growth, trade and investment, human capital development, and long-term employment generation in the Asia and Pacific region. National consultants will be needed to perform the desktop publishing and graphic design of the publication. Resource persons will be engaged for a maximum of 10 working days to conduct training on macroeconomics and economic forecasting and also serve as discussants during workshops.|
|Procurement||The TA subproject will finance procurement of information technology equipment and software, and information and knowledge services such as subscription to macroeconomic data providers as may be required to inform relevant up-to-date content.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Zveglich Jr., Joseph Ernest|
|Responsible ADB Department||Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||ERMR|
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
|Approval||05 Aug 2016|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||03 Aug 2016|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|05 Aug 2016||-||05 Aug 2016||31 Dec 2018||-||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|1,200,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||1,200,000.00||05 Aug 2016||1,108,658.03|
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|Tender Title||Type||Status||Posting Date||Deadline|
|Asian Development Outlook 2016-2018 - Asian Development Outlook 2017 (Subproject 2)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||21 Apr 2017||27 Apr 2017|
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