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Regional: Strengthening Urban Infrastructure Investment Planning in the Pacific

Sovereign (Public) Project | 49460-001 Status: Active

The TA will provide assistance to Pacific DMCs on a demand-driven basis to better plan and prioritize urban investments that promote the development of inclusive, environmentally-sustainable and economically-competitive urban centers in line with ADB's Urban Operational Plan, 2012-2020. The TA will finance the development and/or updating of urban development strategies in target Pacific DMCs, as the basis for identifying priority urban sector investments. The TA will also leverage support from the Cities Development Initiative of Asia (CDIA) in those Pacific DMCs which already have urban investment plans in place, or National Infrastructure Investment Plans prepared with assistance from the Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility (PRIF). CDIA support will be used to prepare pre-feasibility studies for priority urban investments.

Project Details

Project Officer
Ikeda, Yuki Pacific Department Request for information
Country
  • Regional
Modality
  • Technical Assistance
Sector
  • Water and other urban infrastructure and services
 
Project Name Strengthening Urban Infrastructure Investment Planning in the Pacific
Project Number 49460-001
Country Regional
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9181-REG: Strengthening Urban Infrastructure Investment Planning in the Pacific
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 700,000.00
TA 9181-REG: Strengthening Urban Infrastructure Investment Planning in the Pacific (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 800,000.00
TA 9181-REG: Strengthening Urban Infrastructure Investment Planning in the Pacific (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.20 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Urban policy, institutional and capacity development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description

The TA will provide assistance to Pacific DMCs on a demand-driven basis to better plan and prioritize urban investments that promote the development of inclusive, environmentally-sustainable and economically-competitive urban centers in line with ADB's Urban Operational Plan, 2012-2020. The TA will finance the development and/or updating of urban development strategies in target Pacific DMCs, as the basis for identifying priority urban sector investments. The TA will also leverage support from the Cities Development Initiative of Asia (CDIA) in those Pacific DMCs which already have urban investment plans in place, or National Infrastructure Investment Plans prepared with assistance from the Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility (PRIF). CDIA support will be used to prepare pre-feasibility studies for priority urban investments.

The TA will also finance outreach activities in Pacific DMCs to link countries to CDIA. Pre-feasibility studies can then be used to potentially secure follow-on PPTA assistance. The TA will support peer-to-peer capacity development of Pacific DMC urban managers through a regional urban twinning program, which will link recipient local councils with high performing local councils in the Asia-Pacific region.

Finally, the TA will finance regional knowledge-sharing events, or side events at regional conferences such as the Pacific Commonwealth Local Government Forum or Pacific Urban Forum, to disseminate good practices and lessons learned through the implementation of the TA.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Pacific region is rapidly urbanizing, with 20% of the population now living in urban areas. In the region's smallest countries like Cook Islands, Marshall Islands, Nauru, and Palau, at least three out of every four residents are already urban dwellers. The Pacific's most populous countries, including Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Timor-Leste have the highest urbanization rates. Urban growth in the majority of Pacific DMCs has been taking place in a largely unplanned manner, resulting in inadequate urban infrastructure services, a shortage of affordable serviced land and housing, growing informal settlements, degradation of the surrounding environment, and increased exposure and vulnerability to natural hazard and climate change risks.

In Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, and Vanuatu, the bulk of urban growth is taking place in informal settlements, particularly in peri-urban areas located on customary land, outside of town boundaries, and in risk hazard zones such as flood-prone areas and steep slopes. In tourism-dependent economies such as Cook Islands, Fiji, and Palau, the lack of adequate urban infrastructure to manage growing volumes of solid and liquid wastes is contributing to the degradation of the surrounding natural environment. Small low-lying atoll countries including Kiribati, Marshall Islands, and Tuvalu face extreme risks from high tides/storm surge, drought and sea-level rise. These risks are compounded by rapid population growth and overcrowding in Majuro and Tarawa, limited coverage and poor quality of basic urban services, and rising poverty levels.

The limited capacity to plan, manage and coordinate urban development, inadequate revenue streams to finance urban investments and service delivery, and poor accountability for the quality of urban services delivery contribute to the challenge of promoting more sustainable urban development in Pacific DMCs.

Impact Inclusive and environmentally sustainable growth in Pacific cities and towns
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Investments to support more sustainable urban development are better planned
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Urban development strategies approved and adopted by the target DMC governments

Capacity development and institutional strengthening for urban planning and project development delivered

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) The TA is supporting urban development strategy development in PDMCs. In Solomon Islands, the Government approved the TA-supported Greater Honiara Urban Development Strategy and Action Plan in September 2018. In Palau, the TA is supporting the Government prepare the Koror-Babeldaob Island Urban Development Strategy and Action Plan. The TA is also supporting government officials participate in a range of capacity development activities, including attendance at urban conferences in the region. Additional support is provided to ensure plans are risk-informed and incorporate climate change and disaster risk.
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 In preparing the Greater Honiara Urban Development Strategy and Action Plan, the Solomon Island Government conducted extensive stakeholder consultations. Working groups were established each group provided inputs into the development of the strategy and action. In preparing the Koror-Babeldaob Island Urban Development Strategy and Action Plan, the Government of the Republic of Palau is considering the most appropriate way of engaging stakeholders into the development of the strategy and action plan.
Responsible ADB Officer Ikeda, Yuki
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division PAUW
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 18 Mar 2016
Fact Finding 14 Jun 2016 to 15 Jul 2016
MRM -
Approval 29 Sep 2016
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 24 Sep 2019

TA 9181-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
29 Sep 2016 - 29 Sep 2016 31 Aug 2019 28 Sep 2021 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
2,700,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,700,000.00 29 Sep 2016 687,497.70

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Economic and Financial Analysis and Financial Management Assessment: ESWMP, EWSSP-A Individual - Consulting Closed 16 May 2020 22 May 2020
Water Supply, Sanitation and Solid Waste Management Institutional and Technical Advisor Individual - Consulting Closed 16 Jan 2020 22 Jan 2020
Solid Waste Management Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 20 Dec 2019 05 Jan 2020
Municipal Sewerage Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 20 Dec 2019 05 Jan 2020
Municipal Water Supply Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 20 Dec 2019 05 Jan 2020
Resettlement Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 20 Dec 2019 05 Jan 2020
Spatial Planning and GIS Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Jun 2018 27 Jun 2018

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor Contractor Address Executing Agency Contract Description Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
Policy and Advisory Technical Assistance 9181 11 Jan 2017 Otak, Inc. (United States) in Association with Fraser Thomas Partners Ltd. (New Zealand) 808 Sw Third Avenue, Suite 300 Portland, Oregon (Or) 97204 United States Asian Development Bank 455,127.00

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