Cook Islands : Disaster Resilience Program (Phase 2)

Sovereign Project | 50212-003

This is a sub-loan under the Disaster Resilience Program (Phase 2) approved in November 2019 for Cook Islands to help manage the fiscal risk arising from disasters triggered by all types of natural hazards. The program provides rapid access to resources to enable the government to initiate disaster response and early recovery efforts with minimal delay, mitigating a disaster's immediate economic and social impact. The program is consistent with the objectives of the ADB Pacific Approach, 20162020, which serves as ADB's operational framework for the Pacific region and as the overall country partnership strategy for the 11 smaller Pacific DMCs, including the Cook Islands. The program is also in line with ADBs Strategy 2030, which specifically mentions strengthening ADB's developing member countries financial preparedness for disaster response through policy-based contingent financing.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Uusimaa, Hanna K.
    Pacific Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Cook Islands
  • Sector
    • Public sector management
Project Name
Disaster Resilience Program (Phase 2)
Project Number
50212-003
Country / Economy
  • Cook Islands
Project Status
Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 3933-COO: Disaster Resilience Program (Phase 2)
Source Amount
Ordinary capital resources US$ 10.00 million
Operational Priorities
  • OP1: Addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities
  • OP2: Accelerating progress in gender equality
  • OP3: Tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability
  • OP6: Strengthening governance and institutional capacity
  • OP7: Fostering regional cooperation and integration
Sector / Subsector
  • Public sector management / Public expenditure and fiscal management

Gender
Effective gender mainstreaming
Description
This is a sub-loan under the Disaster Resilience Program (Phase 2) approved in November 2019 for Cook Islands to help manage the fiscal risk arising from disasters triggered by all types of natural hazards. The program provides rapid access to resources to enable the government to initiate disaster response and early recovery efforts with minimal delay, mitigating a disaster's immediate economic and social impact. The program is consistent with the objectives of the ADB Pacific Approach, 20162020, which serves as ADB's operational framework for the Pacific region and as the overall country partnership strategy for the 11 smaller Pacific DMCs, including the Cook Islands. The program is also in line with ADBs Strategy 2030, which specifically mentions strengthening ADB's developing member countries financial preparedness for disaster response through policy-based contingent financing. Following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in 2020, the scope of the program expanded to include health related emergencies as part of ADB's overall response to manage COVID-19 impacts, which the sub-loan supported.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The government has taken important steps to improve the country's resilience to disaster risks. The current National Sustainable Development Plan 2016-2020 provides the overarching framework for DRM strategy in the Cook Islands, and seeks to integrate disaster and climate resilience into development processes. National Development Goal 13 is to achieve strengthened resilience to combat the impacts of climate change and disasters, particularly in relation to community resilience, access to designated cyclone shelters, and the construction of public buildings and infrastructure built to cyclone-strength standards. The National Disaster Risk Management Act 2007 provides the legal framework for declaring a disaster and an emergency.

The government has identified priority activities to close DRM gaps, including reviewing the DRM legislation to reflect current and anticipated DRM needs and clarifying roles and responsibilities during emergencies; strengthening coordination; clarifying land use policy framework; streamlining the various DRM-related plans and strategies; and increasing transparency and dissemination of information to stakeholders. The proposed program will support priorities linked to these actions.

Impact

Resilience to combat the impacts of climate change and natural disasters strengthened

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome

Disaster resilience of institutions and communities strengthened

Progress Toward Outcome

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs

Policy and institutional arrangements for DRM strengthened

Resilience of physical assets to disaster and climate risks improved

Disaster risk financing expanded

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location
Nation-wide

Safeguard Categories

Environment
C
Involuntary Resettlement
C
Indigenous Peoples
C

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation

During Project Design
During Project Implementation

Contact

Responsible ADB Officer
Uusimaa, Hanna K.
Responsible ADB Department
Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division
Social Sectors and Public Sector Management Division
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance & Economic Management

Timetable

Concept Clearance
03 Oct 2019
Fact Finding
-
MRM
-
Approval
03 Dec 2019
Last Review Mission
-
Last PDS Update
09 Sep 2021

Funding

Loan 3933-COO

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
20 Apr 2020 02 Jun 2020 03 Jun 2020 03 Sep 2023 - 17 Aug 2020
Financing Plan
  Total (Amount in US$ million)
Project Cost 10.00
ADB 10.00
Counterpart 0.00
Cofinancing 0.00
Loan Utilization
  Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards 17 Jun 2022 10.07 0.00 100%
Cumulative Disbursements 17 Jun 2022 10.07 0.00 100%

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Title Document Type Document Date
Disaster Resilience Program (Phase 1 and 2): Completion Report Project/Program Completion Reports Sep 2021
Contingent Disaster Financing Facility Sub-Loan Agreement for Loan Facility 001-COO: Disaster Resilience Program (Phase 2) Loan Agreement (Ordinary Resources) Jun 2020
Disaster Resilience Program (Phase 2): Report and Recommendation of the President Reports and Recommendations of the President Nov 2019

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards
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