The proposed technical assistance (TA) will build the capacity of Pacific Developing Member Countries (PDMCs) to promote and manage their sustainable economic development. The TA will finance a fellows program for mid-level staff in executing and implementing agencies from PDMCs to support mutual learning and knowledge sharing, and contribute to effective project design and implementation. The fellows will gain professional work experience in ADB opertaions as well as contribute to ADB operations by applying their skills and insights from a local and/or DMC perspective.
|Project Name||Pacific Fellows Program|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Public sector management / Public administration
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Effective gender mainstreaming|
|Description||The proposed technical assistance (TA) will build the capacity of Pacific Developing Member Countries (PDMCs) to promote and manage their sustainable economic development. The TA will finance a fellows program for mid-level staff in executing and implementing agencies from PDMCs to support mutual learning and knowledge sharing, and contribute to effective project design and implementation. The fellows will gain professional work experience in ADB opertaions as well as contribute to ADB operations by applying their skills and insights from a local and/or DMC perspective.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
PDMCs face a unique development context due to their small size, remoteness, internal dispersion, vulnerability to economic shocks, climate change and natural disasters, as well as complex traditional institutional structures. Among other things, this context contributes to: (i) low institutional capacity; (ii) high aid dependence; and (iii) a strong need to tailor development approaches to the local context.
Many PDMCs are heavily reliant on ADB project financing in a number of areas, notably infrastructure, as well as technical assistance in areas such as public sector management and private sector development. Thinly stretched public administrations offer limited opportunities to build PDMC staff capacity. Heavy aid dependence means it is critical that PDMCs are able to effectively manage and engage with their major development partners, notably ADB. However, many PDMC officials have a limited understanding of ADB policies, practices, and role as a multilateral development bank. It is important for PDMCs to learn from development experiences elsewhere, including within the Pacific subregion itself and also in Asia. Further, it is essential that ADB operations are highly responsive to the unique development context of the PDMCs and incorporate relevant local knowledge and insights as much as possible.
The fellows program is expected to help strengthen infrastructure development, public sector management, and private sector development, all of which are key strategic priorities for all PDMC governments and aligned with ADB country assistance strategies for the PDMCs, including those for Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, and Fiji as well as under the Pacific Approach 2016-2020 which serves as the operational framework of ADB for the Pacific region and the overall country partnership strategy for the 11 smaller Pacific Island Countries the Cook Islands, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.
(i) Costs reduced: improving the availability, affordability and reliability of energy, information communication technology, and transport infrastructure.
(ii) Risks managed: greater resilience to external economic and financial shocks, climate change, and natural disasters.
(iii) Value creation enabled: better environment for private sector development, productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity, and innovation.
|Description of Outcome||The outcome will be improved PDMC capacity to promote and manage sustainable economic development. This will be measured through survey questionnaires of relevant staff in participating organizations and ADB. This will assess the extent to which respondents report improved individual and organizational capacity in the relevant field and enhanced capacity to work effectively with ADB as a key development partner. By the end of the TA, participating organizations should report a notable improvement in these areas.|
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|Description of Project Outputs||
PDMC staff capacity improved, with gender balanced participation
PDMC capacity to work effectively with ADB enhanced
Greater integration of DMC knowledge into ADB operations
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||Project manager and strategic advisor were recruited and they joined the project team in February 2018. The first group of fellows was identified and invitation letters were sent to the sending organizations.|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||PDMC governments, Pacific Country teams, various ADB departments in headquarter & in regional resident missions.|
|During Project Implementation||PDMC governments, Pacific Country teams, various ADB departments in headquarter & in regional resident missions.|
|Consulting Services||Two international consultants will be recruited for this TA. The positions include a strategic Advisor (international, 3 person-months intermittent) and a Program Manager (national, 26 person-months continuous).|
|Procurement||The TA will require shopping of IT equipment.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Ikeda, Yuki|
|Responsible ADB Department||Pacific Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Urban, Social Development & Public Management Division, PARD|
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
|Concept Clearance||09 Nov 2016|
|Approval||30 Aug 2017|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||21 Mar 2018|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|30 Aug 2017||-||30 Aug 2017||31 Dec 2019||-||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|900,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||900,000.00||30 Aug 2017||2,071.54|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Pacific Fellows Program: Technical Assistance Report||Technical Assistance Reports||Aug 2017|
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