Regional: Deepening Civil Society Engagement for Development Effectiveness

Sovereign Project | 50364-001

Project Name Deepening Civil Society Engagement for Development Effectiveness
Project Number 50364-001
Country / Economy Regional
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 0026-REG: Deepening Civil Society Engagement for Development Effectiveness
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.40 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management / Public administration

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements

The TA cluster is aligned with the following impact: delivery of inclusive development services in selected DMCs improved (SDG 10). The TA cluster will have the following outcome: CSO participation in ADB operations strengthened.

Output 1: Capacity for effective civil society organization engagement in the design, implementation, and monitoring of ADB projects improved. The TA cluster will seek a DMC-based solution to enhance CSO engagement and identify areas for skills enhancement. A capacity gap assessment of skills and knowledge on CSO cooperation will lead to (i) development of a learning program to build the capacity of DMC officials and CSOs on effective engagement in key sectors such as climate change, disaster risk management, gender, water, urban services, energy, health, education, and social protection; and (ii) country-specific strategies, such as CSO engagement in fragile and conflict-affected situations. To improve the skills for enhanced CSO engagement of DMC project officials and CSOs, capacity building methods and outputs will include (i) classroom training and learning-by-doing (on-the-job training, mentoring, and cross-learning visits); (ii) networking and peer learning programs; and (iii) e-learning and blended-learning courses. The TA cluster will also support regional capacity building through workshops and the use of appropriate information and communication technology (ICT) platforms.

Output 2: Demonstration activities through effective civil society organization engagement conducted. TA cluster outputs will focus on ongoing and new ADB operations and country assistance strategies using gender-sensitive and inclusive approaches. New and proposed business processes and innovative engagement models for enhanced CSO engagement will be field tested in selected DMCs. The main activities include (i) collecting and sharing information, and supporting CSO participation in achieving the SDGs and, where applicable, Open Government Partnership national action plans and other institutional mechanisms for civil society government engagement; (ii) collecting and sharing information with ADB country teams and government agencies on major CSO-led development programs in the participating DMC; (iii) developing CSO country assessments and ADB CSO country cooperation action plans in country planning activities; (iv) incorporating knowledge and expertise of CSOs through the establishment of regional and national advisory committees; (v) integrating context-sensitive CSO engagement into the design of new loans and grants in the ADB project pipeline; (vi) supporting the implementation of planned CSO participation in ongoing ADB-financed projects through TA and capacity building; (vii) supporting ADB resident mission offices and project teams working with CSOs; (viii) demonstrating new engagement tools and processes with CSOs in ADB projects; (ix) identifying and implementing opportunities to leverage ADB CSO partnerships on ADB projects; (x) supporting the involvement of CSOs in the design, implementation, and monitoring of project activities and outputs; (xi) supporting CSO-participatory activities to enhance the delivery of services to poor, vulnerable, and marginalized communities; and (xii) creating CSO advisory committees (national and regional) to support TA knowledge generation and sharing. The advisory committees will facilitate discussions and provide recommendations to stimulate increased CSO engagement in ADB projects.

Output 3: Knowledge products about effective civil society organization engagement in ADB operations generated and shared. The TA cluster will capture and disseminate lessons and experiences of good practices involving CSO engagement in project planning, design, implementation, and monitoring, and highlight in-country and regional knowledge platforms. The knowledge products will demonstrate how CSO engagement enhances project quality and promotes inclusive development. Capacity building and field testing of new business processes will be undertaken under output 1, and enhanced CSO engagement models under output 2. Lessons from these activities may be developed into e-learning courses and blended learning programs to be used as part of a continuous capacity development program. Special attention would be devoted to CSO engagement to improve inclusion of specific marginalized and vulnerable groups in ADB operations. Practical grassroots CSO engagement participatory tools and techniques will be generated locally and lessons monitored and shared among local CSOs and project operational teams. The TA cluster will develop tangible knowledge products using ICT and other appropriate communication tools (e.g., printed materials may be used for knowledge dissemination where internet access to local communities is not available, or as appropriate to enhance the effectiveness of discussions, interactions, and dialogues). These knowledge products will be integrated into ADB country knowledge planning and use country knowledge platforms such as ADB's K-Learn learning platform to capture lessons, processes, and unique features of the enhanced CSO engagement.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The new development paradigm embedded in the SDGs, the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (COP21), and the Addis Ababa development financing framework reflects the emerging world view that civil society has an important role in development, and societal development challenges can be addressed only through a collaborative effort by government, civil society, the private sector, and official development assistance providers. The implication for ADB is that opportunities for supporting more and deeper collaboration with CSOs will increase as its DMCs pursue partnerships with CSOs in implementing the SDGs. ADB's current commitments and policies for supporting DMC collaboration with CSOs remain relevant and will be strengthened to deepen collaboration throughout ADB operations.

In early 2016, the NGO and Civil Society Center (NGOC) reviewed the current state of CSO engagement in ADB policies and operations, in view of the regional and global trends and the changing role of civil society in poverty reduction and sustainable development. In addition, lessons from TA for Civil Society Participation for Development Effectiveness concluded that deeper CSO participation will improve development outcomes and increase the inclusiveness of programs and projects, including by (i) increasing access to and the responsiveness of health, education, and social protection services; (ii) accessing and leveraging the effects of infrastructure investments; (iii) improving public sector governance and reducing corruption; (iv) helping implement sustainable natural resource management; and (v) improving economic inclusivity through interventions that target poverty. Also, the study recommended the following: (i) demonstration pilots should be supported to deepen CSO engagement in selected DMCs that have proactive CSO engagement policies and programs, (ii) sector and thematic groups should take the lead in developing partnerships with CSOs and support results-oriented CSO engagement in sector lending operations, (iii) country partnership strategies should integrate the new development paradigm on the role of CSOs, and (iv) a strategy for financing CSO engagement in ADB operations should be developed.

The TA cluster implemented through three subprojects will support DMCs' SDG commitments for more inclusive development and the fostering of partnerships with civil society and development partners to strengthen development effectiveness.

Impact Delivery of inclusive development services in selected DMCs improved (Sustainable Development Goal 10)
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome CSO participation in ADB operations strengthened
Progress Toward Outcome The cluster technical assistance comprises three subprojects. The first is ongoing, supporting civil society engagement in Mongolia, Georgia, and 3 Pacific countries, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, and Soloman Islands.The second subproject, which suports civil society engagement in South and Southeast Asia, was approved in September 2018. Activities in the Philippines have already commenced and work in South Asia will begin on 1 April 2019.The third subproject is planned in Q2 2019 and will build on achievements of the first two subprojects in achieving the cluster technical assistance's overall objectives.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Capacity for effective CSO engagement in the design, implementation, and monitoring of ADB projects improved

Demonstration activities through effective CSO engagement conducted

Knowledge products about effective CSO engagement in ADB operations generated and shared

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

The three subprojects will all contribute to the achievement of each output. The project data sheets of the respective subprojects provide more details.

Output 1: The project has developed online and face to face training modules for CSOs, government officials, and ADB staff on deepening CSO engagement ( The project has also supported multiple projects in Georgia and Mongolia on effective CSO engagement in the design, implementation, and monitoring of ADB projects.

Output 2: Demonstration projects with high levels of CSO engagement are ongoing in Mongolia and the Pacific and has commenced in the Philippines and is in the planning stage in South Asian countries.

Output 3: The project is supporting the design, publication and dissemination of a range of knowledge products supporting CSO engagement, including blogs, videos, and publications. Publication is expected in Q2 2019.

Geographical Location Regional
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The cluster TA was designed through an extensive consultation process that included civil society organizations, government officials and ADB staff. The consultations helped identify opportunities and strategies for deeper civil society engagement, which informed the project design.
During Project Implementation As the project's objective is deepening civil society engagement, all stakeholders are actively engaged during project implementation through the range of project activites.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

SDCC will select, supervise, and evaluate consultants, resource persons, research assistants, partner organizations, and advisory committees. It will organize workshops; attend seminars; and provide staff to support workshops, training events, and supervisory and subproject design missions. Advisory committees will be formed as needed to support subproject implementation. Additionally, because this TA cluster will demonstrate innovative ways for ADB to engage with CSOs, it will demonstrate new modalities that augment the usual consulting contract arrangements, as stated in the ADB procurement procedures.

Individual consultants will be recruited to support implementation of outputs 1 3 under the specific subprojects. An estimated 22 person-months of international consultant inputs (e.g., capacity building specialist and participatory engagement specialist) and 175 person-months of national consulting inputs (e.g., CSO engagement writers, researchers, CSO communications and training materials developer, participatory engagement specialists and project coordinator) are required to carry out activities under the TA cluster. Output-based and/or lumpsum contracts will be considered for all consulting services, but time-based contracts will be used as appropriate. The consultants will be engaged in accordance with ADB's Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and the associated project administration and/or staff instructions. The estimated cost and requisite fields of expertise are indicative and estimates will be finalized prior to the approval of each subproject.

Responsible ADB Officer Best, Marina Rose
Responsible ADB Department Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department
Responsible ADB Division NGO and Civil Society Center
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
Lainie Thomas
[email protected]
6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Concept Clearance 02 May 2017
Fact Finding -
Approval 27 Nov 2017
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 28 Mar 2019

TA 0026-REG

Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,400,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,400,000.00 - 0.00

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