Regional : Strategies for Financing Social Protection to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals in Developing Member Countries

Sovereign Project | 50375-001

The lack of strategic action plans which reviews viable and sustainable sources of financing for social protection programs to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in DMCs has impeded the prioritization and expansion of social protection programs to reach the vulnerable and often very poor population groups. In view of this, the TA primarily intends to (i) identify scope for the sustainable financing of additional spending on social protection; and (ii) build the capacity of selected DMCs in creating strategic plan to finance social protection programs to achieve SDGs targets on social protection, including contributing to policy and programs development of social protection in DMCs; and (iii) identify potential investment opportunities and sources of funding that they can tap. In addition, the TA will generate a body of knowledge that will be of wide interest to policymakers, program practitioners and researchers on financing social protection in Asia and the Pacific.

Project Details

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    Ivaschenko, Oleksiy
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  • Country/Economy
    Regional
  • Sector
    • Public sector management
Project Name Strategies for Financing Social Protection to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals in Developing Member Countries
Project Number 50375-001
Country / Economy Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9341-REG: Strategies for Financing Social Protection to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals in DMCs
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
TA 9341-REG: Strategies for Financing Social Protection to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals in Developing Member Countries (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management /

Gender Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The lack of strategic action plans which reviews viable and sustainable sources of financing for social protection programs to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in DMCs has impeded the prioritization and expansion of social protection programs to reach the vulnerable and often very poor population groups. In view of this, the TA primarily intends to (i) identify scope for the sustainable financing of additional spending on social protection; and (ii) build the capacity of selected DMCs in creating strategic plan to finance social protection programs to achieve SDGs targets on social protection, including contributing to policy and programs development of social protection in DMCs; and (iii) identify potential investment opportunities and sources of funding that they can tap. In addition, the TA will generate a body of knowledge that will be of wide interest to policymakers, program practitioners and researchers on financing social protection in Asia and the Pacific.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The SDGs emphasized the importance of social protection investments to ensure that no one is left behind in the fight against poverty. Social protection has a prominent place as an instrument for poverty reduction strategies and is one of the key pillars of ADB Strategy 2020. Out of the 17 SDGs and out of 169 targets, 11 goals and 28 targets can be related to social protection. It is obvious that achieving the goals and reaching the social protection agenda of the SDGs require concrete policy changes. In turn, substantial social protection policy changes generally require concrete budgetary investment which require mobilization of new or the reallocation of old financial resources.

Financing social protection programs remains a major challenge in ADB's developing member countries (DMCs), particularly in low and middle income countries. Recent expenditure data of the ADB Social Protection Indicator (SPI 2016) have shown that DMCs spent on average less than 2% of gross domestic product (GDP) for social protection programs, which include contributory, non-contributory social protection and active labor market programs. Initial estimates in a parallel study being supported by ADB on financing social protection also reveals the huge financing gaps on social protection to meet the SDGs in Asia. In order to meet the basic minimum of social protection floor, DMCs have to increase their budget requirement on average of 5% GDP for low income countries and about 2% GDP for middle income countries to meet the SDGs target.

Impact

Investments on social protection programs in developing member countries (DMCs) to achieve SDGs 1, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 increased

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Capacity to assess and access financing options to expand social protection programs in DMC ministries working on social protection increased

Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Financial analyses of the current social protection programs in three selected DMCs prepared

Strategic frameworks to finance the expansion of sustainable social protection programs recommended to governments

Training programs and policy dialogues delivered

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

Output 1: Financial analyses of the current social protection programs in

selected developing member countries prepared.

Three country reports in Indonesia, Myanmar, and Timor-Leste which map the existing

social protection schemes, and economic, fiscal, and labor market models have been

completed and shared with the governments. For Azerbaijan, support has been

provided in the development of a framework for third party validation of beneficiaries

of the targeted social assistance program, and in the development of innovative youth

employment approaches.

Output 2: Strategic frameworks to finance the expansion of sustainable social

protection programs recommended to governments.

The strategic framework to finance the expansion of sustainable social protection

programs has been presented to the government in Timor-Leste; those for Indonesia

and Myanmar were presented at the 2019 APSP Week.

Output 3: Training programs and policy dialogues delivered.

National workshops in three selected DMCs (Indonesia, Myanmar, and Timor-Leste)

have been completed between February and March 2018. The publication, Asia's

Fiscal Challenge: Financing the Social Protection Agenda of the Sustainable

Development Goals was released in October 2018. A regional workshop on strategies

for financing the social protection agenda of the SDGs was jointly organized with ADB

Institute on 1718 May 2018 in Japan. 2019 APSP Week was held on 912 September

2019 in Manila, Philippines. Cross-country training on Public Finance for Social

Protection Analysts was conducted on 718 October 2019 in Turin, Italy by the

International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITCILO). The

E-Learning Course on Social Budgeting for Cambodia and Thailand was organized on

5 October18 December 2020, in collaboration with the International Labour

Organization, ITCILO, and Joint SDG Fund. A similar training was organized for

Indonesia on 15 March6 May 2022.

Output 4: Capacity to expand social protection programs in developing member

countries improved.

Under this output, the TA provided funding assistance to specific DMC initiatives aimed

at developing cost estimates and financing frameworks for expanding their social

protection programs. To date, six initiatives have been supported.

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
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services ADB will hire individual consultants and/or resource persons directly or through a firm in accordance with the ADB Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time)
Procurement not applicable
Responsible ADB Officer Ivaschenko, Oleksiy
Responsible ADB Department Sectors Group
Responsible ADB Division Human and Social Development Sector Office (SG-HSD)
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
Timetable
Concept Clearance 24 May 2017
Fact Finding 05 Jun 2017 to 16 Jun 2017
MRM -
Approval 12 Jul 2017
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 05 Sep 2022

TA 9341-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
12 Jul 2017 - 12 Jul 2017 30 Sep 2019 14 Oct 2023 29 Feb 2024
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,500,000.00 07 Mar 2024 1,389,226.32

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Strategies for Financing Social Protection to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals in Developing Member Countries - [INO] Long-term care financing specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Strategies for Financing Social Protection to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals in Developing Member Countries - [MON] Long-term care financing specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Strategies for Financing Social Protection to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals in Developing Member Countries - LTC Financing Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Strategies for Financing Social Protection to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals in Developing Member Countries - Research and Workshop Associate Individual - Consulting Closed
International financial markets specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Strategies for Financing Social Protection to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals in Developing Member Countries - Social Protection Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
International age-friendly city development specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
International economist Individual - Consulting Closed
Strategies for Financing Social Protection to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals in Developing Member Countries - Social Protection System Specialist (International) Individual - Consulting Closed
Strategies for Financing Social Protection to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals in Developing Member Countries - Social Protection System Specialist (National) Individual - Consulting Closed
CBT and Social Inclusiveness Specialist (National) Individual - Consulting Closed
Social Protection Monitoring & Evaluation Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Social Protection Index Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Occupational Standards and CBT Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Strategies for Financing SP to Achieve SDGs in DMCs - International Labor Market and Employment Consultant Individual - Consulting Closed
Strategies for Financing SP to Achieve SDGs in DMCs - National labor market and employment consultant Individual - Consulting Closed
Strategies for Financing SP to Achieve SDGs in DMCs - International social protection specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Strategies for Financing SP to Achieve SDGs in DMCs - National social protection specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Strategies for Financing SP to Achieve SDGs - Voluntary Resignation and Early Retirement Program Development Specialist (UZB) Individual - Consulting Closed
RP for National Workshops in MYA and Regional Workshop in Japan Individual - Consulting Closed
Social Protection Officer (INO) Individual - Consulting Closed
Social Protection Officer (TIM) Individual - Consulting Closed
Social Protection Officer (MYA) Individual - Consulting Closed
Team Leader and Actuarial Economist Individual - Consulting Closed
Social Protection Specialists (INO) Individual - Consulting Closed
Social Protection Specialists (MYA) Individual - Consulting Closed
Social Protection Specialists (TIM) Individual - Consulting Closed

Contracts Awarded

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