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Regional: Supporting Policy Research and Knowledge Exchange

Sovereign (Public) Project | 51303-001 Status: Active

Project Details

Project Officer
Hagiwara, Akiko East Asia Department Request for information
  • Regional
  • Public sector management
Project Name Supporting Policy Research and Knowledge Exchange
Project Number 51303-001
Country Regional
China, People's Republic of
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9468-REG: Supporting Policy Research and Knowledge Exchange
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
TA 9468-REG: Supporting Policy Research and Knowledge Exchange (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 250,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Agricultural policy, institutional and capacity development

Education / Education sector development

Energy / Energy sector development and institutional reform

Finance / Infrastructure finance and investment funds

Public sector management / Public administration - Social protection initiatives

Transport / Transport policies and institutional development

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

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact Effective economic policies, investments decisions, and project design in ADB's DMCs increased.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Quality of policy advisory and coordination in People's Republic of China and Mongolia improved.
Progress Toward Outcome The TA has supported activities that enable the collaborative work between ADB and the governments of PRC and Mongolia in discussing strategic policy issues including the review of national development plans, and the poverty impact of investment projects.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Strategic high quality policy studies and publications on key emerging development issues

Awareness on the findings of policy studies enhanced and disseminated

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

Since its approval, the TA has supported strategic activities prioritized by the governments. It has supported the conduct of workshops and studies that touch on important policy issues. These include:

(i) Inception Workshop of the Mid-term Review of the 13th Five-Year Plan and the Initial Research of the 14th Five-Year Plan, 17 January 2018, Manila Philippines and Beijing PRC. The workshop kicked off the 18 month flagship research program focusing on people-centered urbanization, demographic transition, and ecological civilization. The discussions formed part of the inputs for the research to support the mid-term review of the 13th FYP, and the planning for the 14th FYP of PRC. Papers were presented in a high-level roundtable on the 13th and 14th FYP in November 2018. Ten of these papers were processed and published as knowledge products in 2019 and 2020.

(ii) ADB-PRC Partnership History Study. The TA supported the research and consultation workshop for the ADB-PRC Partnership History Study. At the request of PRCs Ministry of Finance, ADB supported the preparation of the ADB-PRC Partnership History Study to commemorate 30 years of PRC-ADB partnership. The TA supported the ADB-MOF co-sponsored consultation workshop with key government officials involved in various stages of PRC-ADB partnership to discuss the impact of such partnership on PRC's development program. The discussions were used as inputs to the study. Inputs to the discussions were included in the book "A Partnership Transformed", which details 30 years of cooperation between ADB and the PRC. This was launched on 5 November 2018 with Vice President Groff and Vice Minister Zou leading the event that was participated in by around 30 key government officials, book contributors, and media.

(iii) Mongolia Household Survey on Middle Class Strata and Financial Situation. November 2018. The TA supported the Bank of Mongolia's survey which evaluated the financial wellbeing of households to better understand the financial situation in households and individuals with respect to different income levels, location, sectors, employment status as well as what type of loan that they are currently under. The survey also looked into the indebtedness of the households, which is coming to be the critical point of financial stability, and contributes significantly to the sustainability of economic growth. The survey results were included in a publication by the Bank of Mongolia.

(iv) Workshop on Developing Healthy and Age Friendly Cities in the Peoples Republic of China: From Planning to Practice. 21-22 November 2018. Shanghai, PRC. The TA supported the workshop which provided a framework for urban, social, and health sectors to help shape the future of Chinese cities. Co-hosted by Tongji University's Urban Knowledge Hub for the PRC, EARD, and SDTG, the workshop presented global and local innovative solutions that enable cities to ensure livability and address health challenges.

(v) New Towns and Districts Case Study for the Peoples Republic of China. December 2018. The TA supported the publication of the book, which provides a historic and international perspective on the topic and includes three case studies from the PRC. The New-Type Urbanization Plan (20142020) and slower economic growth have brought about paradigm shift toward a more socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable economic and urban development model, which will influence the next generation of new towns and new districts in the PRC. This is a joint publication of ADB and College of Architecture and Urban Planning of Tongji University as part of their cooperation on the Regional Knowledge Hub for Sustainable Urban Development in the People's Republic of China (PRC). Included are the results of the Hub's fourth annual SouthSouth Knowledge Sharing Seminar held in November 2013.

(vi) 14th FYP Paper on Fiscal Reform. The TA supported the analytical and policy support for the fiscal and financial management aspects of the PRCs New urbanization Strategy. The Government of the PRC requested ADB to undertake a research program to support NDRC with the preparation of the 14th Five year Plan. The TA supported the preparation of a strategy paper on the fiscal and financial management challenges and opportunities that municipal governments face in the implementation of the new urbanization strategy. The paper was presented at a high-level conference in Beijing in November 2018 and will serve as an input into a deeper study that ADB will deliver to support the preparation of the 14th FYP. A knowledge product is currently being worked on following findings from this paper.

(vii) Women initiative on Green Economy International Forum in Mongolia. 6-7 September 2019, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The TA supported the event which was co-organized with the Women Entrepreneurs Council (WEC) at the Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Women Entrepreneur Mentors Club (WEMC). The forum discussed sustainable green economy, and how to enhance cooperation within women entrepreneurs and international communities on improving livelihood and social equity. The conference also discussed opportunities that green growth provides and share knowledge and experiences, including from ADB projects in greening the economy. A blog is currently being worked on following the findings from this forum.

(viii) 2019 China Poverty Reduction International Forum. The TA supported the participation of a presenter to the China Poverty Reduction International Forum co-organized by the China Internet Information Center (CIIC), the International Poverty Reduction Center in China (IPRCC), the World Bank, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, World Food Programme (WFP. The presenter spoke on poverty reduction in the PRC and domestic consumption and inequality in the PRC.

(ix) The TA supported one national consultant to support analytical work on economic policy issues and to prepare policy notes and studies. A policy brief on private sector participation in environmental protection in the PRC is now being prepared.

(x) ADB-PRC Poverty Study. The TA is currently supporting a study that looks into the poverty impact of selected ADB projects in PRC in the past 30 years. Scholars and researchers have been engaged to begin the preparations of the study. A meeting with PRC experts on poverty reduction was also held in Beijing, PRC in April 2018.

(xi) The TA supported the production of EARD knowledge product by engaging a manuscript editor for various knowledge products for publishing by EARD, including those on: decentralization, primary healthcare in Mongolia, labor market conditions for healthcare and eldercare workers, hospital services in Mongolia, COVID-19 impact on MSMEs, Equal Labor force partiicpation in Mongolia, and future livable cities.

(xii) The TA also supported the production of working papers on poverty reduction in the PRC and supported manuscript editing of 8 working papers on fiscal policy, rural development, elderly care, early childhood development, and cases on Guangdong, Hunan, and Yunnan provinces of the PRC.

The TA will continue to support activities in PRC and MON on issues identified as priorities of the governments.

Geographical Location China - Nation-wide; Mongolia - Nation-wide
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation Regular communication with the Ministry of Finance for PRC and MON, as well as NDRC, and relevant government agencies, academic institutions, and experts are undertaken in the implementation of the activities.
Responsible ADB Officer Hagiwara, Akiko
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Office of the Director General, EARD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Concept Clearance 06 Nov 2017
Fact Finding 11 Sep 2017 to 13 Sep 2017
Approval 15 Dec 2017
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 29 Mar 2021

TA 9468-REG

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
15 Dec 2017 - 15 Dec 2017 31 Dec 2022 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
750,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 750,000.00 15 Dec 2017 427,542.10

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Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
ADB Poverty Reduction Case Studies (Writer) Individual - Consulting Closed 09 May 2019 15 May 2019
Supporting Policy Research and Knowledge Exchange: Research Analyst Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Mar 2019 27 Mar 2019
Economist for the ADB-PRC Poverty Reduction Study Individual - Consulting Closed 13 Jul 2018 19 Jul 2018
Supporting Policy Research and Knowledge Exchange - Economist for the ADB PRC Poverty Reduction Study Individual - Consulting Closed 29 Jun 2018 05 Jul 2018
Supporting Policy Research and Knowledge Exchange - GIS Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 09 May 2018 15 May 2018
Public Financial Management / Fiscal Decentralization Individual - Consulting Closed 19 Apr 2018 25 Apr 2018
Supporting Policy Research and Knowledge Exchange Individual - Consulting Closed 16 Mar 2018 29 Mar 2018
PRC ADB Partnership History Study: Research Assistant (China) Individual - Consulting Closed 19 Jan 2018 25 Jan 2018
Research Analyst Individual - Consulting Closed 18 Jan 2018 24 Jan 2018
Country Economist for the PRC ADB Partnership History Study Individual - Consulting Closed 12 Jan 2018 18 Jan 2018
Principal Writer for the PRC ADB History Study Individual - Consulting Closed 12 Jan 2018 18 Jan 2018
Researcher for the ADB-PRC Partnership History Study Individual - Consulting Closed 08 Jan 2018 14 Jan 2018
Coordinator for the ADB-PRC Partnership History Study Individual - Consulting Closed 08 Jan 2018 14 Jan 2018

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