Regional : Strengthening Capacity to Design and Implement Water and Rural Infrastructure Facility
The transaction technical assistance (TA) facility provides project preparation support and capacity building, strengthens due diligence, and increases project readiness to a series of ensuing projects identified in the country operations business plans for Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
Gore, Lance W.
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- Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
|Project Name||Strengthening Capacity to Design and Implement Water and Rural Infrastructure Facility|
|Country / Economy||Regional
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Agricultural production - Irrigation - Rural flood protection - Rural market infrastructure - Water-based natural resources management
Transport / Road transport (non-urban)
Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Urban sanitation
|Gender||Some gender elements|
|Description||The transaction technical assistance (TA) facility provides project preparation support and capacity building, strengthens due diligence, and increases project readiness to a series of ensuing projects identified in the country operations business plans for Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. The TA supports (i) BAN: Climate and Disaster Resilient Small-Scale Water Resources Management Project; (ii) BAN: Climate Resilient Livelihood Improvement and Watershed Management in Chattogram Hill Tracts Sector Project; (iii) BAN: Crop Commercialization and Productivity Improvement Project (CCPIP); (iv) BAN: Flood and Riverbank Erosion Risk Management Investment Program Tranche 2; (v) BAN: Irrigation Management Improvement Project Additional Financing; (vi) BAN: Rural Connectivity Improvement Project Second Additional Financing; (vii) BAN: Rural Connectivity Improvement Project and Additional Financing; (viii) BAN: Southwest Area Integrated Water Resources Planning and Management Project Additional Financing; (ix) BHU: Bhutan Integrated Irrigated Agriculture Development Project; (x) BHU: Phuentsholing Township Development Project Additional Financing; (xi) NEP: Bagmati River Basin Improvement Project Additional Financing; (xii) NEP: Climate Resilient Community-Managed Irrigation Project; (xiii) NEP: Climate Resilient Landscapes and Livelihoods; (xiv) NEP: Food Safety and Agriculture Commercialization Program; (xv) NEP: Mechanized Irrigation Innovation Project; (xvi) NEP: Nagmati Dam Development Project; (xvii) NEP: Nuts and Fruits in Hilly Areas Project; (xviii) NEP: Priority River Basins Flood Risk Management Project; (xix) NEP: Rural Connectivity Improvement Project; (xx) NEP: Rural Connectivity Improvement Project Additional Financing Program Tranche 3; (xxi) SRI: Integrated Water Productivity Improvement Project; (xxii) SRI: Mahaweli Water Security Investment; (xxiii) SRI: Mahaweli Water Security Investment Program Tranche 2. These projects are all in the rural sector and require similar due diligences. The TA reduces transaction costs through minimizing the need for stand-alone transaction TAs. The TA also provides capacity building support to ongoing projects. On 20 October 2022, ADB approved a minor change in the scope of the TA facility to include knowledge and support activities for up to 30% of the TA facility amount. This allows mobilization of consultants to support with research, policy advice, knowledge sharing, pipeline development, and inputs to project concept preparation.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||South Asia''s rural agriculture and natural resources portfolio performance needs to be improved, with challenges throughout the project cycle leading to underperforming projects. Lack of project readiness to meet ADB requirements governing procurement, selection of consultants, safeguards including resettlement and land acquisition, and other thematic areas (governance and gender) has led to significant implementation delays. Furthermore, weak project implementation and management capacity of executing and implementing agencies has been a continuous challenge for improved portfolio performance. The TA is in-line with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) midterm review (MTR) of Strategy 2020 which emphasizes the need for strengthening the capacity of executing and implementing agencies for effective project implementation to achieve inclusive and sustainable development as well as ensuring ADB delivers value for money. The TA will bridge capability gaps and enable the application of best practices to ADB-funded projects.|
|Description of Outcome|
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|Description of Project Outputs|
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)|
|Geographical Location||Bangladesh - Nation-wide; Bhutan - Nation-wide; Nepal - Nation-wide; Sri Lanka - Nation-wide|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
|Consulting Services||Consultants are recruited using individual consultant selection method based on the requirements of each project and deployed based on each projects needs. The TA mainly requires expertise in agriculture, agribusiness, climate change, economics, environment, financial management, gender, irrigation and water resources, procurement, rural infrastructure, safeguards, social development.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Gore, Lance W.|
|Responsible ADB Department||Sectors Group|
|Responsible ADB Division||Agriculture, Food, Nature, and Rural Development Sector Office (SG-AFNR)|
Asian Development Bank
|Approval||01 Dec 2017|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||06 Dec 2022|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|01 Dec 2017||-||01 Dec 2017||30 Jun 2020||30 Nov 2024||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|2,500,000.00||500,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||3,000,000.00||09 Sep 2023||2,620,150.00|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Strengthening Capacity to Design and Implement Water and Rural Infrastructure Facility: Technical Assistance Report||Technical Assistance Reports||Oct 2017|
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