51397-001: Enhancing the Use of Multiple Data Resources to Monitor Progress Towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) | Asian Development Bank

Mongolia: Enhancing the Use of Multiple Data Resources to Monitor Progress Towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Sovereign (Public) Project | 51397-001 Status: Active

The Government of Mongolia requested knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to support the National Statistics Office (NSO) to

improve Mongolia's capacity to measure Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicators. The TA is included in the country operations business plan, 2018-2020 for Mongolia. The proposed TA will enhance the use of multiple data resources so that Mongolia can better monitor its progress towards implementing the SDGs and the Mongolia Sustainable Development Vision (SDV) 2030. Through the TA, ADB will prepare detailed road maps on required actions to produce SDG indicators and will work with the NSO to operationalize these road maps. It will strengthen the government's capacity in statistics and will support the production of more SDG indicators.

Project Details

Project Officer
Magee, Declan F. East Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Mongolia
Sector
  • Public sector management
 
Project Name Enhancing the Use of Multiple Data Resources to Monitor Progress Towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Project Number 51397-001
Country Mongolia
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9542-MON: Enhancing the Use of Multiple Data Resources to Monitor Progress Towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector

Information and communication technology / ICT industries and ICT-enabled services

Public sector management / Public administration

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description

The Government of Mongolia requested knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to support the National Statistics Office (NSO) to

improve Mongolia's capacity to measure Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicators. The TA is included in the country operations business plan, 2018-2020 for Mongolia. The proposed TA will enhance the use of multiple data resources so that Mongolia can better monitor its progress towards implementing the SDGs and the Mongolia Sustainable Development Vision (SDV) 2030. Through the TA, ADB will prepare detailed road maps on required actions to produce SDG indicators and will work with the NSO to operationalize these road maps. It will strengthen the government's capacity in statistics and will support the production of more SDG indicators.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Government of Mongolia is mainstreaming the SDGs into its development plans through the SDV 2030, approved in February 2016. The SDV 2030 sets out sustainable

development objectives under economic development, social development, environmental sustainability, and governance. The SDV 2030 and the SDGs overlap significantly. Only SDG 14 (life below water) is not part of the SDV 2030, as Mongolia is a landlocked country. The SDV 2030 directly targets seven SDGs and the remaining nine are contextually consistent or part of the SDV's core principles. The National Development Agency, which is responsible for overseeing and reporting on the SDV 2030 to the Prime Minister and to Parliament, is undertaking an exercise to strengthen the link between the SDV 2030 and the SDGs. The goal is to link existing policies to the SDV 2030 and to establish baselines and set targets for its delivery. The SDV 2030 is due for review on a biannual basis. The NSO is the agency responsible for compiling indicators and providing guidance to on methodologies to line ministries, which are responsible for gathering the data required to compile indicators.

The SDG indicator availability in Mongolia has significant gaps. Several factors prevent the NSO from collecting more indicators: (i) for some of the SDG indicators, the NSO needs technical support to identify what steps need to be taken to finalize the methodology and identify the best data collection vehicle; (ii) the data for some indicators is collected by other government institutions, and these institutions often do not have the expertise to collect the data as required to produce the indicator; and (iii) the NSO is unfamiliar with nontraditional data methods that could be used to enhance the availability of SDG indicators. The best way to increase the number of available indicators is for the NSO to prepare detailed road maps to identify what needs to be done to produce the missing indicators. ADB should then provide targeted support to the NSO and other government institutions to make meaningful progress on producing certain indicators. The TA should move ahead with two core principles in mind. First, the road maps should be published and made freely available. ADB will not be able to work with the NSO on each indicator, so other development partners should be able to access the road maps and provide support. Second, ADB should employ flexibility when choosing focus indicators. ADB is working closely with other development partners on this project, but not all partners have determined the level of support that they will provide. Some flexibility in determining the final list of focus indicators on the part of ADB will be important in helping the NSO produce as many indicators as possible.

Impact The impact that the project is aligned with is implementation of Mongolia's Sustainable Development Vision 2030 to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) improved.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Measurement of the SDGs in Mongolia strengthened
Progress Toward Outcome Project became effective in July. Recruitment of key positions currently ongoing.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Assessment and Roadmap of Indicator Availability Updated

2. Easiest to produce indicators across all SDGs identified.

3. Guidelines for identifying and generating more complex indicators under four SDGs formulated.

4. Guidelines for identifying and generating indicators using non-traditional data under four SDGs formulated

3. Guidelines for identifying and generating more complex indicators under four SDGs formulated.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) Project became effective in July. Recruitment of key positions currently ongoing.
Geographical Location Nation-wide
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Two project design missions were conducted. One in Q3 2017 and one in Q2 2018. During these missions consultations were held with various government departments and ministries, parliament members, civil society (including a dedicated civil society roundtable in April 2018) and development partners.
During Project Implementation
Responsible ADB Officer Magee, Declan F.
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Mongolia Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
National Statistical Office of Mongolia
Government Bldg.-3, Baga Toiruu-44
Ulaanbaatar - 11
Timetable
Concept Clearance 26 Mar 2018
Fact Finding 09 Apr 2018 to 23 Apr 2018
MRM -
Approval 27 Jun 2018
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 06 Sep 2018

TA 9542-MON

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
27 Jun 2018 26 Jul 2018 26 Jul 2018 31 Dec 2020 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 500,000.00 27 Jun 2018 7,769.00

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