Regional: Supporting Knowledge Solutions for New Development Strategies in South Asia
The TA will undertake operationally-relevant analytical studies on key issues and challenges faced by countries in South Asia Department. It will allow ADB to respond to the client countries' demand for knowledge support; identify crucial and immediate investment requirements; and promptly translate these identified projects into lending operation, thereby accelerating their development impact.
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|Project Name||Supporting Knowledge Solutions for New Development Strategies in South Asia|
|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||
Industry and trade / Industry and trade sector development
Public sector management / Economic affairs management - Public administration
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Some gender elements|
|Description||The TA will undertake operationally-relevant analytical studies on key issues and challenges faced by countries in South Asia Department. It will allow ADB to respond to the client countries' demand for knowledge support; identify crucial and immediate investment requirements; and promptly translate these identified projects into lending operation, thereby accelerating their development impact.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||South Asia is one of the fastest growing regions in the world and has become a global growth driver with its strong performance in 2017. Despite the robust growth, however, South Asia, being home to a quarter of the world's population, accounts for only 3% of global gross domestic product and remains beset by multiple development challenges. To overcome these challenges and to sustain the momentum for inclusive economic growth, there has been an increasing demand from DMCs in South Asia for well-thought out programs and evidence-based policies guided by rigorous analytical and technical studies. DMCs also seek assistance in identifying potential areas and exploring new strategies that would enhance economic growth and generate much-needed employment, especially in economically-lagging regions.|
Inclusive economic growth and regional economic integration among SASEC countries improved and sustained
|Description of Outcome||
Knowledge solutions adopted by SASEC countries
|Progress Toward Outcome||Preparatory activities for analytical studies are being started.|
|Description of Project Outputs||
Integrated and multi-disciplinary knowledge solutions created
Knowledge sharing and learning events enhanced
Translation of knowledge solutions into project pipeline strengthened
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
The completion date of the TA has been extended to 31 August 2023. A number of activities are ongoing till end of 2022 with possible spillover to early 2023. The cumulative outputs of the TA are discussed below.
Output1: Integrated and multidisciplinary knowledge solutions created
Several analytical reports as identified by governments are ongoing and due to the current pandemic, countries have requested to extend the completion dates approved activities. In Bhutan a review of the pension reform is ongoing. Activities on governance and financial management reforms; domestic revenue mobilization and publishing a road map to scale up solar photovoltaic pumping are being undertaken in Bangladesh. In India, knowledge sharing is being supported for green hydrogen development in the country. Maldives' tourism plan is under review and an up-to-date plan is being prepared. Several activities in Nepal are being implemented covering industrial policy review and LDC graduation strategy; analysis and visualization of poverty data for inclusive development planning; and customs reforms and modernization strategy and action plan. Bangladesh and Maldives are working on the strengthening of tax policy and administration. Region-wide activities cover studies on road safety in SASEC; South Asia tax systems; mobilizing financial sector reform and investment; and lessons on East Asian TVET models.
Activities supporting issues identified by governments from South Asia were completed. Consultation meeting with governments was undertaken to identify the countries' demand for analytical work during the South Asia Economic Summit (SAES) XII held in Colombo, Sri Lanka in September 2019. A study on Powering Learning Societies During an Age of Disruption was published and emphasized that the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic provided an opportunity to build education systems that are stronger and more equitable in Asia and the Pacific. The Pre-feasibility study for municipal solid waste management (SWM) was completed for Hadidwar and Rishikesh in India and involved review of environmental and social frameworks and household survey, specifically to identify opportunities in SWM in the two pilot cities. For Sri Lanka, a diagnostic study on constraints to economic growth and inclusiveness; and empirical analysis on the country's macroeconomic policy were undertaken.Relevant literature and data have been gathered for completed analytical studies including those presented at the SARD Economists' Workshop held in August 2019; research on intraregional investment flow in South Asia; simulated study on solar ice solution in Landhoo Island, Maldives; and analysis of thematic sector issues on India.
Output 2. Knowledge sharing, dissemination and learning events enhanced
Bhutan's dissemination of the study on Economic Costs of Gender-based Violence is now ongoing. Similarly, Nepal is launching and dissemination the Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Diagnostic of Selected Sectors. The logistics study in Nepal is winding down and final reports are targeted by end of 2022.
The Special Meeting on Regional Economic Integration Study Phase II was held in June 2019 to disseminate the results of analytical studies. Dissemination of gender equality diagnostics of selected sectors (GE/D/DD) was undertaken in Bangladesh.Countries learned from experiences of more advanced countries through participation in ADB -funded conferences, workshops, and study visits. Completed events include: study visit to strengthen the Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority Training Center, establish Research Center, and an integrated water operations center in Bangladesh; Envisioning India 2030: Urbanization and Structural Transformation event on 12, 25-26 February 2019; Knowledge Event at Korea Water Resources Corporation in March 2019; Meeting of the SASEC Nodal Officials and Working Groups in March 2019; Resilient Atoll Nations in Productive Oceans High Level Dialogue and Knowledge Sharing Event in August 2019; Asia Network on Corporate Governance of State-owned Enterprise in September 2019; Inclusive Resilient and Sustainable Housing and Communities Cooperation in 16-27 September 2019; Environmental Cooperation Forum in November 2019; and Conference on Safe Mobility and Regional Connectivity in SASEC Subregion in January 2020._To enhance the capacity of government agencies on analytical research, a Strategic Planning Workshop for High Tech Agriculture Education and Research in Bangladesh was held on 1-2 July 2019.
Output 3. Translation of knowledge solutions into project pipeline strengthened
Knowledge management activities in support of SAOD Knowledge Management Action Plan cover the development of knowledge management database and portal website; innovation project briefs; development of KM toolkit; and capacity building for TED-talk style talks. Implementation of a communication plan for Kathmandu Valley Water supply project was rescheduled and an expanded plan for video development is now under review prior to development.
Support was provided to activities that analyze the results of analytical studies to identify potential projects. Results analysis has been completed for the identification of trade and customs facilities in Bangladesh borders, while the impact analysis for the SASEC Dhaka-Sylhet Corridor Road Project is almost complete. Project information reports were prepared for the Sri Lanka irrigation review: Mahaweli Water Security Investment Program. The consultants reviewed the scope, design, and cost. They confirmed that appropriate national and international best practices were being applied and requirements of applicable government environmental clearances are being met.
|Geographical Location||Bangladesh - Nation-wide; Bhutan - Nation-wide; India - Nation-wide; Maldives - 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||ADB will engage a number of individual consultants for the implementation of TA activities. ADB will engage the consultants and carry out procurement following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Li, Dongxiang|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Div, SARD|
Asian Development Bank
|Concept Clearance||27 Apr 2018|
|Approval||12 Sep 2018|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||11 Jul 2022|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|12 Sep 2018||-||12 Sep 2018||31 Aug 2021||31 Aug 2023||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|4,500,000.00||500,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||5,000,000.00||28 Oct 2022||3,083,113.09|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Supporting Knowledge Solutions for New Development Strategies in South Asia: Technical Assistance Report||Technical Assistance Reports||Sep 2018|
Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards
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None currently available.
Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation
None currently available.
|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Earthquake-Resilient Schools in Nepal||Papers and Briefs||Jun 2022|
|The Karnataka Urban Development and Coastal Environmental Management Project||Papers and Briefs||Mar 2022|
|Powering a Learning Society During an Age of Disruption||Books||May 2021|
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|Tender Title||Type||Status||Posting Date||Deadline|
|Supporting Knowledge Solutions for New Development Strategies in South Asia - Analyzing & Visualizing National Poverty Data for Inclusive Development Planning (Research Specialist: Data Visualization)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||12 May 2022||18 May 2022|
|International Tax Policy and Administration Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||30 Mar 2022||05 Apr 2022|
|National Data Scientist for Nepali Socio-Economic District Data Profiles||Individual - Consulting||Closed||24 Feb 2022||02 Mar 2022|
|Research Analyst||Individual - Consulting||Closed||15 Feb 2022||28 Feb 2022|
|Legal Consultant||Individual - Consulting||Closed||14 Jan 2022||27 Jan 2022|
|Governance and Public Financial Management Reforms||Individual - Consulting||Closed||09 Dec 2021||15 Dec 2021|
|Gas and Oil Sector Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||17 Nov 2021||23 Nov 2021|
|Tourism Security Consultant||Individual - Consulting||Closed||12 Nov 2021||16 Nov 2021|
|Financial Sector Reform and Investment Expert||Individual - Consulting||Closed||01 Oct 2021||07 Oct 2021|
|Research Analyst||Individual - Consulting||Closed||04 Aug 2021||10 Aug 2021|
|Supporting Knowledge Solutions for New Development Strategies in South Asia –Tourism Marketing and Product Development and Innovation Consultant||Individual - Consulting||Closed||22 Jul 2021||02 Aug 2021|
|Supporting Knowledge Solutions for New Development Strategies in South Asia - Environmental Planner||Individual - Consulting||Closed||22 Jul 2021||02 Aug 2021|
|Supporting Knowledge Solutions for New Development Strategies in South Asia – Marine and Liveaboards Consultant||Individual - Consulting||Closed||22 Jul 2021||02 Aug 2021|
|Supporting Knowledge Solutions for New Development Strategies in South Asia – Socio-Cultural Development Consultant||Individual - Consulting||Closed||22 Jul 2021||02 Aug 2021|
|Tourism Policy Consultant||Individual - Consulting||Closed||22 Jul 2021||02 Aug 2021|
|Supporting Knowledge Solutions for New Development Strategies in South Asia – Human Resource Development Consultant||Individual - Consulting||Closed||22 Jul 2021||02 Aug 2021|
|Tourism Business Development and Economic Planning Consultant||Individual - Consulting||Closed||22 Jul 2021||02 Aug 2021|
|Tourism Strategy Specialist (Team Lead)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||30 Jun 2021||06 Jul 2021|
|Logistics Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||23 Jun 2021||29 Jun 2021|
|Consulting Firm: Pension Reform in Bhutan||Firm - Consulting||Closed||27 Apr 2021||11 May 2021|
|Financial Inclusion Expert (Gender Equality and Social Inclusion)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||09 Apr 2021||15 Apr 2021|
|Economist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||12 Mar 2021||18 Mar 2021|
|Customs Automation Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||23 Feb 2021||01 Mar 2021|
|Trade Facilitation Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||23 Feb 2021||01 Mar 2021|
|Supply Chain Mapping Expert||Individual - Consulting||Closed||20 Feb 2021||10 Mar 2021|
|Supporting Knowledge Solutions for New Development Strategies in South Asia (Macro Economist)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||29 Jan 2021||04 Feb 2021|
|Strategic Planning and Evaluation Expert||Individual - Consulting||Closed||17 Oct 2020||23 Oct 2020|
|Team Leader||Individual - Consulting||Closed||10 Oct 2020||16 Oct 2020|
|Economist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||10 Oct 2020||16 Oct 2020|
|Economist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||10 Oct 2020||16 Oct 2020|
|Logistics Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||10 Oct 2020||16 Oct 2020|
|Planning and Urban Expert||Individual - Consulting||Closed||01 Sep 2020||07 Sep 2020|
|Infrastructure Expert||Individual - Consulting||Closed||08 Jun 2020||14 Jun 2020|
|Environment Expert||Individual - Consulting||Closed||08 Jun 2020||14 Jun 2020|
|Finance Expert||Individual - Consulting||Closed||08 Jun 2020||14 Jun 2020|
|Planning and Urban Expert||Individual - Consulting||Closed||08 Jun 2020||14 Jun 2020|
|Economic and Industrial Development Expert||Individual - Consulting||Closed||08 Jun 2020||14 Jun 2020|
|Team Leader||Individual - Consulting||Closed||08 Jun 2020||14 Jun 2020|
|Senior Road Safety Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||17 Apr 2020||23 Apr 2020|
|Administrative Assistant||Individual - Consulting||Closed||28 Feb 2020||05 Mar 2020|
|Logistics Policy Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||06 Feb 2020||12 Feb 2020|
|Logistics Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||21 Jan 2020||27 Jan 2020|
|TVET Public Policy Expert||Individual - Consulting||Closed||15 Jan 2020||21 Jan 2020|
|TVET Research Expert||Individual - Consulting||Closed||15 Jan 2020||21 Jan 2020|
|TVET Economist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||15 Jan 2020||21 Jan 2020|
|Research Analyst||Individual - Consulting||Closed||11 Jan 2020||17 Jan 2020|
|Regional Cooperation Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||22 Oct 2019||02 Nov 2019|
|Knowledge Management Assistant/Analyst||Individual - Consulting||Closed||22 Oct 2019||28 Oct 2019|
|Research Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||22 Oct 2019||28 Oct 2019|
|Web Content Editor||Individual - Consulting||Closed||08 Oct 2019||14 Oct 2019|
|Web Administrator||Individual - Consulting||Closed||12 Sep 2019||18 Sep 2019|
|Senior Dam and Tunnel Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||30 Aug 2019||05 Sep 2019|
|Senior Hydraulic Structures Specialist and Quantitiy Surveyor||Individual - Consulting||Closed||30 Aug 2019||05 Sep 2019|
|Trade Facilitation Coordinating Analyst||Individual - Consulting||Closed||29 Jun 2019||08 Jul 2019|
|Regional Cooperation Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||01 Jun 2019||07 Jun 2019|
|Regional Cooperation Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||08 May 2019||14 May 2019|
|Water Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||04 May 2019||06 May 2019|
|Custom Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||09 Apr 2019||23 Apr 2019|
|Environmental Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||16 Mar 2019||25 Mar 2019|
|Highway Engineer||Individual - Consulting||Closed||16 Mar 2019||04 Apr 2019|
|Social and resettlement specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||16 Mar 2019||04 Apr 2019|
|Research Specialist: Digital Technology||Individual - Consulting||Closed||15 Mar 2019||21 Mar 2019|
|Research Analyst||Individual - Consulting||Closed||08 Mar 2019||14 Mar 2019|
|Web Content Manager||Individual - Consulting||Closed||21 Feb 2019||27 Feb 2019|
|SASEC Web Administrator and Developer||Individual - Consulting||Closed||20 Feb 2019||26 Feb 2019|
|Economist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||23 Jan 2019||29 Jan 2019|
|Economist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||09 Jan 2019||15 Jan 2019|
|Trade Facilitation Coordinating Analyst||Individual - Consulting||Closed||09 Jan 2019||15 Jan 2019|
|Economist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||21 Sep 2018||27 Sep 2018|
|Contract Title||Approval Number||Contract Date||Contractor | Address||Executing Agency||Total Contract Amount (US$)||Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)|
|Research and Development Technical Assistance||Technical Assistance 9586||22 Oct 2021||Callund Consulting Limited (U.K.) | 154 Victoria Road, Wargrave Berkshire RG10 8AJ3 United Kingdom||Asian Development Bank||180,832.00||—|
None currently available.