Regional: Supporting Knowledge Solutions for New Development Strategies in South Asia

Sovereign Project | 52061-001

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 Details

  • Project Officer
    Li, Dongxiang
    South Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Regional
  • Sector
    • Public sector management
Project Name Supporting Knowledge Solutions for New Development Strategies in South Asia
Project Number 52061-001
Country / Economy Regional
Bangladesh
Bhutan
India
Maldives
Nepal
Sri Lanka
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9586-REG: Supporting Knowledge Solutions for New Development Strategies in South Asia
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 4.50 million
Republic of Korea e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund US$ 500,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
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.
Impact

Inclusive economic growth and regional economic integration among SASEC countries improved and sustained

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Knowledge solutions adopted by SASEC countries

Progress Toward Outcome Preparatory activities for analytical studies are being started.
Implementation Progress
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

Ongoing Activities

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.

Completed Activities

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

Ongoing Activities

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.

Completed Activities

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

Ongoing Activities

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.

Completed Activities

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
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
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.
Procurement Not applicable
Responsible ADB Officer Li, Dongxiang
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Div, SARD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
Timetable
Concept Clearance 27 Apr 2018
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 12 Sep 2018
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 11 Jul 2022

TA 9586-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
12 Sep 2018 - 12 Sep 2018 31 Aug 2021 31 Aug 2023 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
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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Tenders

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

Contracts Awarded

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

Procurement Plan

None currently available.