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Regional: Supporting Social Safeguards in the Central and West Asia Region

Sovereign (Public) Project | 52101-001 Status: Active

This technical assistance (TA) will foster more effective infrastructure development in the Central and West Asia developing member countries (DMCs) by improving their social safeguards, and in particular their land acquisition and resettlement (LAR) performance.

Project Details

Project Officer
Beauchamp, Michael J. Central and West Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Regional
Sector
  • Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
 
Project Name Supporting Social Safeguards in the Central and West Asia Region
Project Number 52101-001
Country Regional
Afghanistan
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Georgia
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyz Republic
Pakistan
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9553-REG: Supporting Social Safeguards in the Central and West Asia Region
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 750,000.00
TA 9553-REG: Supporting Social Safeguards in the Central and West Asia Region
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 300,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Land-based natural resources management

Energy / Electricity transmission and distribution

Public sector management / Law and judiciary

Transport / Rail transport (non-urban)

Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Other urban services

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description

This technical assistance (TA) will foster more effective infrastructure development in the Central and West Asia developing member countries (DMCs) by improving their social safeguards, and in particular their land acquisition and resettlement (LAR) performance. This will be accomplished by (i) engaging and deploying international and national consultants to strengthen the processing and implementation of projects with respect to safeguard compliance; (ii) utilizing and building on knowledge products and relationships developed under TA 7433-REG: Mainstreaming Land Acquisition and Resettlement in the Central and West Asia Region to further promote country ownership of sound and efficient safeguard practices in projects financed by Asian Development Bank (ADB); (iii) identifying gaps between local practice and ADB policy in a timely manner, and developing a strategy to effectively bridge these gaps, project by project; and (iv) providing capacity building, primarily in the form of on-the-job training, to increase the understanding of governments of the application of environmental and social safeguards. The TA is consistent with the ADB Safeguard Policy Statement (2009), the 2014 and 2016 evaluation studies of the Independent Evaluation Department, and supports Strategy 2020.

The TA will build on the achievements of TA 7433. Discussions with ADB staff and executing agencies during project missions confirm the relevance of TA 7433 and the need for the extension of its most useful component support for processing and implementation through on-the-job training. The new TA project will aid DMCs in Central and West Asia in meeting their Sustainable Development Goals, and it is on the priority list for Central and West Asia Department (CWRD) for processing in 2018.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy TA 7433, which closed on 31 August 2018, worked well and provided a valuable service to DMCs during the processing and implementation phases of projects. Discussions with ADB staff, executing agencies, and implementing agencies revealed a need for the extension of its most useful components, which are considered to be (i) the continued deployment of consultants based in DMC resident missions to aid executing and implementing agencies in project processing and implementation as well as continued capacity building, training, and workshops where necessary; and (ii) provision of technical assistance for problem solving during project processing or implementation.
Impact Effective infrastructure development compliant with ADB's SPS promoted in Central and West Asia (TA-defined).
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Quality of safeguard documents and safeguard implementation improved in the CWRD portfolio
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Country-specific social safeguards administration and procedures improved

Quality and timeliness of LAR instruments improved

Project-specific grievance redress mechanisms (GRMs) improved

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) Consultants are currently under recruitment.
Geographical Location Afghanistan - Nation-wide; Armenia - Nation-wide; Azerbaijan - Nation-wide; Georgia - Nation-wide; Kazakhstan - Nation-wide; Kyrgyz Republic - Nation-wide; Pakistan - Nation-wide; Tajikistan - Nation-wide; Turkmenistan - Nation-wide; Uzbekistan - 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
Responsible ADB Officer Beauchamp, Michael J.
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division CWOD-PSG
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 11 May 2018
Fact Finding 28 Feb 2018 to 28 Feb 2018
MRM -
Approval 24 Jul 2018
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 01 Oct 2018

TA 9553-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
24 Jul 2018 - 24 Jul 2018 29 Feb 2020 31 Jan 2021 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,050,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,050,000.00 24 Jul 2018 663,142.74

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Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards

Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

None currently available.

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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Related Publications

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Supporting Social Safeguards in the Central and West Asia Region Individual - Consulting Closed 09 Apr 2020 15 Apr 2020
National Resettlement Specialist (Armenia) Individual - Consulting Closed 11 Oct 2019 24 Oct 2019
International Resettlement Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 10 Oct 2019 16 Oct 2019
National Agronomist Consultant (Georgia) Individual - Consulting Closed 25 May 2019 08 Jun 2019
International Resettlement Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Mar 2019 27 Mar 2019
National Resettlement Specialist (Kazakhstan) Individual - Consulting Closed 22 Sep 2018 28 Sep 2018
National Resettlement Specialiast (Georgia) Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Sep 2018 27 Sep 2018
National Resettlement Specialist (KGZ) Individual - Consulting Closed 16 Aug 2018 22 Aug 2018
International Resettlment Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 15 Aug 2018 21 Aug 2018
National Resettlement Specialist (GEO) Individual - Consulting Closed 15 Aug 2018 28 Aug 2018

Contracts Awarded

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Procurement Plan

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