India : Strategic Interventions for Economic Transformation—Strengthening Knowledge for Enhancing Development Outcomes
This knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) assists the knowledge-driven operational approach of the country partnership strategy (CPS) for India, 20182022 of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the associated India Country Knowledge Plan (CKP), 20182022. The CPS and the CKP emphasize strategic and analytical studies at geographical (state, regional, corridor), sector, and thematic levels as a means to identify viable development pathways, transformative investment opportunities, and policy advice, while filling critical knowledge and capacity gaps.
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|Project Name||Strategic Interventions for Economic Transformation—Strengthening Knowledge for Enhancing Development Outcomes|
|Country / Economy||India
|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 / Irrigation
Education / Technical and vocational education and training
Energy / Electricity transmission and distribution
Transport / Road transport (non-urban)
Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Urban water supply
|Gender||Some gender elements|
|Description||This knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) assists the knowledge-driven operational approach of the country partnership strategy (CPS) for India, 20182022 of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the associated India Country Knowledge Plan (CKP), 20182022. The CPS and the CKP emphasize strategic and analytical studies at geographical (state, regional, corridor), sector, and thematic levels as a means to identify viable development pathways, transformative investment opportunities, and policy advice, while filling critical knowledge and capacity gaps.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
As development challenges evolve faster in a rapidly growing economy, ADB needs to respond to India's evolving needs with quality knowledge solutions in a timely manner. This includes responding to short-term needs with short analytical studies and policy briefs on critical issues, undertaking surveys and initial analyses while awaiting the mobilization of TA resources and expert teams, providing short-term expert inputs and capacity support to government agencies, and undertaking in-country and overseas exposure for government officials in the form of study tours and other knowledge engagements. Knowledge transfer and dissemination also play a critical role in effective and strategic policy decision-making.
Building a knowledge-driven economic development mechanism helps accelerate and sustain strong, robust, and inclusive economic growth in the long term. India has built pockets of knowledge-driven growth, which need to be translated into a broader sphere of its economy. To strengthen the country's knowledge-driven development, the range of knowledge services, approaches, and models based on best practices from successful knowledge-based advanced economies needs to be developed, and the unique knowledge and strengths of the country need to be exploited by aggressively pursuing and applying new technologies. The TA aims to meet India's knowledge needs within the framework of the CPS and Strategy 2030.
Knowledge base to support the rapid growth of the Indian economy and its fast-evolving socioeconomic development needs improved
|Description of Outcome||
Strategic interventions for economic transformation (including sector and thematic reforms) commenced, and investment pipeline for ADB and other external funding agencies developed
|Progress Toward Outcome||Knowledge work, including front-end analytical studies, aligned to the India CPS 2018-2022, linking the Government of India's priorities and ADB's Strategy 2030 have commenced and supports the development of the investment pipeline for ADB and other external funding agencies.|
|Description of Project Outputs||
Analytical, sectoral, and crosscutting thematic studies prepared
Capacity of government agencies strengthened
Knowledge products produced and disseminated
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||The TA is supporting the following:1.Analytical, sectoral, and crosscutting thematic studies to develop the project pipeline, such as: (i) North East Economic Corridor (NEEC), (ii) West Bengal Economic Corridor, (iii)MSME Cluster Development in Uttar Pradesh, (iv) National Infrastructure Plan of Government of India, (v) Industrial Parks Rating Systems in India, (vi)Skill mapping study on the financial technology sector in Gujarat, Gujarat International Finance-tech (GIFT) City, and (vii) Investment support facilitation for DMICDC Industrial Nodes Townships2.Capacity of government agencies through support for (i) Compliance with Business Reforms Action Plan and District Reforms Action Plan to improve the East of Doing Business in Tamil Nadu, (ii) Regional Planning Framework in Tamil Nadu, (iii) Consultation Workshop for Department of Personnel and Training, May 2019, (iv) International Conference on Urban and Regional Development, September 2019, Delhi, (v) Study tour of officials from Ayushman Bharat, Government of India, to the Republic of Korea in October 2019, (vi) Private Sector and Government Stakeholder Workshops on NEEC, SASEC and PRF in November 2019, Kolkata, (v) Supporting the National Health Agency in implementation of Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana, and (vi) Tamil Nadu Guidance Bureau3.Dissemination of knowledge through (i) publications on Enhancing Manufacturing Competitiveness in Rajasthan; Industrial Parks Rating System; Assam: Expressway to ASEAN and (ii) conferences and workshops, such as South Asian University's Fifth International Conference on South Asian Economic Development, February 2019, Delhi.|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India|
|During Project Implementation||All analytical studies have had regular stakeholder consultations and disseminations workshops are supported for knowledge products products.|
|Consulting Services||ADB will engage consultants following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions.|
|Procurement||ADB will 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||Gupta, Kanupriya|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||India Resident Mission (INRM)|
Asian Development Bank
|Concept Clearance||15 Aug 2018|
|Fact Finding||20 Aug 2018 to 20 Aug 2018|
|Approval||06 Dec 2018|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||16 Dec 2022|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|06 Dec 2018||12 Dec 2018||12 Dec 2018||14 Dec 2021||05 Dec 2023||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|5,000,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||5,000,000.00||15 Dec 2022||4,439,873.38|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Strategic Interventions for Economic Transformation — Strengthening Knowledge for Enhancing Development Outcomes: Technical Assistance Report||Technical Assistance Reports||Dec 2018|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Partnering for COVID-19 Response and Recovery: The Asian Development Bank’s Support to India||Reports||Nov 2023|
|Enhancing Competitiveness and Productivity of India’s Micro, Small, and Medium-Sized Enterprises during Pandemic Recovery||Papers and Briefs||Dec 2021|
|Assam as India’s Gateway to ASEAN||Reports||Mar 2021|
|Developing Multimodal Logistics Parks in India||Papers and Briefs||Jun 2020|
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|Policy and Advisory Technical Assistance||Technical Assistance 9665||12 Sep 2022||PricewaterhouseCoopers Pvt. Ltd. (INDIA) | 8-2-624/A/1, 4th Floor, Road No. 10, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh 500 034 India||Asian Development Bank||100,865.00||—|
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