Sri Lanka: Strengthening the Institutional Capacity of the National Water Supply and Drainage Board

Sovereign Project | 52246-002

The technical assistance (TA) is estimated to cost $1 million, which will be financed on a grant basis by ADB's Technical Assistance Special Fund. The government will provide counterpart support in the form of counterpart staff, access to reports and information, office space for consultants, training venues, and other in-kind contributions. The TA will enhance NWSDB's financial sustainability and operational efficiency and increase its capacity for environmental and social safeguards, climate change and disaster risk management, and gender equality and social inclusion (GESI).

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Pauleta de Almeida, Pedro Miguel
    South Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Sri Lanka
  • Sector
    • Water and other urban infrastructure and services
Project Name Strengthening the Institutional Capacity of the National Water Supply and Drainage Board
Project Number 52246-002
Country / Economy Sri Lanka
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6962-SRI: Strengthening the Institutional Capacity of the National Water Supply and Drainage Board
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Urban policy, institutional and capacity development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The technical assistance (TA) is estimated to cost $1 million, which will be financed on a grant basis by ADB's Technical Assistance Special Fund. The government will provide counterpart support in the form of counterpart staff, access to reports and information, office space for consultants, training venues, and other in-kind contributions. The TA will enhance NWSDB's financial sustainability and operational efficiency and increase its capacity for environmental and social safeguards, climate change and disaster risk management, and gender equality and social inclusion (GESI). The TA will support (i) capacity development of NWSDB's PPMU and NRW cells; (ii) the establishment of a dedicated Environmental and Social Unit, covering safeguards and GESI-related aspects; (iii) training on interdepartmental organization, team building, finance, auditing, human resource management, and supply chain management; (iv) knowledge increase for improved business efficiency, such as consumer relationship and integrated information and communication technology at the central level; (v) advancing institutional capacity on GESI with in-house master trainers on GESI, skills in GESI analysis and assessment, and formulation of a GESI policy and strategy; (vi) capacity increase in DMA and GIS-based asset management of RSC and O&M of smart water management systems; and (vii) the development of a financial sustainability road map and business efficiency action plan. Manuals and guidelines will be developed. The MWS will be the executing agency, and NWSDB will be the implementing agency for the TA, which will be implemented in 4 years.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Following the 2019 Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka, the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine further exacerbated the country's economic vulnerability to external shocks. Facing growing challenges in macroeconomic and debt management, including difficulties meeting its external payment obligations, the government began engaging with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to secure a new Extended Fund Facility (EFF). In September 2022, IMF reached a staff-level agreement to support Sri Lanka's economic policies under the EFF. The TA is aligned with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Article IV consultations which recommended SOE reforms to strengthen governance, boost productivity, and improve sustainability and efficiency.
Impact

productivity and efficiency of functional areas of NWSDB improved

organizational reforms for increased business efficiency introduced

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Institutional capacity of NWSDB strengthened

Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Organizational roadmaps and action plans for enhancing NWSDB financial sustainability and operational efficiency developed

Capacity of NWSDB strengthened

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location 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 Institutional development consultant (consultancy recruitment)
Procurement

Recruitment process: simplified technical proposal and quality- and cost-based selection method with a quality-cost ratio of 80:20.

Amount: $0.935 million

Responsible ADB Officer Pauleta de Almeida, Pedro Miguel
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban Development and Water Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Water Supply (formerly Ministry of City Planning and Water Supply)
National Water Supply and Drainage Board
Timetable
Concept Clearance 21 Jun 2022
Fact Finding 04 Jul 2022 to 08 Jul 2022
MRM -
Approval 29 Sep 2022
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 29 Sep 2022

TA 6962-SRI

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
29 Sep 2022 07 Oct 2022 07 Oct 2022 30 Sep 2026 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 14 Nov 2022 0.00

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Strengthening the Institutional Capacity of the National Water Supply and Drainage Board Firm - Consulting Active 27 Oct 2022 30 Nov 2022

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Procurement Plan

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