Sri Lanka: Strengthening the Institutional Capacity of the National Water Supply and Drainage Board
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).
Pauleta de Almeida, Pedro Miguel
South Asia Department
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|Project Name||Strengthening the Institutional Capacity of the National Water Supply and Drainage Board|
|Country / Economy||Sri Lanka
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
|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.|
productivity and efficiency of functional areas of NWSDB improved
organizational reforms for increased business efficiency introduced
|Description of Outcome||
Institutional capacity of NWSDB strengthened
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|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)|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
|Consulting Services||Institutional development consultant (consultancy recruitment)|
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|
Ministry of Water Supply (formerly Ministry of City Planning and Water Supply)
National Water Supply and Drainage Board
|Concept Clearance||21 Jun 2022|
|Fact Finding||04 Jul 2022 to 08 Jul 2022|
|Approval||29 Sep 2022|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||29 Sep 2022|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|29 Sep 2022||07 Oct 2022||07 Oct 2022||30 Sep 2026||-||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|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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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Strengthening the Institutional Capacity of the National Water Supply and Drainage Board: Technical Assistance Letter||Technical Assistance Letter||Oct 2022|
|Strengthening the Institutional Capacity of the National Water Supply and Drainage Board: Technical Assistance Report||Technical Assistance Reports||Sep 2022|
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|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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