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Regional: Facilitating Knowledge for Innovation and Technology Cooperation to Accelerate Development

Sovereign (Public) Project | 52309-001 Status: Active

The knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will support efforts of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to develop human capital to advance and share knowledge for innovation and technology adoption and diffusion in its developing member countries (DMCs).1 Aligned with ADB's Strategy 2030, the TA emphasizes promoting the use of innovative technology, strengthening knowledge services, and using a country-focused approach to accelerate and sustain economic development in the DMCs by addressing the increasingly complex development challenges facing Asia and the Pacific.

Project Details

Project Officer
Raman, Vivek Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department Request for information
Country
  • Regional
Sector
  • Public sector management
 
Project Name Facilitating Knowledge for Innovation and Technology Cooperation to Accelerate Development
Project Number 52309-001
Country Regional
India
Indonesia
Philippines
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9943-REG: Facilitating Knowledge for Innovation and Technology Cooperation to Accelerate Development
Republic of Korea e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund US$ 750,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Information and communication technology / ICT strategy and policy, and capacity development

Public sector management / Public administration

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description

The knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will support efforts of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to develop human capital to advance and share knowledge for innovation and technology adoption and diffusion in its developing member countries (DMCs).1 Aligned with ADB's Strategy 2030, the TA emphasizes promoting the use of innovative technology, strengthening knowledge services, and using a country-focused approach to accelerate and sustain economic development in the DMCs by addressing the increasingly complex development challenges facing Asia and the Pacific.

The TA is included in the 2019 and 2020 management-approved results-based work plan of the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department. It is in line with the President's Planning Directions for 2019 to deliver quality operations by incorporating new approaches, knowledge creation and exchange with clients, advanced technologies, collaboration, and innovation. This TA is anchored in and will support the implementation of the Korea-Asia and Pacific Tech Corp (KTC) Program, which underlines the cooperation agreement ADB signed in May 2018 with the Ministry of Strategy and Finance of the Republic of Korea. The KTC Program will engage experts from Asia and the Pacific, including the Republic of Korea, to help build capacity in ADB's DMCs to learn new skills and adopt innovation.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

This TA focuses on providing capacity to DMCs on innovation and technology through knowledge immersion. The TA defines _innovation_ as change that adds value to DMC clients, _advanced technology_ as systems and processes that adopt to and reflect the latest trends in addressing development challenges, and _knowledge immersion_ as an approach for learning in which embedded experts work with clients over a sustained period to create and transfer knowledge, customize knowledge to local needs, and build local capacity. Knowledge immersion can occur through: (i) consulting focused on transferring knowledge through personalization, e.g., interaction, and codification, e.g., documents, repositories, and databases; and (ii) knowledge absorption through instruction, e.g., deductive and programmed, and exploration, e.g., trial and error and high learner control.

The potential for knowledge immersion is greatest for DMCs in South Asia and Southeast Asia because they require support to convert to a knowledge-based economy through innovation. For instance, India and Indonesia have low technological readiness even after several programs focused on innovations, suggesting that the benefits of innovative activities are not shared with peers. Middle-income countries in South Asia and Southeast Asia have high demand for knowledge-intensive operations from ADB. For example, Teach for Philippines, a local nongovernment organization that works with the government to recruit teachers and modernize teaching techniques, is seeking an expert to develop an end-to-end data management and client relationship portal.

Through knowledge immersion, DMCs can learn from developed countries' experience in achieving high-income status through systematic knowledge-based economic development. The Republic of Korea has supported ADB DMCs through the Republic of Korea e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund since 2006. The fund financed knowledge sharing in ADB projects such as Myanmar's e-Government master plan, Bangladesh's information technology parks for employment and innovation, and the Asia Leadership Program regional knowledge sharing through communities of leaders. The program demonstrated that active learning through field visits and simulation exercises is far more effective than passive learning through keynote speeches and panel presentations.

Strongly aligned with the Republic of Korea e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund objectives, the TA proposes to access this fund to (i) mobilize experts to support identified development needs in DMCs and associated projects and (ii) capture and share emerging best practices and lessons to help scale up and replicate innovation. Knowledge immersion will help build the necessary local human capital skills and facilitate knowledge sharing to develop long-term local capacity in DMCs, initially targeted for South Asia and Southeast Asia DMCs.

Impact Use of innovative technologies in DMCs promoted
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome DMCs' capacity to adopt innovation and technology advancements in development priorities enhanced
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Knowledge immersion in DMCs supported

Replicable practices and lessons disseminated

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location India - Nation-wide; Indonesia - Nation-wide; Philippines - 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 recruit individual consultants to support implementation of the TA activities. ADB will engage an estimated 76.5 person-months of international and national consultant inputs following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions. ADB will consider output-based and/or lump sum contracts but use time-based contracts as appropriate.
Responsible ADB Officer Raman, Vivek
Responsible ADB Department Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department
Responsible ADB Division SDCC-KC
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 19 Nov 2019
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 31 Jan 2020
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 03 Feb 2020

TA 9943-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
31 Jan 2020 - 31 Jan 2020 31 Dec 2023 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 750,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 750,000.00 31 Jan 2020 19,437.38

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