Regional: Digital Development Facility for Asia and the Pacific

Sovereign Project | 53116-001

The proposed knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will support ADB's developing member countries (DMCs) by (1) identifying digital development opportunities, (2) enhancing design quality of digital technology components in ADB projects, and (3) improving the capacity of DMCs through knowledge activities._

Through the TA, digital components will be included in more ADB projects, the design quality of the projects will be improved, and better outcomes from the use of digital technology will be realized.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Yoon, Seok Yong
    Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Regional
  • Sector
    • Information and communication technology
Project Name Digital Development Facility for Asia and the Pacific
Project Number 53116-001
Country / Economy Regional
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9794-REG: Digital Development Facility for Asia and the Pacific
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
Republic of Korea e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund US$ 500,000.00
TA 9794-REG: Digital Development Facility for Asia and the Pacific
High Level Technology Fund US$ 150,000.00
TA 9794-REG: Digital Development Facility for Asia and the Pacific
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
Republic of Korea e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund US$ 1.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Education / Education sector development

Information and communication technology / ICT industries and ICT-enabled services - ICT infrastructure - ICT strategy and policy, and capacity development

Public sector management / Public administration

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description

The proposed knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will support ADB's developing member countries (DMCs) by (1) identifying digital development opportunities, (2) enhancing design quality of digital technology components in ADB projects, and (3) improving the capacity of DMCs through knowledge activities._

Through the TA, digital components will be included in more ADB projects, the design quality of the projects will be improved, and better outcomes from the use of digital technology will be realized.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

As a result of increasing global connectivity and mobility, digital technology is rapidly transforming products, services, businesses, and industries in diverse fields. Moreover, its potential to support the development agenda is becoming increasingly apparent with implications for improving the design, delivery, and monitoring of programs and projects across many sectors._However, meeting the full potential of digital technology for development is not straightforward. Regulatory environments conducive to the spread of digital innovation often do not exist in DMCs, and more than half of the world's populationthe vast majority in the developing worldlacks access to the internet_and, therefore, unable to participate in the digital economy.

In addition to internet connectivity, other critical enabling factors in the economy that drive the digital transformation process, such as appropriate regulations and policies, basic digital literacy of citizens, and the workforce's digital skills, are often lacking to provide environment and incentive for the private sector to invest in digital technology products, and services, and create new businesses in a country. These enabling factors boost private sector participation in the digital economy, particularly in the early stages of digital transformation in DMCs, specifically in sectors or areas where the private sector is not willing to do business due to lack of commercial viability such as in rural and remote areas.

Despite DMCs' aspirations for digital transformation, investments on digital technology for development are not always prioritized in the national and subnational plans, leading to forgone opportunities. Insufficient scoping studies on potential digital opportunities and inappropriate project designs often result in sub-optimal benefits from digital development investments.

Impact

National policies of DMCs in support of their digital transformation developed

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Digital technology for ADB operations in line with Strategy 2030 promoted

Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Digital development opportunities in Strategy 2030 operational priorities identified

Design quality of DT components in selected projects enhanced

Capacity of developing member countries on digital development through knowledge activities enhanced

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) Output 1: Digital development opportunities in S2030 OPs identified.Conducted a smart city readiness assessment for Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.Supported processing of the Supporting Digital Cambodia for Inclusive Development Project. Output 2: Design quality of DT components in selected projects enhanced.Supported processing of the knowledge and support technical assistance for Azerbaijan on Fostering Development of Local Technical Startups. Supported processing of the loan for Cambodia on Competitive Agriculture Development Project by carrying out a pre-feasibility study on agriculture value chain data and ICT platform. Supported the project for Maldives on SASEC National Single Window Project for the pilot on blockchain based supply chain management. Ongoing support for the IT reforms for social protection programs in the Philippines_ Support for Azerbaijan to conduct a pilot test on food traceability systems._Output 3: Capacity of DMCs on digital development through knowledge activities enhanced. Development of the Working Paper on Smart City Pathways for Developing Asia: An Analytical Framework and Guidance. Organized a series of webinars on the Digital Opportunities in Response to the COVID-19 Crisis
Geographical Location Regional
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 engage the consultants following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions. Lump-sum payments and output-based contracts will be considered for consulting services, where appropriate.

The TA will require approximately 18 person-months of international consulting services, 60 person-months of national consulting services and 10 person-months of resource persons, including members of the AGDT. All consultants will be selected and engaged individually by ADB in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time).

Responsible ADB Officer Yoon, Seok Yong
Responsible ADB Department Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department
Responsible ADB Division SDCC-DT
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
Timetable
Concept Clearance 24 May 2019
Fact Finding 15 Feb 2019 to 15 Feb 2019
MRM -
Approval 30 Aug 2019
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 13 Jul 2022

TA 9794-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
30 Aug 2019 - 30 Aug 2019 31 Dec 2022 31 Dec 2024 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,500,000.00 1,650,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 3,150,000.00 16 Sep 2022 880,040.73

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Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards
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None currently available.


Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Digital Development Facility for Asia and the Pacific - A Pre-Feasibility Study for Scaling up the Business Services Center in Kyrgyz Republic Individual - Consulting Closed 24 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022
Digital Development Facility for Asia and the Pacific - Legal Expert for Pre-Feasibility Study for scaling up Business Services Center in Kyrgyz Republic Individual - Consulting Closed 24 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022
Digital Development Facility for Asia and the Pacific - IT/ business process analysis Expert (BPA consultant) for Pre-Feasibility Study for scaling up Business Services Center (BSC) in Kyrgyz Republic Individual - Consulting Closed 24 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022
Feasibility Studies on Building National Spatial Data Infrastructure and Land Information System in Cambodia and Tajikistan Firm - Consulting Closed 06 Jul 2022 06 Aug 2022
Digital Development Facility for Asia and the Pacific - Scoping Study on Digital Transformation of Sub-National Governments (SNGs) in Nepal Individual - Consulting Closed 29 Jun 2022 05 Jul 2022
Digital Development Facility for Asia and the Pacific - Best Practice and Benchmarking Study: Legal and Policy Frameworks for the Promotion of Digital Economy Firm - Consulting Closed 08 Dec 2021 19 Dec 2021
Digital Development Facility for Asia and the Pacific - Long-Term GIS Plan Individual - Consulting Closed 26 Nov 2021 02 Dec 2021
Digital Development Facility for Asia and the Pacific - Pre-Feasibility Study on e-Government infrastructure development in Timor-Leste: ICT Infrastructure Individual - Consulting Closed 27 Oct 2021 02 Nov 2021
Digital Development Facility for Asia and the Pacific - Benchmarking of Digital Technology Risk Assessment Practices Individual - Consulting Closed 19 Oct 2021 02 Nov 2021
Digital Development Facility for Asia and the Pacific - SASEC National Single Window: ASYCUDA Software Development Trainer Individual - Consulting Closed 05 Oct 2021 11 Oct 2021
SASEC National Single Window: Blockchain Developer Individual - Consulting Closed 28 Sep 2021 11 Oct 2021
National Cyber Security and Data Governance Specialist - PRC (53080-001): Heilongjiang Green Transformation Demonstration Project and Program Individual - Consulting Closed 23 Sep 2021 29 Sep 2021
Smart Cities Specialist - PRC (53080-001): Heilongjiang Green Transformation Demonstration Project and Program Individual - Consulting Closed 17 Sep 2021 06 Oct 2021
Digital Development Facility for Asia and the Pacific - Digital Connectivity Individual - Consulting Closed 08 Jul 2021 14 Jul 2021
Digital Development Facility for Asia and the Pacific - International GIS Consultant Individual - Consulting Closed 15 May 2021 21 May 2021
Digital Development Facility for Asia and the Pacific - Food Traceability System in Azerbaijan Firm - Consulting Closed 13 Nov 2020 27 Nov 2020

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor | Address Executing Agency Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
Capacity Development Technical Assistance Technical Assistance 9794 14 Nov 2022 GISFY PRIVATE LIMITED (INDIA) | Phoenix Tech Tower, Uppal, Ranga Reddy District, Hyderabad, Telangana, India, 500039 Asian Development Bank 300,100.00
Capacity Development Technical Assistance Technical Assistance 9794 03 Jun 2022 IBM India Private Limited (INDIA) | #12, Subramanya Arcade, Bannerghatta Main Road, Bangalore, Karnataka 560029 India Asian Development Bank 167,000.00
Capacity Development Technical Assistance 9794 14 Apr 2021 99x Technology Limited (SRI LANKA) in association with AZERSOFT MMC (AZERBAIJAN) | 65 Walukarama Road, Sri Lanka Colombo 03 Western Province 003 Sri Lanka Asian Development Bank 246,689.00

Procurement Plan

None currently available.