Regional: Strengthening Urban Investment Planning and Capacity for Project Preparation and Implementation in Central and West Asia
The TA is aligned with the following impact: integrated urban planning and development in Central and West Asia improved. The TA will have the following outcome: urban sector project identification, preparation and implementation improved in Central and West Asia. The outputs are: (i) national urban assessments prepared and aligned with ADB's CPS cycle; (ii) access to information and knowledge increased; and (iii) project identification, formulation, preparation and implementation strengthened.
Central and West Asia Department
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- Water and other urban infrastructure and services
|Project Name||Strengthening Urban Investment Planning and Capacity for Project Preparation and Implementation in Central and West Asia|
|Country / Economy||Regional
|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
Private sector development
|Sector / Subsector||
Information and communication technology / ICT industries and ICT-enabled services
Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Urban policy, institutional and capacity development
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Some gender elements|
|Description||The TA is aligned with the following impact: integrated urban planning and development in Central and West Asia improved. The TA will have the following outcome: urban sector project identification, preparation and implementation improved in Central and West Asia. The outputs are: (i) national urban assessments prepared and aligned with ADB's CPS cycle; (ii) access to information and knowledge increased; and (iii) project identification, formulation, preparation and implementation strengthened.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
Cities in Central and West Asia have unprecedented opportunities to transform human wellbeing and catalyze economic development by 2030. At the same time, they face several development challenges in managing rapid urbanization including growing infrastructure deficits, increasing risks of climate change and disasters, environmental stress, limited institutional capacities, and lack of interagency coordination. While these challenges are often most apparent and difficult to address in urban settings, there is limited analytical work in the urban sector for the developing member countries (DMCs) in Central and West Asia. This leads to: (i) unplanned growth, (ii) contradicting development priorities, and (iii) deficient ownership. Robust and timely urban sector assessment is key to understanding major sector issues facing these individual countries to help guide policy formulation and ADB's strategic urban interventions.
ADB has supported the DMCs with sector analysis, urban policy development, and project preparatory assessments through technical assistance projects that are not always aligned with the country partnership strategy (CPS) cycle. Processing and administering stand-alone country-specific technical assistance projects of similar nature and objective can be inefficient and time consuming. Designed to provide an overarching analytical framework and strategic context for integrated urban development, National Urban Assessment (NUA) would analyze the urbanization process and identify the main environmental, social, and economic development issues relating to the urban sector, ADB's value addition, and new areas of ADB support to make cities more livable (green, competitive, resilient and inclusive) in line with Strategy 2030. A dedicated regional technical assistance to support the preparation of NUAs will help establish ADB's continuous upstream sector involvement, inform country partnership strategy (CPS), and identify new areas of engagement to ensure high impact and sustainable project pipeline.
With the advent of digital economy, open platforms for seamless client, partner, and staff engagement and connected data are envisioned under ADB's Digital Agenda 2030. Development is also about knowledge, and data amplifies the power of development assistance as the building block of knowledge. Data-driven analytics and evidence-based decision making will help pave the way for strategic dialogue, better policy formulation and informed project identification and preparation that lead to impactful and sustainable development. Under Strategy 2030, ADB is set to strengthen its role as a knowledge provider and will bring more value to the DMCs by combining finance and knowledge. A platform that provides DMCs and ADB staff access to key urban data and indicators will build the knowledge base for ADB's urban operations and catalyze collaboration and innovation.
With the rapid growth and complexity of DMCs's ADB-funded urban operations, the requests for ad hoc, urgent project assistance and the need for higher efficiency have grown. Currently, it is difficult to timely mobilize resources to accommodate such requests and needs. A programmatic (and yet flexible) approach to channel resources within ADB to assist the DMCs with project preparation and implementation will help reduce the risk of delays and missed targets and improve efficiency of project delivery.
|Impact||Integrated urban planning and development in Central and West Asia improved.|
|Description of Outcome||Urban sector project identification, preparation and implementation improved in Central and West Asia|
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|Description of Project Outputs||
National urban assessment reports prepared
Urban knowledge hub established
Project preparation and implementation strengthened
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)|
|Geographical Location||Afghanistan - Nation-wide; Armenia - Nation-wide; Azerbaijan - Nation-wide; Georgia - Nation-wide; Kazakhstan - Nation-wide; Kyrgyz Republic - Nation-wide; Pakistan - Nation-wide; Tajikistan - Nation-wide; Turkmenistan - Nation-wide; Uzbekistan - Nation-wide|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Lu, Xijie|
|Responsible ADB Department||Central and West Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Urban Development and Water Division, CWRD|
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
|Approval||31 Oct 2019|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||13 Nov 2019|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|31 Oct 2019||-||31 Oct 2019||30 Jan 2022||30 Jan 2023||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|225,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||225,000.00||17 Jun 2022||125,759.79|
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