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Regional: Strengthening Urban Investment Planning and Capacity for Project Preparation and Implementation in Central and West Asia

Sovereign (Public) Project | 53381-001 Status: Active

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 Details

Project Officer
Xijie Lu Central and West Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Regional
Sector
  • 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
Project Number 53381-001
Country Regional
Afghanistan
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Georgia
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyz Republic
Pakistan
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9856-REG: Strengthening Urban Investment Planning and Capacity for Project Preparation and Implementation in Central West Asia
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 225,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
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.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Urban sector project identification, preparation and implementation improved in Central and West Asia
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
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
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Responsible ADB Officer Xijie Lu
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban Development and Water Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 31 Oct 2019
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 13 Nov 2019

TA 9856-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
31 Oct 2019 - 31 Oct 2019 30 Jan 2022 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
225,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 225,000.00 31 Oct 2019 0.00

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