Papua New Guinea : Highlands Region Road Improvement Investment Program (Phase 2)

Sovereign Project | 53406-001

The program will be a continuation of the Highlands Region Road Improvement Investment Program (Phase 1) and it will improve about 465 km of roads of the Highlands core road network.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Kalliokoski, Ari
    Pacific Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Papua New Guinea
  • Sector
    • Transport
Project Name Highlands Region Road Improvement Investment Program (Phase 2)
Project Number 53406-001
Country / Economy Papua New Guinea
Project Status Dropped / Terminated
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
MFF Facility Concept: Second Highlands Region Road Improvement Investment Program
Ordinary capital resources US$ 680.00 million
Concessional ordinary capital resources lending US$ 40.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The program will be a continuation of the Highlands Region Road Improvement Investment Program (Phase 1) and it will improve about 465 km of roads of the Highlands core road network.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The proposed program is essential to improving access in the Highlands Region. Second, the program will provide a platform to facilitate a transformational impact on addressing the remaining sector challenges, such as capacity, governance, climate changes and maintenance related issues. Third, the program will support the government's target to improve the condition of the priority national network to expand access and support economic and social development, including mainstreaming the gender aspects. The program is aligned with ADB''s Country Partnership Strategy for Papua New Guinea, 2016-2020, and is included in the Country Operations Business Plan for Papua New Guinea, 2020-2022 which both aim to support more efficient, and safer movement of people and goods.

Quality of service delivery in rural districts improved.

Socio-economic activities enhanced by a good transport infrastructure.

Road safety along the national road network improved.

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Road transport efficiency and accessibility for people, goods, and services increased in the Highlands Region.

Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Existing roads in Highlands region improved.

Social and livelihood programs implemented and facilities upgraded along the project roads.

Road safety of the project roads increased.

Road sustainability program implemented.

Institutional capacity of the DOW strengthened.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Chimbu Province, Eastern Highlands Province, Enga Province, Hela, Jiwaka, Morobe Province
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The program is proposed as category B for environment. Road improvement works under the project will not cause any significant or lasting adverse environmental impacts, which are restricted mainly to construction activities. An Environmental Assessment and Review Framework (EARF) and separate Initial Environment Examinations (IEEs) and EMPs are being prepared to mitigate foreseen risks. The PRF supporting this program will undertake these environmental and social due diligence implementation by January 2021 to minimize the risk of unanticipated environmental and land acquisition issues that may arise during project implementation.
Involuntary Resettlement The program is proposed as category B for involuntary resettlement. Road improvement works will be undertaken along existing road carriages. Social safeguards impacts are not expected to be significant as the program may only require additional strips of land for road widening and other improvements. By January 2021, a Resettlement Framework will be prepared for the entire program and Resettlement Plan for the first and succeeding tranches to address any impacts.
Indigenous Peoples The program is proposed as category C for indigenous peoples (IPs). It will not have any impact on distinct and vulnerable groups of IPs as defined by ADB Social Safeguard Policy (2009). It has no potential to directly or indirectly affect the dignity, human rights, livelihood systems, or culture of IPs. It will not affect the territories or natural and cultural resources, which IPs own, use, occupy or claim as their ancestral domain. It will also not require broad community support of affected IPs. An Indigenous Peoples Planning Framework will be prepared as part of the due diligence process.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The main stakeholders of the program include government agencies (local and provincial government and administration), community chiefs, road users, business community, international nongovernment organizations (NGOs), national civil society organizations (CSOs), women's groups, farmers' cooperatives, and other community groups and potentially affected persons. During the project design, the project team will ensure their participation during consultations and project awareness activities. Stakeholder analysis will be undertaken to identify important stakeholders such as poor and vulnerable groups and their concerns, roles, and influence in the program. Public meetings and focus group discussions will be utilized to communicate and consult with stakeholders to get their views and suggestions on the proposed program and how its benefits to them could be maximized. CSOs such as women's groups, youth groups, and churches will be identified at local level and included in consultations including those for a national road safety strategy/plan. These CSOs will provide channels for communication with affected communities to ensure wider understanding of potential impacts and opportunities from the program. Also, opportunities for income generating activities will be consulted with the affected persons and consider in the program design.
During Project Implementation A Stakeholder Communication Plan will be implemented during project implementation. All key stakeholders, including poor and other vulnerable groups will be involved and consulted on key items affecting them.
Responsible ADB Officer Kalliokoski, Ari
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division PATC
Concept Clearance 24 Jun 2020
Fact Finding 04 Jan 2023 to 19 Jan 2023
MRM 31 Jan 2023
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 01 Jul 2020

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Title Document Type Document Date
Highlands Region Road Improvement Investment Program (Phase 2): Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Jun 2020

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