Nepal : Knowledge Solutions and Institutional Strengthening for Sustainable Development

Sovereign Project | 54146-001

The TA will help ADB support Nepal's inclusive and sustainable development with knowledge solutions and institutional capacity development. The TA will focus on knowledge solutions such as analytical and diagnostic studies to inform strategies, plans and policies; institutional strengthening; and capacity development of executing and implementing agencies especially at the subnational level. The TA was included in Nepal Country Operations Business Plan (2020 - 202) as TA: Implementation of the Nepal Knowledge Plan and later merged with Institutional Reforms for Governance Risks Mitigation and Economic Policy and Planning for Subnational Risks Mitigation and renamed as Knowledge Solutions and Institutional Reforms for Sustainable Development.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Panday, Anjan
    South Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Nepal
  • Sector
    • Public sector management
Project Name
Knowledge Solutions and Institutional Strengthening for Sustainable Development
Project Number
54146-001
Country / Economy
  • Nepal
Project Status
Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6596-NEP: Knowledge Solutions and Institutional Strengthening for Sustainable Development
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.50 million
TA 6596-NEP: Knowledge Solutions and Institutional Strengthening for Sustainable Development (Supplementary)
Source Amount
High Level Technology Fund US$ 200,000.00
TA 6596-NEP: Knowledge Solutions and Institutional Strengthening for Sustainable Development (supplementary)
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 2.17 million
TA 6596-NEP: Knowledge Solutions and Institutional Strengthening for Sustainable Development (Supplementary)
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 400,000.00
Operational Priorities
  • OP1: Addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities
  • OP2: Accelerating progress in gender equality
  • OP3: Tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability
  • OP4: Making cities more livable
  • OP5: Promoting rural development and food security
  • OP6: Strengthening governance and institutional capacity
  • OP7: Fostering regional cooperation and integration
Sector / Subsector
  • Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Agricultural policy, institutional and capacity development

  • Education / Education sector development

  • Energy / Energy sector development and institutional reform

  • Finance / Finance sector development

  • Health / Health sector development and reform

  • Industry and trade / Industry and trade sector development

  • Information and communication technology / ICT industries and ICT-enabled services

  • Public sector management / Economic affairs management - Public administration - Public expenditure and fiscal management

  • Transport / Transport policies and institutional development

  • Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Other urban services - Urban policy, institutional and capacity development - Urban solid waste management - Urban water supply

Gender
Some gender elements
Description
The TA will help ADB support Nepal's inclusive and sustainable development with knowledge solutions and institutional capacity development. The TA will focus on knowledge solutions such as analytical and diagnostic studies to inform strategies, plans and policies; institutional strengthening; and capacity development of executing and implementing agencies especially at the subnational level. The TA was included in Nepal Country Operations Business Plan (2020 - 202) as TA: Implementation of the Nepal Knowledge Plan and later merged with Institutional Reforms for Governance Risks Mitigation and Economic Policy and Planning for Subnational Risks Mitigation and renamed as Knowledge Solutions and Institutional Reforms for Sustainable Development.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
The TA is proposed to implement the Country Knowledge Plan included in Nepal Country Partnership Strategy (2020 - 2024), that focuses on (i) policy advisory services with diagnostic studies and assessments of good practice models, including the feasibility of new technologies, appropriate for Nepal; (ii) planning and implementation mechanisms for inclusive and sustainable delivery of quality infrastructure and social services, especially at the subnational levels; and (iii) capacity development of relevant stakeholders.
Impact

Knowledge, skills, technology, and human and physical capital enhanced (Nepal Fifteenth Plan)

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome

Design and implementation of development policies, strategies, programs, and projects improved

Progress Toward Outcome
The TA is in its second year of implementation. Several proposals have been approved by ADB and the Government. Implementation of one of the studies is ongoing.

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs

Knowledge solutions produced and events organized for inclusive and sustainable development.

Policies, strategies, and plans to improve institutional capacity of public institutions prepared.

Skills, capacity, and knowledge of government officials and other stakeholders enhanced.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

- Consultant recruitments are ongoing for approved proposal and several other proposals are under review.

- The additional allocation $1.82 million under the TA is expected to be approved by August 2022.

Geographical Location
Nation-wide

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation

During Project Design
Consultation with line agencies undertaken to determine the scope and priorities of the Government.
During Project Implementation
Proposals for studies under the KSTA is submitted by the relevant government agencies and finalized in consultation amongst ADB and the Government.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services

To be selected and engaged by ADB:

Individual: Framework agreement or individual selection.

Depends on the nature of the knowledge work and will be included in the proposals submitted to the TA advisory committee for approval.

Procurement
Goods will be procured by ADB and/or consultant following ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions.

Contact

Responsible ADB Officer
Panday, Anjan
Responsible ADB Department
South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division
Nepal Resident Mission (NRM)
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance

Timetable

Concept Clearance
10 Aug 2020
Fact Finding
12 Aug 2020 to 21 Aug 2020
MRM
-
Approval
06 Nov 2020
Last Review Mission
-
Last PDS Update
07 Jul 2022

Funding

TA 6596-NEP

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
06 Nov 2020 22 Dec 2020 22 Dec 2020 30 Nov 2025 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
4,070,000.00 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 4,270,000.00
Cumulative Disbursements
Date Amount
13 Feb 2024 1,910,374.39

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Title Document Type Document Date
Knowledge Solutions and Institutional Strengthening for Sustainable Development: Technical Assistance Report Technical Assistance Reports Nov 2020

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards
Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

None currently available.


Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Research Economist Individual - Consulting Closed
ADB Exporter Survey (Nepal) Individual - Consulting Closed
Knowledge Solutions and Institutional Strengthening for Sustainable Development-Resource Mapping and Growth Diagnostic Study in Lumbini Province and Strengthening Project Bank in Gandaki Province Firm - Consulting Closed
Knowledge Solutions and Institutional Strengthening for Sustainable Development- Phase 1: Provincial GDP (PGDP) Assignment-Fund Manager Individual - Consulting Closed
Evaluation Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Infrastructure Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Procurement/Account Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
GESI Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Knowledge Solutions and Institutional Strengthening for Sustainable Development - Nepal: Sudurpaschim Integrated Economic and Tourism Development Study Firm - Consulting Closed
Knowledge Solutions and Institutional Strengthening for Sustainable Development - eGP: System Analyst Individual - Consulting Closed
Knowledge Solutions and Institutional Strengthening for Sustainable Development - e-GP: Functional Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Asset Management System in Lekhnath Water Supply System (AMSLWSS) Firm - Consulting Closed
Knowledge Solutions and Institutional Strengthening for Sustainable Development-Engineering Geologist for Melamchi Water Supply Project Study Individual - Consulting Closed
Knowledge Solutions and Institutional Strengthening for Sustainable Development - Team Leader cum River Morphology Expert for Melamchi Water Supply Project Study Individual - Consulting Closed
Knowledge Solutions and Institutional Strengthening for Sustainable Development-Geomorphologist for Melamchi Water Supply Project Study Individual - Consulting Closed
Knowledge Solutions and Institutional Strengthening for Sustainable Development-Hydrologist for Melamchi Water Supply Project Study Individual - Consulting Closed
Knowledge Solutions and Institutional Strengthening for Sustainable Development Individual - Consulting Closed

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor | Address Executing Agency Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
Policy and Advisory Technical Assistance Technical Assistance 6596 07 Mar 2023 Oriental Consultants Global Co., Ltd. (JAPAN) in association with Total Management Services (NEPAL) | 20-2 Nishishinjuku, 3-chome 163-1409 Tokyo, Japan Ministry of Finance 497,980.00
Policy and Advisory Technical Assistance Technical Assistance 6596 21 Sep 2022 BGC Engineering Inc. (CANADA) in association with Gygax Engineering Associates Ltd. (CANADA) | 500-980 Howe St Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 0C8 Canada Ministry of Finance 677,114.00
Policy and Advisory Technical Assistance Technical Assistance 6596 05 Aug 2022 Nobel Systems, Inc. (U.S.A.) | 1030 Nevada St Ste 202 Redlands, San Bernardino, California 92374 United States Ministry of Finance 180,886.00

Procurement Plan

None currently available.