Palau: COVID-19 Response for Affected Poor and Vulnerable Groups Project

Sovereign Project | 54196-001

The project aims to address the needs of poor and vulnerable groups affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). It will take a comprehensive approach to address the complex and varying levels of vulnerabilities affecting marginalized populations. All outputs are aligned with the_common objective of improving the capability of vulnerable groups to withstand the impacts of COVID-19 by providing immediate assistance to these groups while positioning them to achieve higher levels of economic and social well-being post-COVID-19. The project will (i) respond to the immediate physical, mental, social, and environmental needs of home-bound older people_and persons with disabilities (PWD) who are highly vulnerable to COVID-19; (ii) boost local food security and help smallholder agriculture producers generate income; and (iii) help address family and gender-based violence.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Carandang, Ninebeth S.
    Pacific Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Palau
  • Sector
    • Public sector management
Project Name COVID-19 Response for Affected Poor and Vulnerable Groups Project
Project Number 54196-001
Country / Economy Palau
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0796-PAL: COVID-19 Response for Affected Poor and Vulnerable Groups Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 766,442.00
Grant 0797-PAL: COVID-19 Response for Affected Poor and Vulnerable Groups Project
Ireland Trust Fund for Building Climate Change and Disaster Resilience in Small Island Developing States US$ 550,000.00
Grant 9220-PAL: COVID-19 Response for Affected Poor and Vulnerable Groups Project
Japan Fund for Prosperous and Resilient Asia and the Pacific US$ 2.40 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management / Social protection initiatives

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Description The project aims to address the needs of poor and vulnerable groups affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). It will take a comprehensive approach to address the complex and varying levels of vulnerabilities affecting marginalized populations. All outputs are aligned with the_common objective of improving the capability of vulnerable groups to withstand the impacts of COVID-19 by providing immediate assistance to these groups while positioning them to achieve higher levels of economic and social well-being post-COVID-19. The project will (i) respond to the immediate physical, mental, social, and environmental needs of home-bound older people_and persons with disabilities (PWD) who are highly vulnerable to COVID-19; (ii) boost local food security and help smallholder agriculture producers generate income; and (iii) help address family and gender-based violence.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Although the Republic of Palau remains COVID-19 free, the pandemic has had a devastating impact on its tourism-dependent economy. An extended border closure began in March 2020 and has brought tourism to a standstill, resulting in the loss of over 3,200 jobs, or nearly 30% of formal employment. An estimated 1,200 of the jobs lost were held by women._Real per capita household incomes are projected to fall by 22.6% as a result of COVID-19 that could increase basic needs poverty rates from 19.4% in 2014 to 27.9% in FY2021._Although the government took prompt action and was able to attenuate severe hardship through its Coronavirus Relief One Stop Shop (CROSS) Act, persons with pre-existing vulnerabilities are being disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. These groups include older people and PWD, the poor, small agricultural producers, and victims of domestic and gender-based violence.
Impact

Adverse impacts of COVID-19 on poor and vulnerable groups are mitigated and their social and economic resilience strengthened

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Capabilities of poor and vulnerable households to withstand further impacts of COVID-19 improved.

Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Welfare support to highly at-risk older people and persons with disabilities implemented

Food security and income generating support delivered to small agricultural producers

Multidisciplinary responses to address family and gender-based violence implemented

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) Ongoing. Baseline assessment of beneficiaries completed. PMU consultants fully on board. Service provider engaged and undertaking assignments. Consulting firms to implement the social marketing plan for GBV (BANGO) and to carry out the case management service for GBV (SKO) were engaged in December 2021 and March 2022, respectively. Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant (Palau Conservation Society) was engaged in September 2022.
Geographical Location Nation-wide
Safeguard Categories
Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects Outputs 1 and 3 involve no civil works. Output 2 will involve minor renovations to existing structures to house the nursery in Aimeliik (old OISCA Farm)._There will be construction of a new building for the food processing center in Ngchesar._While there may be small-scale secondary processing during project operation, such activity will not be on an industrial scale, with the project using basic and simple machines. Thus, the waste stream will be insignificant and adequately handled through the local municipal authority. Overall, the project will result in low or minimal environmental impacts and will not pose any significant environmental risks.
Involuntary Resettlement No involuntary resettlement will result from the project. The plant nursery will be at an existing BOA facility in Nekken, and the processing center will be at an existing building owned by the Airai State Government. The project will not impact any indigenous peoples as defined under ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement.
Indigenous Peoples No land acquisition will result from the project. The plant nursery will be at an existing BOA facility in Nekken, and the processing center will be at an existing building owned by the Airai State Government. The project will not impact any indigenous peoples as defined under ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services An individual consultant (Food Processing Associate) will be recruited in Q1 2023. Recruitment of a Project Auditor (firm) is currently ongoing.
Procurement Request for Quotation (RFQ) method will be used for procurement of all civil works and goods packages.
Responsible ADB Officer Carandang, Ninebeth S.
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division PASP
Executing Agencies
Department of Finance and Treasury (formerly Department of Finance)
Ministry of Economy
Ministry of Finance
Timetable
Concept Clearance 24 Sep 2020
Fact Finding 16 Nov 2020 to 25 Nov 2020
MRM 13 Apr 2021
Approval 02 Aug 2021
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 02 Oct 2022

Grant 0796-PAL

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
02 Aug 2021 06 Aug 2021 29 Oct 2021 28 Feb 2025 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 0.82 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.77 28 Oct 2022 0.66 0.00 86%
Counterpart 0.05 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 28 Oct 2022 0.13 0.00 18%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Unsatisfactory - Unsatisfactory - Unsatisfactory

Grant 0797-PAL

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
02 Aug 2021 06 Aug 2021 29 Oct 2021 28 Feb 2025 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 0.55 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 28 Oct 2022 0.00 0.49 88%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.55 28 Oct 2022 0.00 0.08 15%

Grant 9220-PAL

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
02 Aug 2021 06 Aug 2021 29 Oct 2021 28 Feb 2025 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 2.40 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 28 Oct 2022 0.00 1.11 46%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 2.40 28 Oct 2022 0.00 0.43 18%

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Food Processing Associate Individual - Consulting Closed 10 Jun 2022 16 Jun 2022
Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant (National) Firm - Consulting Closed 31 May 2022 06 Jun 2022
Food Processing Technologist/Food Processing Center Manager Individual - Consulting Closed 21 May 2022 03 Jun 2022
Nursery Associate Individual - Consulting Closed 08 Mar 2022 06 Apr 2022
Agriculture Extension Officer Individual - Consulting Closed 08 Mar 2022 31 Mar 2022
Gender Specialist/Deputy Project Manager Individual - Consulting Closed 08 Oct 2021 21 Oct 2021
Social Protection Specialist/Project Manager Individual - Consulting Closed 23 Sep 2021 29 Sep 2021
Procurement Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 14 Sep 2021 30 Sep 2021
Financial Management Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 06 Jul 2021 30 Jul 2021
Social Marketing on GBV Prevention Consulting Firm Firm - Consulting Closed 22 Jun 2021 26 Jul 2021
Consulting Firm: Family Protection (Output 3) Firm - Consulting Closed 22 Jun 2021 26 Jul 2021

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor | Address Executing Agency Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
CS-09 Consulting Firm: Family Protection (Output 3) (SKO) Grant 0796 04 Mar 2022 Semsemel a Klengelakel Organization (SKO) | P O Box 1022 Koror Palau Ministry of Finance 286,000.00
CS-10 Social Marketing on GBV Prevention (BANGO) Grant 0796 20 Dec 2021 Belau Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (BANGO) | P.O. Box 3090 Koror Ministry of Finance 209,734.00
Contract for Financial Specialist (Carolyn Ngiraidis) Grant 9220 03 Dec 2021 Carolyn Ngiraidis | Ikoranges Ngerusar Koror Ministry of Finance 108,320.00
Contract for Social Protection Specialist/Project Manager (Meked Besebes) Grant 9220 03 Dec 2021 Meked Besebes | 1264 Smilch Ngerchemal Koror Ministry of Finance 130,860.00