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Regional: COVID-19 Response for Affected Poor and Vulnerable Groups in the Pacific

Sovereign (Public) Project | 54196-001 Status: Proposed

The project is designed to prevent the poor and vulnerable groups from experiencing further marginalization and falling further into poverty including other affected households at risk of becoming poor with prolonged impacts of COVID-19. This project will complement and add value to other ADB assistance and COVID-19 humanitarian responses by focusing on the most vulnerable in addressing the short-term and medium-term impacts of the pandemic. The project has taken an innovative approach to bundle different types of interventions to more comprehensively respond to the needs of affected groups. Further, it will build the capacity of the existing social protection systems by exploring linkages with existing social protection programs. The project will focus on Fiji, Palau and Vanuatu. These are countries affected by COVID-19 largely from income and employment effects and consequent social impacts.

Project Details

Project Officer
Carandang, Ninebeth S. Pacific Department Request for information
Country
  • Regional
Sector
  • Public sector management
 
Project Name COVID-19 Response for Affected Poor and Vulnerable Groups in the Pacific
Project Number 54196-001
Country Regional
Palau
Vanuatu
Project Status Proposed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant: COVID-19 Response Project for Affected Vulnerable Groups in the Pacific
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 1.37 million
Strategic Agendas 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 Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The project is designed to prevent the poor and vulnerable groups from experiencing further marginalization and falling further into poverty including other affected households at risk of becoming poor with prolonged impacts of COVID-19. This project will complement and add value to other ADB assistance and COVID-19 humanitarian responses by focusing on the most vulnerable in addressing the short-term and medium-term impacts of the pandemic. The project has taken an innovative approach to bundle different types of interventions to more comprehensively respond to the needs of affected groups. Further, it will build the capacity of the existing social protection systems by exploring linkages with existing social protection programs. The project will focus on Fiji, Palau and Vanuatu. These are countries affected by COVID-19 largely from income and employment effects and consequent social impacts. The proposed outputs are elaborated below and will apply to participating countries based on their existing needs.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy There are 18 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) confirmed cases and no reported deaths from Pacific developing member countries (DMCs). This refers to 16 cases in Fiji and 2 in Papua New Guinea (as of 12 April 2020). The Pacific DMCs were quick to impose precautionary measures and avail of immediate support from international organizations to prevent the spread of the virus given the region's high risk and vulnerability from disease outbreaks. The health system in the region is weak mostly affected by limited access to quality health services, lack of health facilities and inadequate trained workforce. Lack of adequate infection control in hospitals would risk the spread of infections to other patients. There is also a high risk of the virus spreading quickly due to the communal living situations and extended family arrangements in the society. Unfortunately, most Pacific countries do not have the needed laboratory equipment to analyze the tests on site further posing difficulties to identify cases. Hence, unprecedented increase in COVID-19 cases in the Pacific will potentially result to health system's collapse. The current impacts of COVID-19 in the region are largely from economic disruption. However, potential reduction in public health and essential health care services with the rise of COVID-19 cases could result to severe illnesses including indirect deaths that will deepen impacts on poverty.
Impact Adverse social and economic impacts of COVID-19 to poor and vulnerable groups are mitigated.
Outcome Capabilities of poor and vulnerable households in Palau and Vanuatu to withstand further impacts of COVID-19 improved.
Outputs Welfare support to highly at-risk vulnerable groups implemented
Geographical Location Palau - Nation-wide; Vanuatu - Nation-wide
Safeguard Categories
Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
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 Carandang, Ninebeth S.
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division PASP
Executing Agencies
Department of Finance and Treasury (formerly Department of Finance)
Private Mail Bag 9031
Port Vila, Shefa Province
Republic of Vanuatu
Ministry of Economy
Level 5x Ro Lalabalavu House
370 Victoria Parade
Suva, Fiji
Ministry of Finance
3rd Floor, Executive Bldg, ROP Capitol
Ngerulmud, Melekeok State,P.O. Box 6011
Koror, PW 96940, Republic of Palau
Timetable
Concept Clearance 24 Sep 2020
Fact Finding 14 Sep 2020 to 18 Sep 2020
MRM 19 Oct 2020
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 30 Sep 2020

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