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

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

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
  • Palau
Sector
  • Public sector management
 
Project Name COVID-19 Response for Affected Poor and Vulnerable Groups Project
Project Number 54196-001
Country Palau
Project Status Proposed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant: COVID-19 Response for Affected Poor and Vulnerable Groups
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 766,442.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Agricultural production

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

Geographical Location 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 16 Nov 2020 to 25 Nov 2020
MRM 13 Apr 2021
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 07 Jun 2021

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Financial Management Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 06 Jul 2021 30 Jul 2021
Social Protection Specialist/Project Manager Individual - Consulting Closed 06 Jul 2021 30 Jul 2021
Procurement Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 06 Jul 2021 30 Jul 2021
Gender Specialist/Deputy Project Manager 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

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