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
  • Approval Date
    2 August 2021
  • 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 Approved
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 Poverty Reduction US$ 2.40 million
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
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)
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 02 Aug 2021
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 03 Aug 2021

Grant 0796-PAL

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
02 Aug 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 18 Oct 2021 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 0.05 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 18 Oct 2021 0.00 0.00 0%

Grant 0797-PAL

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
02 Aug 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 18 Oct 2021 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.55 18 Oct 2021 0.00 0.00 0%

Grant 9220-PAL

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
02 Aug 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 18 Oct 2021 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 2.40 18 Oct 2021 0.00 0.00 0%

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Gender Specialist/Deputy Project Manager Individual - Consulting Active 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

No contracts awarded for this project were found