Regional : Strengthening ADB's Safeguard Policy Provisions and Procedures

Sovereign Project | 54203-001

The knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will strengthen the Safeguard Policy Statement (SPS) policy provisions and procedures to enhance its effectiveness and relevance to the changing needs of the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) borrowers and clients, and develop the capacity of developing member countries (DMCs) to uphold safeguards in development projects. It will take into consideration the recommendations of the Independent Evaluation Department's (IED) Corporate Evaluation on the effectiveness of the 2009 SPS in achieving ADB's safeguard objectives. The TA is aligned with the first operational priority of Strategy 2030 on addressing remaining poverty and inequality; and the sixth operational priority on strengthening governance and institutional capacity in relation to upholding safeguards.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Gupta, Madhumita
    Office of Safeguards
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Regional
  • Sector
    • Multisector
Project Name
Strengthening ADB's Safeguard Policy Provisions and Procedures
Project Number
54203-001
Country / Economy
  • Regional
Project Status
Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6577-REG: Strengthening ADB's Safeguard Policy Provisions and Procedures
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
TA 6577-REG: Strengthening ADB's Safeguard Policy Provisions and Procedures
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
TA 6577-REG: Strengthening ADB's Safeguard Policy Provisions and Procedures
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 400,000.00
TA 6577-REG: Strengthening ADB's Safeguard Policy Provisions and Procedures
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.50 million
Operational Priorities
  • OP2: Accelerating progress in gender equality
  • OP3: Tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability
  • OP6: Strengthening governance and institutional capacity
Sector / Subsector
  • Multisector / ADB's corporate management, policy and strategy development

Gender
Some gender elements
Description
The knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will strengthen the Safeguard Policy Statement (SPS) policy provisions and procedures to enhance its effectiveness and relevance to the changing needs of the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) borrowers and clients, and develop the capacity of developing member countries (DMCs) to uphold safeguards in development projects. It will take into consideration the recommendations of the Independent Evaluation Department's (IED) Corporate Evaluation on the effectiveness of the 2009 SPS in achieving ADB's safeguard objectives. The TA is aligned with the first operational priority of Strategy 2030 on addressing remaining poverty and inequality; and the sixth operational priority on strengthening governance and institutional capacity in relation to upholding safeguards. The TA concept was endorsed during the corporate priority framework meeting in November 2019 and is included in the 2020 management approved results-based work plan of the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department (SDCC).
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The ADB Board approved the SPS in July 2009 and it came into effect in January 2010. The SPS consolidated three previous policies on environment, involuntary resettlement, and

indigenous peoples. The SPS (para 82) mandated a policy review by IED five years after becoming effective to assess its effectiveness in achieving ADB's objectives. The IED 2019

corporate evaluation was preceded by an operational review of the SPS in 2014 and 2016.

Over the past 10 years, ADB has made significant efforts to improve the capacity of DMCs and its clients to manage social and environment risks. At the same time, the country context, development needs, systems, and capacities of DMCs and clients have evolved considerably. ADB has rolled out new lending instruments (i.e. policy-based loan, results-based loan, and other new lending modalities) which require different approaches in assessing and managing safeguards risks. Between 20102018, the size of ADB's portfolio doubled, with increase private sector financing; and non-infrastructure sector projects (health, education, technical vocational education and training), where the capacities of the executing and implementing agencies are weak. The shift from predominately standalone investment projects to a more diverse portfolio including multitranche financing facility, policy-based loans, and results-based lending, wherein interlinkages between social and environment risks are complex, and processing times are shorter, create challenges for current safeguard processes and resources. The SPS did not anticipate the current increases in private sector financing, greater diversity in the use of financial intermediaries, general corporate finance

loans, private equity investments and other innovative financing modalities. Furthermore, for the Strategy 2030 period, there is a need to consider the suitability of the existing safeguard policy framework to fragile and conflict affected situations (FCAS) and small island developing states (SIDS). Thus, there is a need to examine whether the current SPS provisions remain relevant and robust enough to ensure SPS policy objectives are fully implemented.

Impact

Implementation of environment and social safeguards in ADB projects improved

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome

Governance framework in DMCs to uphold environment and social safeguards in ADB projects improved

Progress Toward Outcome
On 7 September 2023, the draft Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) was disclosed for public comments until 6 May 2024.

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs

ADB's safeguard policies strengthened

Safeguards policy procedures streamlined and requirements improved

Stakeholder engagement plan implemented

Preparatory measures for roll-out of the revised safeguard policy implemented

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
The draft ESF was developed on analytical and benchmarking studies, with feedback from governments, civil society organizations, private sector clients, and project-affected people during the regional and in-country consultations held from June 2021 to March 2023.To further enrich the draft ESF, a new round of consultations will be held between November 2023 and May 2024.For more details, please visit https://www.adb.org/who-we-are/safeguards/safeguard-policy-review-en.
Geographical Location
Regional

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation

During Project Design
During Project Implementation

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services
TBD
Procurement
TBD

Contact

Responsible ADB Officer
Gupta, Madhumita
Responsible ADB Department
Office of Safeguards
Responsible ADB Division
Office of Safeguards
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank

Timetable

Concept Clearance
14 Jul 2020
Fact Finding
01 Sep 2020 to 15 Sep 2020
MRM
-
Approval
15 Oct 2020
Last Review Mission
-
Last PDS Update
16 Apr 2024

Funding

TA 6577-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
15 Oct 2020 - 15 Oct 2020 31 Dec 2022 31 Mar 2025 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
4,400,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 4,400,000.00
Cumulative Disbursements
Date Amount
25 Jun 2024 3,310,173.62

Project Data Sheets (PDS) contain summary information on the project or program. Because the PDS is a work in progress, some information may not be included in its initial version but will be added as it becomes available. Information about proposed projects is tentative and indicative.

The Access to Information Policy (AIP) recognizes that transparency and accountability are essential to development effectiveness. It establishes the disclosure requirements for documents and information ADB produces or requires to be produced.

The Accountability Mechanism provides a forum where people adversely affected by ADB-assisted projects can voice and seek solutions to their problems and report alleged noncompliance of ADB's operational policies and procedures.

In preparing any country program or strategy, financing any project, or by making any designation of, or reference to, a particular territory or geographic area in this document, the Asian Development Bank does not intend to make any judgments as to the legal or other status of any territory or area.

Title Document Type Document Date
Strengthening ADB's Safeguard Policy Provisions and Procedures: Technical Assistance Report Technical Assistance Reports Oct 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

None currently available.


Related Publications

None currently available.


The Access to Information Policy (AIP) establishes the disclosure requirements for documents and information ADB produces or requires to be produced in its operations to facilitate stakeholder participation in ADB's decision-making. For more information, refer to the Safeguard Policy Statement, Operations Manual F1, and Operations Manual L3.

Requests for information may also be directed to the InfoUnit.

Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Communications and Outreach Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Knowledge and Communications Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Safeguard Policy Architecture Individual - Consulting Closed
Knowledge Management Associate Individual - Consulting Closed
Social Safeguards Technical Guidance Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Development Communications Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Safeguards Technical Guidance Specialist (Stakeholder Engagement) Individual - Consulting Closed
Cultural Heritage Standards Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Knowledge Management Associate Individual - Consulting Closed
Knowledge Management Associate Individual - Consulting Closed
Social Media Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Development Communications Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Climate Change Policy Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
National Stakeholder Engagement and External Relations Consultant Individual - Consulting Closed
National Stakeholder Engagement and External Relations Consultant Individual - Consulting Closed
Lead Advisor Social Safeguards: SPS Review and Update Individual - Consulting Closed
Study on Gender and Safeguards Individual - Consulting Closed
Grievance Redress Management System - Resource Person Individual - Consulting Closed
National Stakeholder Engagement and External Relations Consultant Individual - Consulting Closed
Climate Change Consultant - Benchmarking Study on Climate Change and Safeguards Individual - Consulting Closed
Cultural Heritage Standards Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
SPS Review and Update - Lead Advisor Individual - Consulting Closed
Stakeholder Engagement and Communications Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Air Quality Standards Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Team Leader- Stakeholder Engagement for ADB’s Safeguard Policy Review Individual - Consulting Closed
Social Expert for the SPS Review and Update Project Individual - Consulting Closed
Environment Expert for the SPS Review and Update Project Individual - Consulting Closed
Environmental Standards Benchmarking Study on Environmental Assessment and Pollution Prevention Individual - Consulting Closed
Review of Environmental Flows as part of the SPS Update Individual - Consulting Closed
Biodiversity Offsetting Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Senior Stakeholder Engagement Specialist for ADB’s Safeguard Policy Review Individual - Consulting Closed
Environmental Standards Benchmarking Study on Resource Efficiency and Pollution Prevention and Control Individual - Consulting Closed
Safeguards Policy Update Technical Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Community Health and Safety Study Individual - Consulting Closed
Study on Valuation Systems and Practices during Land Acquisition in ADB-financed Projects Individual - Consulting Closed
Team Leader- Consultations for ADB’s Safeguard Policy Review Individual - Consulting Closed
TA Administrative Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed
Indigenous Peoples Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Consultation Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Strengthening ADB's Safeguard Policy Provisions and Procedures - SPU Coordination Consultant Individual - Consulting Closed
Development Communication Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Administrative Assistant (Stakeholder Engagement) Individual - Consulting Closed

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor | Address Executing Agency Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
KSTA Technical Assistance 6577 19 Jul 2021 Araujo Ana Paula | Rua D. Telo n16, Mazarefes, 4935-496, Viana do Castelo, Mazarefes, PortugalMobile: +351 93 282 9272 Asian Development Bank 116,800.00
KSTA Technical Assistance 6577 16 Jul 2021 MANN ELIZABETH | 11 Eccles Rd., Holt, Norfolk NR256HJ, UK, Tel - + 44 0 1263 712401, Mob - 0 7976 308261 Asian Development Bank 140,600.00

Procurement Plan

None currently available.