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Regional: Strengthening ADB's Safeguard Policy Provisions and Procedures

Sovereign (Public) Project | 54203-001 Status: Active

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
Abbas, Zehra Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department Request for information
Country
  • Regional
Sector
  • Multisector
 
Project Name Strengthening ADB's Safeguard Policy Provisions and Procedures
Project Number 54203-001
Country 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
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Multisector / ADB's corporate management, policy and strategy development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming 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 2010 2018, 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
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)
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
Responsible ADB Officer Abbas, Zehra
Responsible ADB Department Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department
Responsible ADB Division SDSS
Timetable
Concept Clearance 14 Jul 2020
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 15 Oct 2020
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 15 Oct 2020

TA 6577-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
15 Oct 2020 - 15 Oct 2020 31 Dec 2022 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
2,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,000,000.00 15 Oct 2020 0.00

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.

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
Indigenous Peoples Specialist Individual - Consulting Active 08 Jan 2021 24 Jan 2021
Consultation Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 18 Dec 2020 08 Jan 2021
Strengthening ADB's Safeguard Policy Provisions and Procedures - SPU Coordination Consultant Individual - Consulting Closed 09 Dec 2020 15 Dec 2020
Administrative Assistant (Stakeholder Engagement) Individual - Consulting Closed 30 Nov 2020 06 Dec 2020
Development Communication Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 30 Nov 2020 13 Dec 2020
Stakeholder Engagement and Communications Expert/Team Leader Individual - Consulting Closed 30 Nov 2020 13 Dec 2020

Contracts Awarded

No contracts awarded for this project were found

Procurement Plan

None currently available.