Regional : Strengthening ADB's Safeguard Policy Provisions and Procedures
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.
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|Project Name||Strengthening ADB's Safeguard Policy Provisions and Procedures|
|Country / Economy||Regional
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|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
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
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 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.
Implementation of environment and social safeguards in ADB projects improved
|Description of Outcome||
Governance framework in DMCs to uphold environment and social safeguards in ADB projects improved
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|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)|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Abbas, Zehra|
|Responsible ADB Department||Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||SDSS|
Asian Development Bank
|Concept Clearance||14 Jul 2020|
|Fact Finding||01 Sep 2020 to 15 Sep 2020|
|Approval||15 Oct 2020|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||15 Oct 2020|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|15 Oct 2020||-||15 Oct 2020||31 Dec 2022||31 Oct 2023||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|2,900,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||2,900,000.00||05 Dec 2022||1,972,275.45|
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.
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.
|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||—|
None currently available.