Regional : Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 through Community-Led Interventions

Sovereign Project | 54368-001

This knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) supports the implementation of measures to prepare for and respond to needs arising from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) by civil society organizations (CSOs), including community-based organizations and nongovernment organizations (NGOs). The TA supports civil society organizations (CSOs) to provide services in three areas: (i) community-based mitigation and prevention activities; (ii) social protection for vulnerable communities, including elderly care; and (iii) economic support for those with livelihoods affected by COVID-19. The TA focuses on opportunities for the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to create new partnerships with CSOs in several countries where civil society activity in the COVID-19 response complements the ADB portfolio.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Best, Marina Rose
    Climate Change and Sustainable Development Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Regional
  • Sector
    • Health
Project Name
Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 through Community-Led Interventions
Project Number
54368-001
Country / Economy
  • Regional
  • Armenia
  • Cambodia
  • Cook Islands
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Mongolia
  • Philippines
  • Thailand
Project Status
Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6594-REG: Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 through Community-Led Interventions
Source Amount
Japan Fund for Prosperous and Resilient Asia and the Pacific US$ 2.00 million
TA 6594-REG: Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 through Community-Led Interventions
Source Amount
Republic of Korea e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund US$ 750,000.00
People's Republic of China Poverty Reduction and Regional Cooperation Fund US$ 1.00 million
Regional Cooperation and Integration Fund US$ 730,000.00
Operational Priorities
  • OP1: Addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities
  • OP2: Accelerating progress in gender equality
  • OP6: Strengthening governance and institutional capacity
  • OP7: Fostering regional cooperation and integration
Sector / Subsector
  • Health / Disease control of communicable disease

Gender
Effective gender mainstreaming
Description

This knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) supports the implementation of measures to prepare for and respond to needs arising from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) by civil society organizations (CSOs), including community-based organizations and nongovernment organizations (NGOs). The TA supports civil society organizations (CSOs) to provide services in three areas: (i) community-based mitigation and prevention activities; (ii) social protection for vulnerable communities, including elderly care; and (iii) economic support for those with livelihoods affected by COVID-19. The TA focuses on opportunities for the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to create new partnerships with CSOs in several countries where civil society activity in the COVID-19 response complements the ADB portfolio.

On 29 June 2021, additional financing from the Republic of Korea e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund (EAKPF), People's Republic of China Poverty Reduction and Regional Cooperation Fund (PRCF), and the Regional Cooperation and Integration Fund (RCIF) was approved. The additional financing increased the TA amount from $2.0 million to $4.480 million and expands the TA coverage to engage an additional 5 CSOs, for a total of 10 CSOs across 7 of ADB's developing member countries (DMCs).

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The TA is aligned with ADB's Comprehensive Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and supports Strategy 2030's aims of engaging with CSOs in the delivery of development assistance.

The TA also supports Operational Priorities (OP) OP1, OP2, OP6, and OP7 under ADB's Strategy 2030.

Impact

Adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic reduced in selected communities Asia and the Pacific

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome

Collaboration with CSOs and community-based organizations in supporting COVID-19 affected communities increased

Progress Toward Outcome

Ten CSOs have signed contracts with ADB and begun implementation of their programs to support communities affected by COVID-19. Progress. The selected CSOs are in Armenia, Cambodia, the Cook Islands, Lao PDR, Mongolia, the Philippines, and Thailand.

Two CSOs have completed the implementation of their activities. The contract of the Cook Island CSO is now financially closed following the acceptance of its final report. One CSO in Mongolia has submitted the first draft of its final report. The 8 remaining CSO are winding up their activities in time. A Peer-to-Peer Learning event was successfully held on 20-21 September 2023 at ADB Headquarters. The event provided a venue for the sharing and exchange of experiences, good practice, successes and challenges among the CSOs that were implementing activities under the TA. It also was an opportunity for CSO partners to exchange views with ADB project staff in order to strengthen ADB's engagement and management of CSO-led projects.

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs

Community-based crisis prevention, mitigation, and adaptation capacity increased

Informal social protection programs stressed by COVID-19 impacts supported

Economic support provided for people with livelihoods affected by the COVID-19 pandemic

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

OUTPUT 1: As of 30 October 2023, 331 communities have been receiving support for increased capacity to implement COVID-19 prevention measures.

Engagement with some 331 communities in Mongolia (33), Cook Islands (31), Philippines (219), Armenia (15), Cambodia (18) , Lao PDR (5), and Thailand (10) has provided (i) training on online devices, livelihood and hygiene (in Mongolia), (ii) support for installing hand wash points and distributing PPEs (Cook Islands and Mongolia), (iii) awareness-raising on COVID-19 prevention (Cook Islands, Mongolia, Philippines), and (iv) support for COVID-19 contingency and preparedness planning (Philippines).

Community plans have been prepared covering some 213 communities, 196 of which directly address women and girls' needs.

OUTPUT 2: Food packs and basic needs were distributed to over 55,300 poor and vulnerable people in Armenia, Mongolia, Philippines and Cambodia/Thailand border communities. Over 55% are women and girls.

Various forms of social safety nets were provided by 173 community groups in Armenia (68), Mongolia (54), Philippines (36), Lao PDR (5) and Cambodia/Thailand border communities (10). Over 79% of these community groups are led by women.

In Mongolia, (i) hotline and telehealth services; (ii) counseling services for survivors of domestic violence; and (iii) activities for the Family Development Program have been provided.

In cross-border communities in Cambodia and Thailand ChildSafe Agents and outreach teams delivered emergency support, social and protection services to marginalized children, youth and families.

(ChildSafe Agents [CSAs] are community-based volunteers trained to identify children/youth and families in dangerous or abusive situations, or who need specific support such as employment, emergency support, or education).

OUTPUT 3: In Mongolia, (i) paper and online versions of farming and other livelihood training materials (including 20 content handbooks) have been developed and distributed; (ii) vegetable seeds were distributed to and planted by 100 households; (iii) materials for greenhouse were provided to 10 beneficiaries ; (iv) composting machines have been distributed; and (v) 2 families were recipients of chicken farms, 7 for bee-keeping and 8 for bio-fertilizer machines.

In Armenia, collaboration with vocational education and training institutions has been finalized to fast-track reskilling courses . The target group consists of around 160 youth, middle-aged women, people with disabilities and COVID-impacted unemployed. The targeted internship in selected industries are underway; this will facilitate access to the job market for the most vulnerable groups.

In Cambodia and Thailand, a total of 4,266 individuals ( 2,691 females) received employment readiness support and 4,334 individuals (2,652 women) received career counselling and support plans. A total of 1,773 individuals (1,143 women) have been employed, placed in internships/apprenticeships, in jobs and in self-employment.

Geographical Location
Armenia - Nation-wide; Cambodia - Nation-wide; Cook Islands - Nation-wide; Lao People's Democratic Republic - Nation-wide; Mongolia - Nation-wide; Philippines - Nation-wide; Thailand - Nation-wide

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation

During Project Design
The project design responds to a large amount of CSO input received by ADB. For the project, CSOs shared what work they were doing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the most urgent needs reported on the ground. As such, the project builds upon a wide range of CSO inputs and mirrors ADB-CSO shared priorities.
During Project Implementation
The project is being delivered by CSOs at the community level, and, as such, incorporates very high levels of stakeholder consultation, participation, and communication.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services
ADB has engaged consultants following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time). ADB used output-based terms of reference to recruit 10 CSOs meeting the requirements of the terms of reference. ADB has recruited four individuals to administer and support the project implementation: a Program Administrator, Finance Management Officer, an overall Project Coordinator, and a Communications and Multi-Media expert. The TA will also include the recruitment of firm for a Public Health Specialist.
Procurement
The selected CSOs may procure goods and associated services as needed - in line with ADB's Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and procedures - to deliver services to the target beneficiaries.

Contact

Responsible ADB Officer
Best, Marina Rose
Responsible ADB Department
Climate Change and Sustainable Development Department
Responsible ADB Division
Fragility and Engagement Division (CCFE)
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank

Timetable

Concept Clearance
-
Fact Finding
07 Aug 2020 to 07 Aug 2020
MRM
-
Approval
16 Nov 2020
Last Review Mission
-
Last PDS Update
06 Nov 2023

Funding

TA 6594-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
16 Nov 2020 - 16 Nov 2020 30 Nov 2023 - 14 Mar 2024
Financing Plan/TA Utilization
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
730,000.00 3,750,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 4,480,000.00
Cumulative Disbursements
Date Amount
04 Apr 2024 4,397,873.81

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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.


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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Public Health Entity Firm - Consulting Closed
Communications and Media Consultant Individual - Consulting Closed
Financial Management Officer Individual - Consulting Closed
Program Administrator Individual - Consulting Closed
Project Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor | Address Executing Agency Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
Capacity Development Technical Assistance Technical Assistance 6594 19 Apr 2022 RAKS THAI FOUNDATION (THAILAND) | 185 Pradipat Soi 6, Pradipat Road, Samsen Nai, Phayathai, Bangkok 10400 Thailand Asian Development Bank 400,000.00
Capacity Development Technical Assistance Technical Assistance 6594 10 Dec 2021 Mith Samlanh (CAMBODIA) in association with FRIENDS-INTERNATIONAL (CAMBODIA) | #215 Street 13, Sangkat Chey Chumneas, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia Asian Development Bank 470,000.00
Capacity Development Technical Assistance Technical Assistance 6594 11 Nov 2021 University of San Agustin - Center for Informatics (PHILIPPINES) | Gen. Luna St Iloilo City, Region 6, Western Visayas, Iloilo, Philippines Asian Development Bank 425,486.00
Capacity Development Technical Assistance Technical Assistance 6594 05 Nov 2021 Humana People to People (LAO PDR) in association with Informal Worker Advancement Association (IWAA) (LAO PDR) | Khouvieng Road, Hom 2, Ban Beungkhayong, Sisattanak District, Vientiane, Capital Lao People's Democratic Republic Asian Development Bank 430,000.00
Capacity Development Technical Assistance Technical Assistance 6594 07 Oct 2021 Calamianes Resilience Network, Inc. (PHILIPPINES) | CRN Office, Tourism Building, Barangay Poblacion III Coron, Palawan, 5316 Philippines Asian Development Bank 304,000.00
Capacity Development Technical Assistance Technical Assistance 6594 18 Oct 2021 Synergeia Foundation, Inc. (PHILIPPINES) | Units E-F, 131 V. Luna Ext. corner Maginhawa St., Sikatuna Village, Quezon City, METRO MANILA, NCR 1000 Philippines Asian Development Bank 350,000.00
KSTA Technical Assistance 6594 16 Sep 2021 Armavir Development Centre | Yerevanyan str., B40a, area 49 Armavir, 0909 Armenia Asian Development Bank 440,000.00
Capacity Development Technical Assistance 6594 22 Jun 2021 Mongolian Remote Sensing Society in association with Right Sustainable Development NGO | #249/10, 11th khoroolol, 7th khoroo, Sukhbaatar district Ulaanbaatar city, Mongolia 14192 Asian Development Bank 440,000.00

Procurement Plan

None currently available.