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

Sovereign Project | 54368-001

This knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will support 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 will support 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 will focus 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
    Sustainable Development and Climate Change 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
Myanmar
Philippines
Thailand
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6594-REG: Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 through Community-Led Interventions
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
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
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Health / Disease control of communicable disease

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description

This knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will support 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 will support 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 will focus 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, People's Republic of China Poverty Reduction and Regional Cooperation Fund, and the Regional Cooperation and Integration Fund 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.

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.
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 As of the end of March 2022, nine CSOs have signed contracts with ADB and begun implementation of their programs to support communities affected by COVID-19. Progress. The tenth CSO is under contract negotiations and is expected to begin implementation in April. The selected CSOs are in Armenia, Cambodia, the Cook Islands, Lao PDR, Mongolia, the Philippines, and Thailand.
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: 68 communities have been receiving support for increased capacity to implement COVID-19 prevention measures.

Engagement with some 68 communities in Mongolia (33), Cook Islands (31) and the Philippines (4) has started to provide (i) training on online devices, livelihood and hygiene (in Mongolia), (ii) support for installing hand wash points and distributing PPEs (Cook Islands), (iii) awareness-raising on COVID-19 prevention (Cook Islands, Philippines), and (iv) support for COVID-19 contingency and preparedness planning (Philippines).

Work on 21 community @plans has started. Activities have been initiated in some 21 communities; 4 in the Philippines and 17 in Cambodia/Thailand cross-border communities to (i) prepare contingency and preparedness plans (Philippines) and (ii) conduct community mapping assessments in cross-border communities in Cambodia/Thailand.

OUTPUT 2: Provision of food packs and basic needs to poor and vulnerable people has started and continues to be distributed to at least 150 households in Mongolia and 1,000 indigenous peoples in the Philippines.

In Mongolia, (i) set-up of hotline and telehealth services have started and continues in Mongolia; (ii) counseling services continue to be carried out for 100 survivors of domestic violence; and (iii) activities for the Family Development Program with initial 480 program participants in 5 project areas in Mongolia have been initiated.

In cross-border communities in Cambodia and Thailand activities related to ChildSafe Agents and outreach teams' delivery of emergency support, social and protection services to marginalized children, youth and families' have been initiated.

(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 livelihood farming and production training materials for livelihood support activities and 20 different handbooks contents have been developed and completed; (ii) vegetable seeds have been purchased and will be planted in Spring by around 100 households; (iii) materials for greenhouse for 10 beneficiaries have been purchased; (iv) composting machines have been distributed; and (v) 2 families were recipients of chicken farms.

In Armenia, preparations for five one-day training sessions, one in each target region, with the involvement of around 25 community social workers and local youth volunteers have started. The training sessions aim to create sustainable capacity of volunteering and peer-support in the communities beyond the lifespan of this Project.

Geographical Location Armenia - Nation-wide; Cambodia - Nation-wide; Cook Islands - Nation-wide; Lao People's Democratic Republic - Nation-wide; Mongolia - Nation-wide; Myanmar - 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, which was based on work CSOS were conducting 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 the priorities CSOs shared with ADB.
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 will engage consultants following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time). ADB will use output-based terms of reference to recruit 10 CSOs meeting the requirements of the terms of reference. ADB has recruited three individuals to administer the project, a Program Administrator, Finance Management Officer, and an overall Project Coordinator. Ten CSOs were to be engaged under the TA, of which nine have been engaged and the last one is expected to be on-board by April 2022. A Public Health Specialist and a Communication and Media consultant will be recruited by second quarter of 2022.
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.
Responsible ADB Officer Best, Marina Rose
Responsible ADB Department Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department
Responsible ADB Division NGO and Civil Society Center
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding 07 Aug 2020 to 07 Aug 2020
MRM -
Approval 16 Nov 2020
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 05 Apr 2022

TA 6594-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
16 Nov 2020 - 16 Nov 2020 30 Nov 2023 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
730,000.00 3,750,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 4,480,000.00 29 Apr 2022 755,142.51

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Communications and Media Consultant Individual - Consulting Closed 18 Apr 2022 24 Apr 2022
Financial Management Officer Individual - Consulting Closed 09 Dec 2020 15 Dec 2020
Program Administrator Individual - Consulting Closed 09 Dec 2020 15 Dec 2020
Project Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed 09 Dec 2020 15 Dec 2020

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 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
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
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

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