Bangladesh: Strengthening Social Resilience Program (Subprogram 1)

Sovereign Project | 55041-001

The proposed program aims to support the Government of Bangladesh in strengthening the social resilience of its people. The programmatic approach, consisting of two subprograms, is proposed to design and support sequenced policy packages and to enhance the inclusiveness and responsiveness of social development in Bangladesh

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Shiroishi, Hiroko Uchimura
    South Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Bangladesh
  • Sector
    • Public sector management
Project Name Strengthening Social Resilience Program (Subprogram 1)
Project Number 55041-001
Country / Economy Bangladesh
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 4076-BAN: Strengthening Social Resilience Program (Subprogram 1)
Ordinary capital resources US$ 250.00 million
TA 6735-BAN: Strengthening Social Resilience Program
Japan Fund for Prosperous and Resilient Asia and the Pacific US$ 1.20 million
Loan: Strengthening Social Resilience Program (Subprogram 1)
Japan International Cooperation Agency US$ 350.91 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Finance / Inclusive finance

Health / Health system development

Public sector management / Social protection initiatives

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description

The proposed program aims to support the Government of Bangladesh in strengthening the social resilience of its people. The programmatic approach, consisting of two subprograms, is proposed to design and support sequenced policy packages and to enhance the inclusiveness and responsiveness of social development in Bangladesh

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Bangladesh has had considerable success in reducing poverty, lowering the poverty incidence from 48.9% in 2000 to 20.5% in 2019. However, while many people were lifted from extreme poverty, a considerable number continue to live at a subsistence level barely sustained by day work. These are the people who are highly vulnerable to shocks such as major illnesses and external events, including disasters triggered by natural hazards. The 2016 Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES) indicated that in addition to the highly poor segment, 18.6% of the population remained vulnerable.

The nature of poverty and vulnerability gradually changed as the country underwent urbanization and demographic transformation. The share of the urban population doubled from 20% in 1990 to close to 40% by 2019. Poverty declined in both urban and rural areas, but the decline was greater in rural areas. The number of rural poor fell from 52 million in 1995 to less than 38 million by 2016, while urbanization kept the number of urban poor at about 12 million. Further, demographic changes are creating a new type of vulnerability. The share of elderly people (aged 60 and over) is estimated to be increasing from 7.1% in 2015 to 9.6% by 2025, and to reach 22.0% by 2050. This has implications for the country's social protection needs since it does not have a comprehensive pension system in place. The 2016 HIES showed that almost 50% of the elderly were poor or vulnerable. Reducing vulnerabilities as well as poverty poses a great challenge because different population segments face different risks during their life cycles.

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic significantly affected the socioeconomic situation of Bangladesh. The growth rate of its gross domestic product (GDP) decreased by 3% in 2020, from a pre-COVID-19 estimate of 8.2%. The economy took a particularly sharp turn in AprilMay 2020 when international trade and remittances declined substantially. Unemployment surged to 22.4% during AprilJuly 2020, from 2.1% in March 2020. Among those hit hardest by the pandemic are poor people who faced further impoverishment, and many vulnerable people who fell back into poverty.

Impact

Social resilience of people strengthened (National Social Security Strategy of Bangladesh, 20212025)

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Responsive, inclusive, and efficient social development enhanced

Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Nation-wide
Safeguard Categories
Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design 1st, 2nd Qtr
During Project Implementation Throughout
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Not Applicable
Procurement Not Applicable
Responsible ADB Officer Shiroishi, Hiroko Uchimura
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Human and Social Development Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Finance Division, MOF (EA)
Timetable
Concept Clearance 24 Mar 2021
Fact Finding 06 Apr 2021 to 07 Apr 2021
MRM 29 Apr 2021
Approval 18 Jun 2021
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 30 Sep 2021

Loan 4076-BAN

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
18 Jun 2021 22 Jun 2021 24 Jun 2021 30 Sep 2021 - 26 Aug 2021
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 250.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 250.00 07 Jul 2022 250.00 0.00 100%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 07 Jul 2022 250.00 0.00 100%

TA 6735-BAN

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
18 Jun 2021 29 Jun 2021 29 Jun 2021 31 Dec 2023 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 1,200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,200,000.00 07 Jul 2022 36,754.46

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Strengthening Social Resilience Program (Subprogram 1) - Social Protection Firm - Consulting Closed 24 May 2022 14 Jun 2022
Strengthening Social Resilience Program (Subprogram 1) - Social Protection Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 26 Apr 2022 02 May 2022
Strengthening Social Resilience Program (Subprogram 1) - Financial Inclusion (Management Information System) Firm - Consulting Closed 13 Aug 2021 27 Aug 2021

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor | Address Executing Agency Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
Project Preparatory Technical Assistance Technical Assistance 6735 21 Oct 2022 Research and Policy Integration for Development-RAPID (BANGLADESH) | Flat 504, House 18, Road 101, Gulshan 2 Dhaka, Bangladesh Finance Division, MOF 280,093.00
Project Preparatory Technical Assistance Technical Assistance 6735 13 Dec 2021 Pricewaterhousecoopers Pvt. Ltd. (INDIA) in association with PricewaterhouseCoopers Bangladesh Private Limited (BANGLADESH) | 8-2-624/A/1, 4th Floor, Road No.10, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh 500 034 India Finance Division, MOF 539,500.00

Procurement Plan

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