Regional : Mainstreaming Citizen-Led Mechanisms for Inclusive, Resilient, and Sustainable Development Results

Sovereign Project | 55266-001

The Technical Assistance (TA), Mainstreaming Citizen-Led Mechanisms for Inclusive, Resilient and Sustainable Development Results, will support the delivery of Strategy 2030 Operational Priorities 1, 2, 6, and 7 of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) by engaging with citizens and civil society organizations (CSOs), with a particular focus on reaching women, youth, the poor, vulnerable, marginalized, and excluded. The TA will support developing member countries (DMCs) to achieve stronger, more effective, and more sustainable development outcomes by providing the knowledge, forums, and tools to directly engage with citizens. It will provide operational support in five DMCs across Asia and the Pacific, working closely to integrate citizen engagement mechanisms into ADB-financed projects.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Best, Marina Rose
    Climate Change and Sustainable Development Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Regional
  • Sector
    • Multisector
Project Name Mainstreaming Citizen-Led Mechanisms for Inclusive, Resilient, and Sustainable Development Results
Project Number 55266-001
Country / Economy Regional
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6951-REG: Mainstreaming Citizen-Led Mechanisms for Inclusive, Resilient and Sustainable Development Results
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 750,000.00
Regional Cooperation and Integration Fund US$ 500,000.00
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

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

Gender Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The Technical Assistance (TA), Mainstreaming Citizen-Led Mechanisms for Inclusive, Resilient and Sustainable Development Results, will support the delivery of Strategy 2030 Operational Priorities 1, 2, 6, and 7 of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) by engaging with citizens and civil society organizations (CSOs), with a particular focus on reaching women, youth, the poor, vulnerable, marginalized, and excluded. The TA will support developing member countries (DMCs) to achieve stronger, more effective, and more sustainable development outcomes by providing the knowledge, forums, and tools to directly engage with citizens. It will provide operational support in five DMCs across Asia and the Pacific, working closely to integrate citizen engagement mechanisms into ADB-financed projects. In addition to building knowledge and capacity on citizen engagement, the TA will enhance engagement with CSOs across the region, building upon the recent work of NGO and Civil Society Center (NGOC) in updating the Operations Manual (OM) E4 and CSO Sourcebook.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Dialogue between citizens and governments is a critical aspect of transparency, good public decision-making, and strong governance. Citizen engagement is also key to achieving strong development effectiveness in ADB operations. Citizen engagement is generally understood as two-way interactions between citizens - both as individuals and organized into civil society organizations - and governments, the private sector, or regional organizations and initiatives. Citizen engagement thus includes working with ADBs DMCs to include citizens participation throughout the project cycle to assess priorities for interventions, improve design and implementation, contribute to monitoring and evaluation, and identify early stage concerns. By actively engaging individuals and working with communities, ADB can make projects and programs more relevant, enhance overall effectiveness, generate cost efficiencies, and increases project sustainability.
Impact

Citizen engagement and collaboration with developing member countries with a particular focus on women, youth, the poor, vulnerable, marginalized, and excluded groups across Asia and the Pacific enhanced

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Citizen-led mechanisms in ADB operations promoted

Progress Toward Outcome As of end of November 2023, ADB has made progress toward developing a Citizen Engagement Framework, which will lay out a strategy for engagement at all stages of the project lifecycle. The organization has also taken steps toward the development of civil society advisory councils, planning for civil society day events, and capacity building materials for civil society organizations to better understand and work with ADB. To achieve this, the organization has engaged 5 international individual consultants and one national level for a total of 20.22 and 14.55 person-months of international and national consultancy engagement.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Policy and governance level interventions conducted

Citizen engagement mechanisms integrated into operations

Citizen engagement through civil society organizations increased

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

Under Output 1, ADB has supported citizen engagement and policy level discussions with civil society organizations on ADB's Energy Policy and Energy Transition Mechanism. ADB also supported the Annual Meetings Civil Society Program through this outputs and has supported engagement with Youth through the Asia Pacific Youth Symposium and ISM Bearcat program, as well as support for vulnerable groups through IDAHOTB.

ADB has also made progress toward a Partnership Day concept in at least 3 DMCs. The pilot Civil Society Partnership Day was held in Bhutan in October 2023 with almost 100 representatives from government and various CSOs and offered civil society organizations a platform through which to constructively engagement with government counterparts on national development priorities. Further pilots are planned in 2024 in at least two other DMCs along with a continuation of the Bhutan program.

Under Output 2, a draft engagement framework has been prepared and is in the process of editing before further consultations. 4 civil society briefs on ADB's DMCs have been published (India, Philippines, Bhutan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, 5 are almost complete, and 4 are anticipated for 2024 ahead of Country Partnership Strategy consultations. Under Output 2(c), the TA has supported effective consultations with civil society organizations in (3) DMCs on the Country Partnership Strategy Process that provide a foundation for future systematic engagement, it supported (1) unsuccessful stakeholder mapping where the proposed project was put on hold, it supported (1) emergency response for disabled and vulnerable groups in Armenia, and has supported (1) joint project between a the Government of Georgia and a civil society organization on an education program for Youth and Climate.

Under Output 3, ADB launched Business Opportunities Seminars for CSOs to inform civil society organizations about upcoming opportunities for partnership, which reached almost 300 members of civil society. NGOC also launched an internal program to introduce different CSOs to ADB staff. Funds were efficiently utilized for Output 3(B) to map civil society organizations through the civil society briefing program. A capacity building tool for civil society organizations is also under development, along with civil society consultative councils for ADBs DMCs.

TA indicators are largely on track with Outputs 1A, 1B, 2B, 2C, 3A, and 3B met. A minor change in scope will be processed in 2024 to realign the TA scope with ADB institutional changes under the New Operating Model (NOM) and the new NGOC strategic direction.

Geographical Location Regional
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The project design is expected to support the delivery of Strategy 2030, Operational Priorities (OPs) 1,2, 6 and 7 through engagement with citizens and civil society organizations with particular focus on reaching women, youth, the poor, vulnerable, marginalized, and excluded. Stakeholder communication and engagement are thus, mainstreamed into the design. Civil society organizations were consulted in the development of the TA concept and engagement and participation are embedded into every aspect of the TAs objectives.
During Project Implementation Civil society organizations have been engaged throughout the TA and are integral to the TAs objectives (e.g., civil society advisory councils, civil society capacity building). 10 national consultants were engaged as country brief writers for selected DMCs (BHU, CAM, INO, IND, LAO, NEP, PHI, SRI, TKM and VIE). For the engagement framework, civil society groups are being consulted in the initial stages of design and will be consulted again during drafting.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The TA will require primarily individual's international and national consulting services in various fields related to engaging citizens and CSOs. The TA will finance events, consulting services, report preparation, communications, workshops, and funding of new tools. Resource persons will be required to provide qualitative and quantitative inputs supporting and supplementing the work TA and the results presented during the workshops and meetings with stakeholders. Output-based or lumpsum contracts will be considered as applicable. ADB will engage the consultants following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions.
Procurement ADB will procure IT-related equipment, devices, and software licenses. Procurement will follow the ADB Procurement Policy and the Procurement Regulations for ADB Borrowers (2017, as amended from time to time).
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 04 May 2022
Fact Finding 29 Apr 2022 to 29 Apr 2022
MRM -
Approval 08 Sep 2022
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 02 Jan 2024

TA 6951-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
08 Sep 2022 - 08 Sep 2022 28 Feb 2025 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,250,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,250,000.00 24 Apr 2024 581,307.61

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Related Publications

Title Document Type Document Date
Civil Society Brief: Kazakhstan Papers and Briefs Dec 2023
Civil Society Brief: Turkmenistan Papers and Briefs Nov 2023
Civil Society Brief: Bhutan Papers and Briefs Nov 2023
Civil Society Brief: The Philippines Papers and Briefs Sep 2023

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
International Workshop (Civil Society Day) Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Civil Society Brief Writer - Pakistan Individual - Consulting Closed
Civil Society Brief Writer - People's Republic of China Individual - Consulting Closed
Civil Society Brief Writer - Mongolia Individual - Consulting Closed
Youth Engagement Consultant Individual - Consulting Closed
Working with ADB-CSO Knowledge Product Consultant (Civil Society - Editor) Individual - Consulting Closed
Civil Society Brief Writer - Sri Lanka Individual - Consulting Closed
Civil Society Brief Writer - Nepal Individual - Consulting Closed
International Stakeholder Engagement Expert – Uzbekistan Individual - Consulting Closed
Bearcat Week - Lead Facilitator/Events Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed
Civil Society Brief Writer - Viet Nam Individual - Consulting Closed
Youth Engagement Consultant Individual - Consulting Closed
Youth Coordinator Consultant Individual - Consulting Closed
Civil Society Series - Mapping Consultant Individual - Consulting Closed
Civil Society Events Consultant Individual - Consulting Closed
Civil Society Brief Writer - Kazakhstan Individual - Consulting Closed
Civil Society Brief Writer - Bhutan Individual - Consulting Closed
Civil Society Brief Writer - Turkmenistan Individual - Consulting Closed
Civil Society Brief Writer - Lao PDR Individual - Consulting Closed
Civil Society Day Events Consultant Individual - Consulting Closed
Civil Society Organization (CSO) Capacity Building Consultant Individual - Consulting Closed
Civil Society Advisory Council Consultant Individual - Consulting Closed
Civil Society Brief Writer - Philippines Individual - Consulting Closed
Citizen Engagement Framework Writer Individual - Consulting Closed

Contracts Awarded

No contracts awarded for this project were found

Procurement Plan

None currently available.