Regional: Asian Development Outlook 2023
The TA subproject will support the production of the ADO 2023, one of ADB's flagship publications. It will support the following activities: (i) preparing background analytical papers following the 2-year rolling research plan, (ii) further developing and refining analytical methods, (iii) drafting of ADO content, (iv) editing economic content and manuscripts, (v) preparing and laying out of materials for publication, and (vi) disseminating key results and policy messages.
Abiad, Abdul D.
Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
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|Project Name||Asian Development Outlook 2023|
|Country / Economy||Regional
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Multisector / ADB's corporate management, policy and strategy development
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Some gender elements|
|Description||The TA subproject will support the production of the ADO 2023, one of ADB's flagship publications. It will support the following activities: (i) preparing background analytical papers following the 2-year rolling research plan, (ii) further developing and refining analytical methods, (iii) drafting of ADO content, (iv) editing economic content and manuscripts, (v) preparing and laying out of materials for publication, and (vi) disseminating key results and policy messages.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
The TA subproject will support activities to produce one of ADB s flagship publications, the ADO. The ADO 's comprehensive analysis of evolving macroeconomic advances and emerging development challenges in the region helps ADB strengthen its role as a knowledge institution, and supports the knowledge and operational work of ADB s regional departments. Country chapters monitor the latest economic developments and provide a near-term outlook, which are essential in developing appropriate policy recommendations to ensure macroeconomic stability. The chapters policy challenge sections analyze key obstacles to inclusive economic growth, such as (i) factors preventing productive employment generation, (ii) human development constraints, (iii) gender and other socioeconomic and demographic barriers, (iv) spatial and geographical limitations, (v) institutional and policy weaknesses, and (vi) factors preventing expansion of social protection programs. The thematic chapters examine important development challenges for a transforming Asia and the Pacific.
The capacity of many DMCs to respond to macroeconomic and development challenges is limited by knowledge gaps. The magnitude and nature of the recent shocks hitting these economies have made it extremely hard to track the current state and future trajectory of their economies, making policymaking more difficult. For many policymakers, the issues they face lack precedents that would help them formulate sound responses. Post-COVID, the challenges of ensuring green growth, adequate education, health, and social protection, and addressing inequality also require knowledge solutions. This underscores the need for up-to-date research and comprehensive analyses of macroeconomic issues and development challenges affecting the region such as the ADO. As indicated in ADB's Strategy 2030, ADB s relevance will increasingly depend on its role as a knowledge institution, including its ability to generate solid, policy-relevant research. ADB's knowledge and research is pivotal in raising understanding and awareness about critical areas for action, supporting good policies and reform in DMCs, and in contributing to global development discussions by offering perspectives from the region.
Policy discussions and research on challenges facing developing Asia deepened.
|Description of Outcome||
ADO content informs policy discussions by ADB and officials, views of the public, and analysis of researchers
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|Description of Project Outputs||
1. ADO reports disseminated in 2023
2. Background papers disseminated
|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|
|Consulting Services||Individual consultants and resource persons will be recruited through individual consultant selection or framework agreements wherein shortlisted consultants may be hired as needed for the duration of the agreement (as may be appropriate) to provide international and national consulting. The TA subproject will require international consultancy from economists and sector specialists who will prepare background papers and analyses supporting the thematic chapters or topics related to the outlook. International economic advisory and editing consultants will be required for the economic and technical editing of ADO manuscripts before final publication. National economics consultants and research assistants will be required to assist with data management and to conduct research on a particular topic. ADB will engage resource persons for a maximum of 33 working days to conduct training on macroeconomics and economic forecasting, serve as discussants during workshops, peer review papers, and serve as technical experts.|
|Procurement||ERCD will procure ICT-related equipment and/or supplies, subscriptions to third-party databases, and statistical software under the TA as needed and in coordination with the Information Technology Department and Corporate Services Department. Procurement will follow the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time)._Procurement Plan is accessible from the list of linked documents in Appendix 3. Disbursements under the TA will be made in accordance with ADB's Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (2020, as amended from time to time).|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Abiad, Abdul D.|
|Responsible ADB Department||Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||ERMR|
Asian Development Bank
|Approval||14 Nov 2022|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||14 Nov 2022|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|14 Nov 2022||-||14 Nov 2022||31 Dec 2024||-||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|1,000,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||1,000,000.00||15 Nov 2022||0.00|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Asian Development Outlook 2023: Technical Assistance Subproject Report||TA Subproject Proposal||Nov 2022|
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