Regional : Enhancing Social Safeguards Capacity in the Central and West Asia Region

Sovereign Project | 57149-001

This technical assistance (TA) will help developing member countries (DMCs) in central and west Asia enhance their social safeguards capacity by conducting capacity development activities and creating and disseminating knowledge products produced by such activities and studies.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Shibuya, Yukihiro
    Office of Safeguards
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Regional
  • Sector
    • Transport
Project Name Enhancing Social Safeguards Capacity in the Central and West Asia Region
Project Number 57149-001
Country / Economy Regional
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Georgia
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyz Republic
Pakistan
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 10143-REG: Enhancing Social Safeguards Capacity in the Central and West Asia Region
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
Operational Priorities OP2: Accelerating progress in gender equality
OP3: Tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability
OP6: Strengthening governance and institutional capacity
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Water-based natural resources management

Education / Pre-primary and primary

Energy / Energy sector development and institutional reform

Public sector management / Public administration

Transport / Road transport (non-urban)

Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Other urban services

Gender Some gender elements
Description This technical assistance (TA) will help developing member countries (DMCs) in central and west Asia enhance their social safeguards capacity by conducting capacity development activities and creating and disseminating knowledge products produced by such activities and studies. The TA will (i) support executing and implementing agencies in meeting the social safeguards requirements of ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009) and its updates; (ii) support executing and implementing agencies in strengthening the participation and engagement of civil society organizations in project design and implementation; (iii) engage and deploy experienced international and national consultants to provide technical expertise to executing and implementing agencies in achieving high project readiness in safeguards and strengthening safeguards implementation; (iv) utilize and build on knowledge products and relationships developed under previous ADB TA operations; (v) identify gaps promptly between national practices and ADB safeguard policies, and develop a capacity development plan to bridge those gaps; (vi) provide capacity building to increase the understanding of executing and implementing agencies on the requirements of ADB's safeguard policies and international good practices; (vii) provide capacity building to strengthen grievance management processes within implementing agencies; (viii) develop guidance notes and/or manuals on key themes and challenges, and utilize the knowledge of national research institutes and national experts, where practicable; and; (ix) create knowledge products and share them within central and west Asia DMCs to enhance their knowledge and capacity.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Gaps remain in social safeguards implementation. Implementation of social safeguards in central and west Asia DMCs is constrained by weak government capacity, inadequate legal frameworks, lack of coordination, deficient enforcement of regulations, limited availability of local experts, and the need for experienced consultants in social thematic areas. Gaps remain in country safeguard systems, compounded by shortages of comprehensive guidance products and implementing regulations. An ADB independent evaluation report on TA for Supporting Social Safeguards in the Central and West Asia Region highlighted those gaps, such as the inability of the executing and implementing agencies to undertake technical studies during processing or implementation to fully meet ADB's safeguard requirements. The differing safeguard requirements of development partners further complicates implementation and compliance. With the ongoing review and update of the Safeguard Policy Statement, executing and implementing agencies need to continue the deployment of consultants to strengthen their capacities to understand and respond to the new Safeguard Policy Statement and to assist in problem-solving during project preparation and implementation. The TA for Strengthening Safeguards Implementation in ADB Projects, which the Office of Safeguards (OSFG) is implementing, also highlighted how more attention needs to be given to the (i) quality and focus of safeguard documentation, project readiness for safeguards implementation, and monitoring and supervision; and (ii) livelihood restoration and grievance redress.

Enhancing social safeguard capacity is critical for sustainable implementation of infrastructure projects. ADB has been supporting DMCs in central and west Asia in managing social safeguard concerns during project preparation and implementation through its TA for Mainstreaming Land Acquisition and Resettlement Safeguards in the Central and West Asia Region and Supporting Social Safeguards in the Central and West Asia Region. These TA operations helped DMCs solve administrative bottlenecks; improve coordination; and provide technical guidance, capacity building, and problem-solving during project preparation and implementation.

Knowledge creation and sharing among central and west Asia developing member countries are critical for further capacity building of the executing and implementing agencies. ADB's TA for Strengthening Safeguards Implementation in ADB Projects (footnote 10) provided knowledge-sharing opportunities among countries in central and west Asia. Workshops bringing together executing and implementing agency representatives from different ministries and countries were practical platforms for discussing social safeguard challenges and sharing views and experiences. The TA also highlighted the importance of engaging local institutions, such as nongovernment organizations, in knowledge creation and sharing. Collaboration with local institutions and national experts to study key themes will enhance and sustain a DMC's capacity to manage social safeguard challenges under rapidly changing national and local circumstances.

The TA is aligned with ADB's country partnership strategies for the central and west Asia DMCs and Strategy 2030 operational priorities (OPs) 2, 3, and 6. It will also contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 4, 5, 9, 11, 13, 15, and 16.

Impact

Effective infrastructure development in central and west Asia compliant with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009) and its updates promoted.

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Social safeguard activities are properly implemented and social safeguard capacity of CWRD DMCs is enhanced

Progress Toward Outcome Commenced activities for (i) review of LARP, CAP, LRP, SASMR, and SDDR; and (ii) capacity development for EAs/IAs, such as trainings and workshops on topics including ADB SPS (2009), ADB Core Labor Standards, LARP/SSMR requirements, GRM and livelihood restoration.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Quality and timeliness of social safeguards documents preparation improved

Safeguards capacity development plan for central and west Asia developing member countries and capacity development activities prepared and implemented

Knowledge products on social safeguards-related themes created and shared with central and west Asia developing member countries

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

Output 1: (i) Nine (9) individual national consultants had been engaged for the conduct of TA activities. One (1) International Mediation and Grievance Redress Mechanism Specialist had been engaged. Recruitment of a panel of international resettlement consultants through a framework agreement is ongoing; (ii) Implementation plan of a safeguards coaching program and on-the-job training program is being prepared; and (iii) Trainings/meetings had been conducted by ADB Staff and TA Consultants to PIUs, Project Consultants, and Contractors.

Output 2: (i) Consultation meetings and dialogue through Country Focals and TA Consultants had been undertaken; (ii) Conduct of Country Assessments to identify knowledge and capacity gaps is ongoing, and (iii) Capacity development activities (virtual and F2F) had been conducted among ADB Staff, TA Consultants, PIUs, Project Consultants, and Contractors.

Output 3: (i) Nine (9) individual national consultants had been engaged for the conduct of TA activities. One (1) International Mediation and Grievance Redress Mechanism Specialist had been engaged. Recruitment of a panel of international resettlement consultants through a framework agreement is ongoing; (ii) Key challenges and needs were identified through feedback forms gathered during capacity development activities; and (iii) On 5 April 2024, the TA launched the Uzbek and Russian versions of the Involuntary Resettlement Safeguard Requirements in eLearn, made available to both internal (ADB) and external users.

Geographical Location Armenia - Nation-wide; Azerbaijan - Nation-wide; Georgia - Nation-wide; Kazakhstan - Nation-wide; Kyrgyz Republic - Nation-wide; Pakistan - Nation-wide; Tajikistan - Nation-wide; Turkmenistan - Nation-wide; Uzbekistan - Nation-wide
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

ADB will engage consultants following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated staff instructions. International individual consultants will be recruited to support the design, implementation, and monitoring of the TA using individual consultant selection and framework agreements. Empaneled consultants under the framework agreements will be engaged as needed for the duration of the agreement to provide international expertise. National consultants will be recruited using the individual consultant selection method.

TA activities will be carried out using a mix of international and national consultants to be selected based on criteria including (i) country portfolios, (ii) country project pipelines, and (iii) availability of qualified consultants with relevant in-country experience. The consultants will be based at resident missions; national consultants may be required to operate in more than one DMC, as needed.

Procurement Procurement will follow the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and the Procurement Regulations for ADB Borrowers (2017, as amended from time to time).
Responsible ADB Officer Shibuya, Yukihiro
Responsible ADB Department Office of Safeguards
Responsible ADB Division Office of Safeguards
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
Timetable
Concept Clearance 25 Jul 2023
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 04 Sep 2023
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 11 Apr 2024

TA 10143-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
04 Sep 2023 - 04 Sep 2023 30 Sep 2026 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 10 Apr 2024 138,389.60

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Title Document Type Document Date
Enhancing Social Safeguards Capacity in the Central and West Asia Region: Kyrgyz Republic Technical Assistance Letter Technical Assistance Letter Sep 2023
Enhancing Social Safeguards Capacity in the Central and West Asia Region: Georgia Technical Assistance Letter Technical Assistance Letter Sep 2023
Enhancing Social Safeguards Capacity in the Central and West Asia Region: Armenia Technical Assistance Letter Technical Assistance Letter Sep 2023
Enhancing Social Safeguards Capacity in the Central and West Asia Region: Uzbekistan Technical Assistance Letter Technical Assistance Letter Sep 2023
Enhancing Social Safeguards Capacity in the Central and West Asia Region: Turkmenistan Technical Assistance Letter Technical Assistance Letter Sep 2023
Enhancing Social Safeguards Capacity in the Central and West Asia Region: Pakistan Technical Assistance Letter Technical Assistance Letter Sep 2023
Enhancing Social Safeguards Capacity in the Central and West Asia Region: Azerbaijan Technical Assistance Letter Technical Assistance Letter Sep 2023
Enhancing Social Safeguards Capacity in the Central and West Asia Region: Kazakhstan Technical Assistance Letter Technical Assistance Letter Sep 2023
Enhancing Social Safeguards Capacity in the Central and West Asia Region: Tajikistan Technical Assistance Letter Technical Assistance Letter Sep 2023
Enhancing Social Safeguards Capacity in the Central and West Asia Region: Technical Assistance Report Technical Assistance Reports Sep 2023

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.

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Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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Related Publications

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
International Mediation and Grievance Redress Mechanism Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
National Social Safeguards Consultant (UZB) Individual - Consulting Closed
National Social Safeguards Consultant (ARM) Individual - Consulting Closed
National Social Safeguards Consultant (GEO) Individual - Consulting Closed
National regional TA training and knowledge management coordination officer Individual - Consulting Closed
RETA Administration Coordination Officer Individual - Consulting Closed
National Social Safeguards Consultant (PAK) Individual - Consulting Closed
National Social Safeguards Consultant (KAZ) Individual - Consulting Closed
National Social Safeguards Consultant (UZB) Individual - Consulting Closed
National Social Safeguards Consultant (PAK) Individual - Consulting Closed
National Social Safeguards Consultant (TAJ) Individual - Consulting Closed

Contracts Awarded

No contracts awarded for this project were found

Procurement Plan

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