Mongolia : Dzud Disaster Response

Sovereign Project | 58121-001

According to the United Nation's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, almost 60% of the total territory of Mongolia is experiencing a disaster called dzud, since the second half of December 2023, putting vulnerable herder households at serious risk and requiring a humanitarian response.

Considering the scope of damages caused by the dzud and the government's constrained resources, it is recommended that an amount of $2.8 million is provided to the government as a grant financed by the APDRF, and up to 30% of the grant amount may be used retroactively for eligible expenditures incurred prior to grant effectiveness but not earlier than 8 December 2023 i.e. on the day the government activated its response through emergency operation centers.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Yanoma, Yukitsugu
    East Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Mongolia
  • Sector
    • Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
Project Name
Dzud Disaster Response
Project Number
58121-001
Country / Economy
  • Mongolia
Project Status
Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0944-MON: Dzud Disaster Response
Source Amount
Asia Pacific Disaster Response Fund US$ 2.80 million
Operational Priorities
  • OP5: Promoting rural development and food security
Sector / Subsector
  • Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Agricultural production

Gender
No gender elements
Description

According to the United Nation's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, almost 60% of the total territory of Mongolia is experiencing a disaster called dzud, since the second half of December 2023, putting vulnerable herder households at serious risk and requiring a humanitarian response.

Considering the scope of damages caused by the dzud and the government's constrained resources, it is recommended that an amount of $2.8 million is provided to the government as a grant financed by the APDRF, and up to 30% of the grant amount may be used retroactively for eligible expenditures incurred prior to grant effectiveness but not earlier than 8 December 2023 i.e. on the day the government activated its response through emergency operation centers.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The government requested ADB assistance from the Asia Pacific Disaster Response Fund (APDRF) on 19 March 2024 (Attachment 7). It is proposed to use these funds provided by APDRF for life-sustaining interventions comprising the provision of cash assistance, basic food rations, medical and emergency kits, communication and rescue equipment, fuel, and personal hygiene kits to affected herder households.

Around one-quarter of households live nomadic herding life in Mongolia. Learning from the past dzud disasters, the short- and medium-term potential impacts of the dzud on the affected herder households' livelihood include: (i) increased poverty for most herder households who lose their livestock, (ii) large-scale migration to the cities, (iii) increased unemployment; (iv) psychological stress, and (v) school dropouts. In such a situation, herder households face difficulty in meeting their repayment obligations and become debt trapped. Further strains will be placed on the government budget as considerable funds will be needed to restore the livelihood of the affected herder households. Therefore, it is crucial for the government to receive ADB assistance from APDRF to support herder households affected by the dzud disaster.

Impact

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
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
During Project Implementation

Contact

Responsible ADB Officer
Yanoma, Yukitsugu
Responsible ADB Department
East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division
Mongolia Resident Mission (MNRM)
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance (formerly Ministry of Finance and Economy)

Timetable

Concept Clearance
-
Fact Finding
25 Mar 2024 to 25 Mar 2024
MRM
-
Approval
28 Mar 2024
Last Review Mission
-
Last PDS Update
15 Apr 2024

Funding

Grant 0944-MON

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
28 Mar 2024 10 Apr 2024 10 Apr 2024 10 Oct 2024 - -
Financing Plan
  Total (Amount in US$ million)
Project Cost 2.80
ADB 2.80
Counterpart 0.00
Cofinancing 0.00
Grant Utilization
  Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards 24 Apr 2024 0.00 0.00 0%
Cumulative Disbursements 24 Apr 2024 2.80 0.00 100%

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