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Nepal: Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women Project

August 30, 2016 | Nepal | Validation of Project/Program Completion Report

The low status of women in Nepal can be traced to economic, legal, sociocultural, political, and institutional factors—which are interrelated, mutually reinforcing, and centuries old. The condition of women was exacerbated by the country’s caste system, as this defined access to resources and opportunities. The project aimed to improve the socioeconomic conditions of poor rural women through economic empowerment, legal empowerment, social empowerment and institutional strengthening and project management.

This report validates the completion report’s assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Successful.

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India: North Karnataka Urban Sector Investment Program, Tranche 1

August 10, 2016 | India | Validation of Project/Program Completion Report

This project is Tranche 1 of the North Karnataka Urban Sector Investment Program, a multitranche financing facility (MFF) comprising four tranches. The urban sector and tourism investment proposals of the government’s overall investment plan for North Karnataka were recognized as priority sectors and were allocated 33% ($862 million) of the total investment plan, including an Asian Development Bank (ADB) contribution of $270 million in the MFF. The planned impact of the MFF was improvement in the people’s quality of life in 25 urban local bodies (ULBs) by providing basic urban infrastructure, which is particularly lacking in North Karnataka compared to the rest of the state. The MFF aimed to increase economic opportunities and growth in these towns, thereby reducing imbalances in the state. Tranche 1 was designed primarily to support water supply and sanitation infrastructure improvements in three ULBs in the towns of Haveri, Hospet, and Raichur.

This report validates the completion report’s assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Less than successful.

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People’s Republic of China: Guangdong Energy Efficiency and Environment Improvement Investment Program, Tranche 3 and Multitranche Financing Facility

August 4, 2016 | China | Validation of Project/Program Completion Report

About three-fourths of Guangdong’s generation capacity was coal-fired, which caused serious air pollution and acid rain. Also, ambient air quality started to fail in meeting national air quality standards. The energy intensity of Guangdong’s economy was also relatively high by international standards at 3.4 times the average of member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Improvements in energy efficiency in Guangdong were expected to lower energy consumption and the need for additional power generation capacity, thus saving energy, reducing adverse environmental impacts, relieving energy shortages, and improving energy security.

The multitranche financing facility investment program’s expected impact was an improvement in energy security and environmental conditions in Guangdong province.

This report validates the completion report’s assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Highly Successful.

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Bhutan: Strengthening Economic Management Program

July 25, 2016 | Bhutan | Validation of Project/Program Completion Report

The program adopted a two-pronged approach to negotiate the challenges of weak economic management in Bhutan. First, it aimed to improve fiscal management to help the government allocate scarce resources more effectively and efficiently. Second, it aimed to improve monetary management to ensure that interest rate policy better matched the demand and supply of loanable funds, thereby improving liquidity management. This approach was to be reinforced by strengthening the internal and external audit systems to improve the monitoring of public resources and strengthen administrative and financial efficiency and accountability including at the subnational level of government. The program supported policy and institutional improvements in four core areas: (i) fiscal management, (ii) debt management, (iii) monetary and liquidity management, and (iv) internal and external audit operations. Five separately approved ADB technical assistance grants spread over 2010–2012 supported capacity building in these and other related areas.

This report validates the completion report’s assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Successful.

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Nepal: Commercial Agriculture Development Project

July 25, 2016 | Nepal | Validation of Project/Program Completion Report

The expected impact of the project was to reduce rural poverty in 11 districts of the Eastern Development Region of Nepal from 44% to 40% by 2020 through the equitable and sustainable commercialization of agriculture. The expected outcome was improved efficiency in the marketing and processing of high-value crops such as vegetables, fruits, tea, and spices.

This report validates the completion report’s assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Successful.

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Bangladesh: Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise Development Project

July 14, 2016 | Bangladesh | Validation of Project/Program Completion Report

The project was formulated to address the constraint of access to financing by making available a $76 million credit line to participating financial institutions for onlending to small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The project focused on SMEs located in nonmetropolitan areas and 15% of the total facility was earmarked for women entrepreneurs. The project also provided a key stimulus measure of enhanced access to finance for SMEs to grow and operate at full potential.

This report validates the completion report’s assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Successful.

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People’s Republic of China: Wuhan Wastewater and Stormwater Management Project

July 14, 2016 | China | Validation of Project/Program Completion Report

This project is a key urban infrastructure initiative of the Wuhan Municipal Government, and was an integral part of the donor-funded basin-wide Yangtze water resources management initiatives. It aimed to better manage the surface water resources in the Wuhan Municipality. Four outputs of the project: (i) improved and expanded wastewater services in urban areas of Wuhan; (ii) improved and expanded wastewater services in Caidian and Dongxihu suburban areas; (iii) reduced flooding in stormwater drainage areas of Qiaokouqu district and Yangsigang and Luojia Road; and (iv) increased institutional capacity of Wuhan Drainage Company and Wuhan Urban Construction Foundation, the two implementing agencies.

This report validates the completion report’s assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Less than successful.

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Uzbekistan: Second Small and Microfinance Development Project

July 14, 2016 | Uzbekistan | Validation of Project/Program Completion Report

The project aims to increase in microfinance loans to financially viable sub-borrowers (men and women). It also aimed to deliver training to improve the entrepreneurial capacity of sub-borrowers, including women and microcredit organizations. To meet the demand for micro and small enterprise (MSE) credit, the project was designed to catalyze lending to MSEs by working with participating commercial banks. These banks were required to commit to sustainable MSE financing and must meet a set of criteria. To facilitate access to credit by MSEs, the project comprised a $50 million loan to be channeled through the three banks for onlending to viable MSEs, and a technical assistance grant of $600,000 to improve the MSE financing capacity of banks’ and their sub-borrowers’ entrepreneurial skills. To demonstrate their commitment to the MSE sector, these banks were required to match the ADB credit allocation with their own funds.

This report validates the completion report’s assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Successful.

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Afghanistan: Hairatan to Mazar-e-Sharif Railway Project

December 24, 2015 | Afghanistan | Validation of Project/Program Completion Report

Afghanistan is a landlocked country facing tough sociopolitical and physical challenges. At the time of project preparation, Hairatan was Afghanistan’s main dry and river port, accounting for close to 50% of its total imports. However, an existing rail line between Termez in Uzbekistan and Hairatan did not have a rail link into Afghanistan. Freight into Afghanistan and beyond had to be off-loaded and reloaded into trucks at Hairatan. This process was costly and slow and limited volume flows. Removing this bottleneck was considered an urgent task.

The extension of the Termez–Hairatan railway link into Mazar-e-Sharif in Afghanistan was a top government priority. This railway line was expected to create a reliable, safe, and sustainable transport link between Afghanistan and its neighboring countries to increase regional cooperation and trade. It was also considered key to expanding job creation, investment, and ultimately poverty reduction in Afghanistan.

This report validates the completion report’s assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Less than successful.

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Bangladesh: Second Primary Education Development Program

December 24, 2015 | Bangladesh | Validation of Project/Program Completion Report

The Government of Bangladesh launched the Second Primary Education Development Program (PEDP II) in 2004 as a sequel to the PEDP I to expand access to quality primary education for all eligible children in Bangladesh. During the 1990s, Bangladesh had made significant progress in increasing initial enrollment and in achieving gender equality but there was no tangible improvement in the completion rates or in the quality of education. Thus, the emphasis of the PEDP II was access and quality.

This report validates the completion report’s assessment of the program. IED overall assessment: Successful.

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