Nepal: Urban and Environmental Improvement Project
sector: Finance, Health, Transport, Water and Other Urban Infrastructure and Services | country: Nepal
This validation agrees with the lessons learned identified in the project completion report (PCR). In particular, it agrees that (i) the project should focus on smaller number of components that are physically integrated to simplify procurement and contract management; (ii) deeper consultation should have been done with the project towns during project preparation and implementation to better prepare them for cost recovery and tariff setting and for them to have a deeper assessment of subproject designs and their affordability; (iii) for operational sustainability, a long-term operation and maintenance (O&M) contract could be considered for incorporation into the construction contract for institutions having weak capacity and staff strength; and (iv) for effective gender mainstreaming and achievements, gender action plans should be prepared and agreed by all agencies involved in project implementation. Other lessons identified generally reinforce known lessons, such as more time and effective consultation being needed to prevent delay in identifying sites for wastewater treatment and other acquisition, and the need for projects to use simple financing plans to expedite withdrawal application.