Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date 21 Mar 2007
PDS Updated as of 28 Jan 2015

Project Name Sustainable Livelihood in Barani Areas Project (formerly Barani Dev III)
Country Pakistan
Project/Program Number 34331-013
Status Closed
Geographical Location The project area will be the barani areas of the 10 districts of Bhakkar, Chakwal, Gujrat,Jhelum, Khushab, Layyah, Mianwali, Narowal, Rawalpindi, and Sialkot, and that have yet to be taken up by a barani or area development project.
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Sector Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
Subsector Agricultural policy, institutional and capacity development
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth (IEG)
Drivers of Change
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Categories


Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)
Loan2134Asian Development Fund41,000
Counterpart 17,600
TOTAL US$ 58,600

Safeguard Categories

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Environment C

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

During Project Design
During Project Implementation
The schemes under small-scale infrastructure component will be identified, designed, and implemented by communities, including women, with the technical backstopping of National Rural Support Program, and Punjab Rural Support Program.


The Project s objectives are to enhance access to land, water, markets, services, agricultural inputs, technologies, and employment among the population living in barani areas in order to increase incomes, improve the quality of life and, ultimately, reduce poverty among vulnerable groups within the project area. At the same time, the Project will strengthen governance structures, aid the process of devolution, and build capacity within local governments to plan and implement development activities. The Project will cover those districts and parts of districts in Punjab province that have much barani land but that have yet to be covered by a barani or area development project.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Barani areas are, almost by definition, areas with high levels of poverty. The primary problem facing barani areas is a lack of access to water for crop and livestock production and thus lower and uncertain crop yields and livestock productivity. However, many other factors also add to the high levels of poverty. These include impeded access to markets, inputs, and services due to inadequate or nonexistent transportation infrastructure; a lack of access to electricity, with negative consequences for the productive potential of both agriculture and off-farm sectors; health and productivity constraints arising from limited access to domestic drinking water; a limited range of alternative, high-value crops or crop varieties specially adapted to barani areas; inadequate and poorly managed rangelands for livestock; serious loss of productive land due to water and wind erosion; poor access to agriculture and livestock advisory and support services; and low levels of literacy, which impede access to new technologies or the adoption of alternative income-earning activities. Development activities in barani areas have been shown to be successful in tackling these problems when there have been high levels of beneficiary involvement in the design and implementation of project activities. As a result of the Punjab Local Government Ordinance of 2001, official institutional structures now exist at grassroots level in rural areas to allow elected representation and local management of development activities. In these conditions it is now possible to combine past experience and lessons learned in barani areas with the new, representative institutional structures in rural areas (union councils and zila councils) to implement a poverty-focused project that will reinforce the ongoing decentralization process and have a strong development impact on the ground. This will be achieved through the support of activities, selected and managed by the beneficiaries themselves, that enhance productivity of resources, improve the quality of life for the areas population, and improve access to markets through better rural infrastructure.

Development Impact

1. Improved quality of life 2. Reduced Poverty 3. Better natural resources management

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Enhanced access to land, water, markets, services, agriculture inputs, technologies and employment for the population of the barani areas.
Progress Towards Outcome
The achievements against outcome of the Projects will be assessed in the impact studies and Project Completion Report

Outputs and Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
C. Components/Outputs 1. Village and Union Development Fund 1.1 Community-based medium-scale initiatives 1.2 District line agencies support 1.3 RSP support to union council 2. Targeted Poverty alleviation Fund 2.1 Group-based small-scale initiatives 2.2 Off-farm employment opportunities 3. Literacy Through Skillsbased Training 4. Institutional Support
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Overall project performance is satisfactory. Physical progress is estimated at 68%. Component-wise progress is as follows: Village and Union Development = 61% Targeted Poverty Alleviation = 63% Literacy Through Skills Training = 33% Institutional Support = 60% 1. Village and Union Development Component Key achievements under this include: (i) development of systems and procedures for planning, implementation of medium-scale infrastructure (MSIs) schemes and transfer of funds to line agencies; (ii) 615 (99%) MSIs approved; 131 (21%) MSIs under implementation and 257 (42%) MSIs completed. Overall progress on MSIs is 54%. In the Mid-term Review (MTR) of the Project, the following changes in implementation arrangements were agreed and later approved by ADB and Government, to avoid delays: (i) dropping of community cost share (5% cash and 15% in kind) due to their financial inability (ii) dropping of implementation through community due to technical and management problems. 2. Targeted Poverty Alleviation Targets for SSIs were revised in MTR from 2,266 to 3,034 SSI. Key achievements against revised/increased targtes include: COs formation: (No) - Targets: 4,738 - Actual achievement: 4,762 (over 100%) COs Membership: (members) - Targets: 94,760 - Actual achievement: 84,903 (90%) Community Trainings: - Mngt. Skills Trg.: 9,118 persons (98%) - Fund Mgt Acct/Trg : 4,738 persons (100%) - Mnger/Actvt.Wshops: 28,695 persons101%) Micro-credit disbursements: - Targets: (no. of loans) :46062 - Achievement: 33,641 (73%) Community Savings: PRs.11.092 million SSIs (Targets: 3,024) - SSI approved so far: 2,274 (75%) - SSIs ongoing: 358 (12%) - SSIs completed: 1,966 (65%) 3. Literacy Through Skills Training An NGO (M/s. Adult Basic Education Society) was hired using single-source-selection method. The contract was signed on 27 Jan 2009, and the NGO is on board: The progress is as follows: - 20 PC-Is approved (100%) - 99 (16%) literacy centres established) - 2,005 (17%) women/girls trained. 4. Institutional Support Key project offices have been established at the PMU and district level and most of the staff is in place. All consultants are on board. There is a probem of high staff turnover of SEC, due to low salaries paid to their staff. The Loan Review Mission (Aug 09) has advised SEC to ensure staff retention by increasing their salaries reasonably. The revised Project Design allows to establish 4 additional District Project Offices. These offices have been established, and furniture and equipment provided. Staff below 16 grade has been appointed, the case for staff of 16 grade and above is with P&D for final approval.
Status of Development Objectives
Status of Operation / Construction
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing 2007 Mar 21
Consulting Services
Consulting services will be recruited following ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants. The Project will require support from 399 person-months of consulting services, comprising 42 personmonths of international consulting services and 357 months of domestic consulting services. In addition, ABAD will recruit the services of rural support programs, nongovernment organizations, or local consulting companies for the village and union organizers who will work directly in the field with the union administrations, villages, and district agencies to provide on-the-ground support to the VUDC. About 1,080 person-months of village and union organizers input will be required. With the exception of the international project management specialist who will be recruited early on as an individual consultant, international and local consultants and union and district supervisors will be recruited through a firm or an NGO/RSP. In addition, ABAD will recruit the services of RSPs, NGOs, or local consulting companies for the village and union organizers who will work directly in the field with the union administrations, villages, and district agencies to provide on the ground support for the village and union development component. About 1,080 person-months of village and union organizer input will be required.
Procurement will be undertaken following ADB's Guidelines for Procurement. Civil works will be small to medium scale and scattered, and will thus not be suitable for or of interest to international contractors. Civil works will thus be undertaken through local competitive bidding for local companies or by direct selection for beneficiary user groups.
Procurement and Consulting Notices


Concept Clearance
Fact-finding 17 Jul 2004 to 06 Aug 2004
Management Review Meeting 17 Sep 2004
Approval 14 Dec 2004


Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual
Loan 2134 14 Dec 2004 10 Jan 2005 13 Apr 2005 30 Jun 2011 31 Mar 2012 25 Feb 2013


Date Approval Number ADB (US$ thousand) Others (US$ thousand) Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
26 Sep 2016 Loan 2134 28,116 0 100.00%
Cumulative Disbursements
26 Sep 2016 Loan 2134 28,116 0 100.00%

Status of Covenants

Covenants are categorized under the following categories—audited accounts, safeguards, social, sector, financial, economic, and others. Covenant compliance is rated by category by applying the following criteria: (i) Satisfactory—all covenants in the category are being complied with, with a maximum of one exception allowed, (ii) Partly Satisfactory—a maximum of two covenants in the category are not being complied with, (iii) Unsatisfactory—three or more covenants in the category are not being complied with. As per the 2011 Public Communications Policy, covenant compliance ratings for Project Financial Statements apply only to projects whose invitation for negotiation falls after 2 April 2012.

Approval No. Category
Sector Social Financial Economic Others Safeguards Project Financial Statements
Loan 2134 Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer Ismat Raza (
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Pakistan Resident Mission
Executing Agencies Agency for Barani Area Development
Mr. Waseem Ajmal


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