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Port Vila Urban Development Project :  Vanuatu

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Loan Name Port Vila Urban Development Project
Country Vanuatu
Loan Number 2832
Project Number 42391- 01
Source of Funding/Amount[Approved]
Australian Grant US$25.61  million
A.T.F. - Australian T.A. Grant US$4.50  million
Australian Grant US$889,000
Asian Development Fund US$5.00  million
Thematic Classification Economic growth
Social Development
Environmental Sustainability
Capacity Development
Sector/Subsector Water and Other Municipal Infrastructure and Services / Urban Sector Development
Gender Mainstreaming Category Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The proposed Port Vila Urban Development Project (PUDP) will improve drainage, roads and sanitation systems in greater Port Vila (municipality and adjacent urban and peri-urban areas in the Shefa province). The Project will implement the recommendations of the drainage and sanitation master plan prepared through a project preparatory technical assistance (PPTA) which identified priority interventions for improved access to, and delivery of drainage and sanitation services to the residents of Port Vila. It will support affordable, sustainable, and effective sanitation, roads and storm water drainage services, and contribute to climate resilient and sustainable urban development in and around Port Vila.

The project will address the following key issues:
(i) Link between sanitation and drainage and road development. It is critical to coordinate and integrate the design and implementation of the drainage and sanitation project within the long-term priorities for urban infrastructure development in and around Port Vila, particularly with the development plans for the road sector.
(ii) Poor coordination in the delivery of services and weak capacity of institutions. The responsibilities of relevant agencies involved in urban development are not clearly delineated. Coordination among these agencies is poor, and concerned agencies have limited capacity in urban planning and lack human resources. A dearth of skills, resources, and performance incentives makes it difficult to provide high-quality public services.
(iii) Role of hygiene as an integral part of improved sanitation. As the sanitation master plan emphasizes the role of hygiene in the improvement of public health, complementary sanitation and hygiene promotion will be implemented alongside investment in infrastructure and facilities. This includes adequate drainage within communities, as a part of hygiene and public health and training and awareness programs.
(iv) Gender mainstreaming and universal access to basic services. Approaches and methodology will be developed for hygiene and health education and awareness activities, to ensure active involvement of the youth and women in the peri-urban, informal and rural settlements. Existing and newly created women groups will be made part of the management and maintenance of the community hygiene facilities. The pros and cons of adopting local employment generation as part of the project strategy during the design and preparation of the investment project will also be identified.
(v) Operations and Maintenance (O&M) and sustainability of drainage and sanitation services. The sustainability of drainage, roads and sanitation services is heavily dependent upon appropriate institutional arrangements for O&M, including debt servicing and cost recovery. The project envisaged that cost recovery will be achieved by increasing property taxes or other direct charges such as user fees or levies. It is anticipated that the O&M services will be outsourced to private service providers, supervised by the Government.
(vi) Mitigating adverse environmental impacts and adapting to climate change. These can be achieved by emphasizing in the project design appropriate investment in climate proofing to ensure a sustainable and climate resilient urban development in Port Vila.
Project Outcome
Outcome Progress Toward Outcome
Government of Vanuatu has sustainably improved the hygiene situation and reduced water-based hazards in Port Vila. --
Implementation Progress
Outputs Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities and Issues)
An improved road network and drainage system in greater Port Vila.
An improved sanitation system in greater Port Vila
Central area and settlement communities use improved hygiene facilities
Government agencies and communities and user groups have the capacity to manage sanitation, roads, and drainage systems effectively and efficiently.
Efficient project management services are provided
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Safeguard Categories Safeguard Categories explained (Launches new browser window)
  Environment B
  Resettlement B
  Indigenous People C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects Indiscriminate wastewater disposal leading to increased public health risks.
Involuntary Resettlement The extent of land acquisition required and the number of affected person has yet to be determined.
Indigenous People No issues of indigenous people are expected. This will be verified during the PPTA.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation
During Project Design Stakeholder workshops were conducted during the project design.
During Project Implementation A communication and communicity liaison unit will be established in the project management unit (VPMU). Communication and engagement during project implementation will be achieved through (i) media releases, (ii) stakeholder and community workshops, (iii) consultation with stakeholders on an individual-basis, and (iv) posting of project information on the VPMU website.
Responsible ADB Officer Stephen Blaik
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban, Social Development & Public Management Division, PARD
Concept Clearance 17 May 2011
Fact-finding 17 May 2011 to 26 May 2011
Board Approval 13 Dec 2011
Loan No. Approval Signing Effectivity Original Revised Actual
2832-VAN 13 Dec 11 - - 30 Nov 17 - -

Financing Plan Top Loan Utilization
  TOTAL ( Amount in US$ million)
Project Cost 5.00
ADB 5.00
Counterpart 0.00
Cofinancing 0.00
Date ADB OTHERS Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
31 Aug 2015 0.000 0%
Cumulative Disbursements
31 Aug 2015 0.000 0%
Top Status of Covenants
Category Sector Social Financial Economic Others Safe
Rating Satisfactory
2008 Asian Development Bank

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