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Quality Assurance of the Project ‘Environmental and Social Capacity Development in the Road Sector’

The aim of the Project ‘Environmental and Social Capacity Development in the Road Sector’ was to support the Environment and Social Division of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport to improve its institutional capacity for mainstreaming environmental and social safeguards in the country’s transport sector. Much work was focused on capacity development at central and provincial level in the application of environmental and social safeguards and assisting government staff in curriculum development, teaching aid design, standardising of planning & monitoring systems, resettlement & compensation action plans, ethnic minority development, and social action plans. A broad range of state and private sector actors at central, provincial and district levels benefited from comprehensive training and other capacity development inputs.

A team of international and national advisors facilitated regular working group meetings and interaction between line ministries and donors, to reach agreements on streamlined roles and responsibilities of various institutions and stakeholders. Particularly, the roles and responsibilities of the Department of Roads and its Environmental and Social Division, as well as those of actors at provincial and community level have been defined and detailed in various operational manuals. During 2009, much technical assistance went to strengthening the ministry in harmonising funding procedures and guidelines for transport sector projects acceptable to state agencies, donors and civil society alike.

Specific attention was given to finalising the Environmental and Social Operations Manual (ESOM) that standardises procedures within the Ministry and key donors. The ESOM was approved by the Ministry and subsequently translated into Lao and printed. It has been well received by state agencies, civil society and major donors in the sector.

ORGUT carried out annual Quality Assurance missions as part of the contract.The aim of the Project ‘Environmental and Social Capacity Development in the Road Sector’ was to support the Environment and Social Division of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport to improve its institutional capacity for mainstreaming environmental and social safeguards in the country’s transport sector. Much work was focused on capacity development at central and provincial level in the application of environmental and social safeguards and assisting government staff in curriculum development, teaching aid design, standardising of planning & monitoring systems, resettlement & compensation action plans, ethnic minority development, and social action plans. A broad range of state and private sector actors at central, provincial and district levels benefited from comprehensive training and other capacity development inputs.

A team of international and national advisors facilitated regular working group meetings and interaction between line ministries and donors, to reach agreements on streamlined roles and responsibilities of various institutions and stakeholders. Particularly, the roles and responsibilities of the Department of Roads and its Environmental and Social Division, as well as those of actors at provincial and community level have been defined and detailed in various operational manuals. During 2009, much technical assistance went to strengthening the ministry in harmonising funding procedures and guidelines for transport sector projects acceptable to state agencies, donors and civil society alike.

Specific attention was given to finalising the Environmental and Social Operations Manual (ESOM) that standardises procedures within the Ministry and key donors. The ESOM was approved by the Ministry and subsequently translated into Lao and printed. It has been well received by state agencies, civil society and major donors in the sector.

ORGUT carried out annual Quality Assurance missions as part of the contract.

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