The disclosure of this information is in line with the World Bank’s Access to Information Policy approved by the Board of Executive Directors in November 2009. This new policy constitutes a major shift in the Bank’s approach to information disclosure, transparency, sharing of knowledge, and accountability. Clients and the general public now have access to a much broader range of information, particularly information about projects under preparation and implementation.

 

1. Ghana Commercial Agriculture Project

Implementation Agency: Ministry of Food and Agriculture,

Contacts Alabi Bortey, email [email protected]

 

Key Dates

Approval Date ?????? 22-Mar-2012

Effectiveness Date ?08-Apr-2013

Closing Date ???????? 30-Sep-2017

 

Amt committed US$100m? ?????????????? Amt Disbursed: US$10.3m

 

Project Development Objectives

The project development objective (PDO) is: increased access to land, private sector finance, input- and output-markets by smallholder farms from private-public partnerships in commercial agriculture in Accra Plains and SADA zone.

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Components ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? Cost (US$m)

1. Strengthening investment promo infrastructure, facilitating secure access to land

and project management. ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? 11.80

2. Securing PPPs and small-holder linkages in the Accra Plains ????????????????????????????????????????????????? 45.40

3. Securing PPPs and small-holder linkages in the SADA zone ?????????????????????????????????????????????????? 64.30

4. Project management and monitoring and evaluation ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? 14.30

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Overall Ratings

Progress towards achievement of PDO Satisfactory

Overall Implementation Progress (IP) ?????????????? Satisfactory

Overall Risk Rating ???????????????????????????? Moderate

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Implementation Status Overview

All the conditions for effectiveness were fulfilled and the project became effective on April 8, 2013. The USAID Grant co-financing the project was signed on March 13, 2013. The first Implementation Support Mission was carried out from May 13 to 20, 2013. The mission (i) strengthened the institutional set up of the project, (ii) reviewed the Annual Work Plan and Budget for 2013, (iii) designed a time-line for the implementation of project activities, (iv) updated and finalized the Procurement Plan and (v) took the appropriate measures with the Ministry of Finance to ensure the availability of funds for project activities before June 15, 2013.

 

Key Decisions Regarding Implementation

In order to speed up project implementation on the ground, the mission made key decisions ?on forty four agreed actions from the project?s? AWPB for 2013? to? be rolled? before the? end of the year. In addition? to? these,? the following key decisions were also taken:

(a) the introduction of the low-hanging fruits concept in order to start financing some activities in and around the project zone;

(b) the effective collaboration of the project with other World Bank funded or donor partners funded projects in order to be effective on the ground, make economies of scale and ensure coherence among partners. As such the? Second Land Administration Project (IDA Credit number 4870-GH) will? cover the cost of financing aerial photography of? 4,000 square kilometers in the Nasia-Nabogo Valley in the Northern Region of Ghana as part? of? GCAP?s? land? development? activities in the SADA zone.

(c) the mission also invited the IFC team working on Commercial Agriculture to participate in its activities. It was agreed that depending on their needs, GCAP and IFC would direct potential investors to one another; and

(d) the mission reviewed the Project Implementation Manual to ensure its coherence with the safeguard documents.

 

2. Ghana ? Pubic Private Partnership Project

Implementing Agency: Ministry of Finance

Contact: Isaac Oware-Aboagye, email: [email protected]

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Key Dates

Approval Date??????? 27-Mar-2012

Effectiveness Date ?????????????? 26-Dec-2012

Closing Date ???????? 31-Aug-2016

 

Amt committed US$30m??? Amt Disbursed: US$3.4m

 

Project Development Objectives

The objective of this Adaptable Program Lending (APL) Phase I project is to improve the legislative, institutional, financial, fiduciary and technical framework to generate a pipeline of bankable PPP projects. The overall objective of this Adaptable Program Lending (APL) two-phased initiative is to assist the Government of Ghana to increase targeted infrastructure and other social service levels and quality by mobilizing private sector participation through a public-private partnership (PPP) model. Leveraging greater volumes of private sector investment in infrastructure provision is a critical Program end-objective. The two-phased APL is designed to promote the creation of a sustainable and cost-effective PPP market in Ghana.

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Component-(s ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? Cost (US$m)

1. Institutional, Fiduciary, Legislative and Financial Capacity Building ????????????????????????? ?????????????? 10.00

2. PPP Pipeline Preparation and Transaction Advisory Support ??????????????????????????????????? 18.50

3. Project Management and Monitoring & Evaluation ??????????????????????????????????????????????????? ??1.50

 

Overall Ratings

Progress towards achievement of PDO ???????????? Satisfactory

Overall Implementation Progress (IP) ?????????????? ?????????????? Satisfactory

Overall Risk Rating ??????????????????????????????????????????? Substantial

 

Implementation Status Overview

The project became effective on Dec 26, 2012; thus within the expected timeline (and before the Africa Regional Red Flag). A first supervision mission took place on Feb 2013 and the related Aide Memoire was issued to government on March 4, 2013. It is worthwhile to note that presidential elections took place in Ghana in December 2012 and the results were peaceful. However, this has led to an understandable slowdown in the project over the first 3 months of 2013 as new government officials were being assigned. These circumstances need to be borne in mind when assessing the project of this project since the last ISR , early December 2012.

 

3. Ghana Health Insurance Project

Implementing Agency: National Health Insurance Authority,

Contact: Anthony Gingong, email: [email protected]

 

Key Dates

Approval Date ????????????????????? 03-Jul-2007

Effectiveness Date ????????????????????????????? 10-Dec-2007

Original Closing Date ?????????? 31-Dec-2012

Revised Closing Date ????????? 31-March-2014

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Amt committed: US$15m? Amt Disbursed: US$12.8m

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Project Development Objectives

The Project Development Objective is to strengthen the financial and operational management of the National Health Insurance Scheme by improving: (i) the policy adaptation and implementation capacity of the National Health Insurance Council in addressing ongoing core policy issues related to contribution collection, risk equalization, and provider payment mechanisms; and (ii) the purchasing function of the District Mutual Health Insurance Schemes, and the billing function of the Providers.

 

Component(s) ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? ?????????????? Cost (US$m)

1. Streamlined Purchasing Policies and Mechanisms ???????????????????? 2.05

2. Strengthening Integrated Claims Management Systems ??????????? ?????????????? 8.60

3. Project Management ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? 0.00

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Overall Ratings

Progress towards achievement of PDO Moderately Satisfactory

Overall Implementation Progress (IP) ?????????????? Satisfactory

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Implementation Status Overview

This an update based on the Bank’s supervision mission in February 2013, and a May 2013 pre-appraisal mission of the Health Systems Strengthening Project (HSSP) with a component to continue to support the health insurance system in Ghana. The likelihood of achieving the Project Development Objective is downgraded to Moderately Satisfactory as only two outcome indicators out of four have met their target. The Implementation Progress (IP) is maintained at Satisfactory. The Government has requested for a nine month extension to complete key project activities. There are encouraging results of Health Insurance Project (HIP) implementation with two of the four PDO indicators having met their end of project targets. The two outcome indicators that have met their targets are (i) proportion of total claims submitted by providers to NHIS (District Mutual Health Insurance Scheme or Claims Processing Center) for processing that passed the initial screening; and (ii) proportion of total ?clean? claims that are reimbursed by payers (NHIS) to providers within 60 days of claims receipt. Actions are being taken to ensure that the target on electronic claims (e-claims) management system and the coverage of the poor will be met by end of the extended period. Since the e-claims management system went live on April 1 2013, it has now been rolled out to 20 facilities out of the target 47, and 51697 claims have been submitted, vetted and paid through the system as at May 28, 2013. While this number is increasing as and when additional facilities become operational the target will not be met by the current closing date. It will only be met by the extended project closing in March, 2014. In the case of the indicator on coverage of the poor, the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) is working closely with the relevant stakeholders, especially the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty Program (LEAP) and the Ministry of Health in a nationwide exercise to increase the number of poor persons enrolled into the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). The target will be close to being met by the current closing date of June 30, 2013. It will only be met fully by the extended project closing.

The procurement plan was also updated, showing actual dates for completed activities, with only minimal deviation between planned dates and actuals achieved; The capitation pilot was completed and reviewed; accreditation of providers, gate keeper and referral policy training have all been completed under Component A – Streamlined Purchasing Policies and Mechanisms. Under Component B – Strengthening Integrated Claims Management Systems, the Health Dictionary Data (HDD) is completed and efforts are underway for the hosting. The project continues to be relevant as the objective of strengthening the financial and operational management of the Ghana National Health Insurance System is still one of the priorities of Government as these are the issues raised for consideration in the Health Financing Report completed by the World Bank in 2011. As such the Government has requested for continuous support for it. Even though there were delays in project implementation activities, there have not been price escalations and therefore there were no adverse effect on the efficiency of the project. While the country in the recent period has experienced power cuts that could have affected the health facilities’ and District Health Insurance Schemes’ ability to submit electronic claims, measures were put in place to minimize the effects. Inverters were procured for all the facilities and the Claims Processing Center (CPC) to ensure constant power supply. Thus power cuts will not affect their operations and there would be full utilization of the computerized claims management system that is being put in place under the project. Already the beneficiaries have said that claims submission has become faster in the facilities that are already using the e-claims system and it has become paperless making it more efficient.

 

Key Decisions Regarding Implementation

Bank Management is considering the nine month extension request positively to provide additional time and allow for completion of key project activities and meet targets.

 

4. Ghana Partnership for Education

Implementing Agencies: Ministry of Education, Ghana Education Service

Contact Stephen Adu, email: [email protected]

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Key Dates

Board Approval Date ?????????? 11-Oct-2012

Effectiveness Date ????????????????????????????? 15-Feb-2013

Closing Date ??????????????????????? 31-Oct-2015

 

Amt committed: US$75.5m Amt disbursed: US$15.0m

 

Project Development Objectives

The PDO of the Ghana Partnership for Education Grant is to improve the planning, monitoring and delivery of basic education services in deprived districts of Ghana.

 

Component(s) ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? Cost (US$m)

1. Sub-Grants to Deprived Districts to support key education objectives ?????? ?44.86

2. School Sub-Grants????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? 24.06

3. Project Management and Institutional Strengthening ???????????????????????????????? ?6.58

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Overall Ratings

Progress towards achievement of PDO ???????????? Satisfactory

Overall Implementation Progress (IP) ?????????????? ?????????????? Satisfactory

Overall Risk Rating ??????????????????????????????????????????? Substantial

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Implementation Status Overview

This is the initial Implementation Status and Results for the Ghana Partnership for Education Grant (GPEG). Effectiveness was declared only on February 15, 2013 and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning has sent the authorized signatories on March 11, 2013. The project still requires the opening of the special account and first withdrawal application to begin disbursements which is expected by April 12, 2013.

However, significant implementation progress has been made with key teams in the Ministry of Education and Ghana Education Service conducting preparatory trainings, orientations and district planning to ensure activities are undertaken once funding is released. The Annual Programs of Work (APW) have been approved at both Headquarters and District levels. The Bank has issued no objections to the first year APWs, procurement plan and Ghana Education Service and Ministry of Education Headquarters work plan. Many of the Terms of References for consultancy services have been drafted and the Project Implementation Manual has been finalized and will be printed and disseminated during the next several weeks. The Untrained Teacher Diploma in Basic Education (UTDBE) program conducted its first two face to face courses since September 2012. Some issues were identified in the selection of the enrolled trainees and a validation exercise will need to be conducted immediately. Plans for this validation exercise have been discussed with expected support coming from the newly established Inspectorate Board. The Monitoring and Evaluation templates have been finalized, training activities planned and initial rounds of school report card data collection completed. It was agreed that the GPEG would undergo a minor restructuring to include minor rehabilitation works under the District Grants. In addition, the UTDBE monitoring will require an immediate validation exercise to ensure that only eligible teachers are enrolled in the program. The most recent mission agreed that additional training/capacity building be provided to implementing units in financial management and procurement. The next joint sector review will be conducted in May 2013 to inform the planned National Education Sector Annual review (NESAR), currently scheduled for end-June 2013.

 

Key Decisions Regarding Implementation

It was agreed that the GPEG would undergo a minor restructuring to include minor rehabilitation works under the District Grants. In addition, the UTDBE monitoring will require an immediate validation exercise to ensure that only eligible teachers are enrolled in the program. The most recent mission agreed that additional training/capacity building be provided to implementing units in financial management and procurement. The next joint sector review will be conducted in May 2013 to inform the planned National Education Sector Annual review (NESAR), currently scheduled for end-June 2013.

 

5. Ghana Skills and Technology Development Project

Implementing Agencies: Ministry of Education, Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET) Contact: Mathew Dally, email [email protected]

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Key Dates

Board Approval Date ?????????? 29-Mar-2011

Effectiveness Date ????????????????????????????? 23-Nov-2011

Original Closing Date ?????????? 30-Jun-2016

Revised Closing Date ????????? 30-Jun-2016

 

Amt Committed: US$70m ? ?Amt disbursed:US$8.2m

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Project Development Objectives

The project objective is to improve demand-driven skills development and increase adoption of new technologies in selected economic sectors.

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Component(s) ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? Cost (US$m)

1. Institutional Strengthening of Skills Development ????????????????????????????????????????????????????? ?4.00

2. Institutional Strengthening of Science and Technology Development ?????????????????????? ?4.00

3. Financing of Skills and Technology Development Programs through the Skills

Development Fund (SDF) ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? ?50.00

4. Project Management and Monitoring and Evaluation ??????????????????????????????????????????????? ??5.00

 

Overall Ratings

Progress towards achievement of PDO Moderately Satisfactory

Overall Implementation Progress (IP) ?????????????? Moderately Satisfactory

Overall Risk Rating ???????????????????????????? Moderate

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Implementation Status Overview:

During the first half of 2012, project implementation remained slow. The last supervision mission was carried out in June 2012 where key agreements were reached on short-term actions to improve implementation. It was also agreed that a follow up mission would be held in September 2012 to review progress made related to these agreed upon actions. However, the mission was cancelled at the request of the Government and from September 2012, a mission-free period started and has lasted until the end of the year (December 2012). During this period, there have been significant changes in the project implementation staff as well as in the implementation procedures, especially in the management of the Skills Development Fund (SDF), which is the largest component. The contract of the Executive Director of COTVET (the Government agency responsible for the project implementation) was not renewed, the Manager of the SDF left, a new procurement officer was assigned to the project and the overall staff capacity has been strengthened, including the hiring of new procurement, M&E specialists and grant administrators. The Project Support Unit also moved to a new location with better infrastructure. Since a supervision mission hasn?t taken place since June, two technical visits were carried out, one in September and one in November as well as monthly audio- and videoconferences with the Bank to provide support to the PSU. In November, a joint Performance Portfolio Review was also hosted that resulted in further agreements on key milestones. The documents and agreements reached during these discussions and meetings as well as the Aide Memoire of the June 2012 mission are attached to this ISR. Overall, project implementation has improved since June, including disbursements, the effectiveness of the SDF and also the implementation of the technical assistance (TA) components (Components 1 and 2). The PSU carried out extensive outreach, streamlined the SDF procedures, signed the first SDF contracts and carried out an evaluation of the second round of SDF. Still, there are some issues remaining including limitations in terms of the robustness of the M&E system, questions related to the feasibility of the implementation schedule and questions on the extent to which the GSTDP framework will fit within the priorities of the new Government to be established in January 2013. In parallel with the delays as well as the stronger staff capacities, the initial implementation plan and procurement plans were adjusted and the Government also submitted an update of the results indicators. Overall, the project implementation status remained MS.

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Key Decisions Regarding Implementation

The Government and the Bank agreed to continue close monitoring, strengthening the Monitoring and Evaluation and also to reviewing the objectives, design, and implementation for possible mid-term realignment.

 

6. Ghana – Micro,Small and Medium Enterprise Project

Implementing Agencies: Ministry of Trade and Industries, Ghana Tourist Board,

Contact: Francis Osei-Kusi, email [email protected], [email protected],

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Key Dates

Approval Date ?????? ?????????????? 05-Jan-2006

Effectiveness Date ?????????????? ?????????????? 02-May-2006

Original Closing Date ?????????? 31-Dec-2011

Revised Closing Date ????????? 29-Nov-2013

 

Amt committed US$34.1m? Amt Disbursed: US$26.4m

 

Project Development Objectives

The project aims to enhance the competitive and employment levels of Ghanaian MSMEs. This will be achieved by: (i) building an integrated market access and trade facilitation infrastructure; (ii) proactively supporting entrepreneurship development; (iii) developing and strengthening, on a sustainable basis, the capacity of local intermediaries to deliver financial and non-financial services to MSMEs, and MSMEs to make productive use of these services; (iv) reducing selected business constraints, including technical barriers to trade, faced by MSMEs; (v) providing an enabling environment (access to finance, trade promotion, and trade facilitation infrastructure) to boost increased investments I the MSME sector; and (vi) enhancing the facilitation, project development, and implementation roles of the Government.

 

Components ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? Cost (US$m)

1. Access to Finance ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? 4.30

2. Access to Markets, Trade Facilitation and Entrepreneurship Development ???????????????????????????? 20.00

3. Business Environment ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? 1.80

4. Project Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation ????????????????????????????????????????????????? 4.50

 

Overall Ratings

Progress towards achievement of PDO Moderately Satisfactory

Overall Implementation Progress (IP) ?????????????? Moderately Satisfactory

Overall Risk Rating ???????????????????????????? Low

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Implementation Status Overview

1. Project has been restructured for a second time. The reason for the restructuring is to allow sufficient time for the completion of two (2) key activities which were delayed as a result of tardiness in making decisions. The closing date has been extended for an additional five (5) months, therefore the new closing date is November 29, 2013. The issues that were contributing to the delays have now been resolved and the activities (construction of additional drainage system within the Tema Export Processing Zone (TEPZ) and installation of a water pumping system to enhance water supply to enterprises operating in the TEPZ).

2. Under the Access to Finance component, the on-going PCG facility provided to a participating bank will be continued up to project closing. In view of the fact that the program has performed highly satisfactorily, the participating bank has requested for continuation of the scheme.

3. Under the Access to Markets, Entrepreneurship Development and Trade Facilitation component, in addition to the website for Made-in-Ghana goods produced by Ghanaian SMEs (http://www.ghanatrade.gov.gh) being operational, the Proactive Trade Information System is complete and the Wide Area Network that will link up twenty four (24) offices of the National Board for Small Scale Industries nationwide will be completed by end June 2013; while the construction of the ICT Park is deemed to be 70% completed, which is behind schedule. The supervising consultants have reviewed the construction firm’s program and expect that activity implementation will pick up in order to complete and commission the facility by September 30, 2013. Marketing of the facility is in its early stages.

4. The Ministry of Trade & Industry have finally signed the contract for the construction of drains in the Tema EPZ, which upon completion, should mitigate future flooding and consequent destruction of the operations and facilities of enterprises located in the TEPZ. The construction firm is on-site and is scheduled to complete the assignment by September 30, 2013.

5. The construction and establishment of the Rural Technology Facilities (3 locations) to assist in making MSMEs in the rural sector competitive is nearly complete. The equipment requires to upgrade the skills of the MSMEs have been delivered and installation will be completed by end June 2013. GRATIS Foundation, the government agency charged with the responsibility of managing the facilities has been involved in the process leading to the start of operations.

6. Over 98% of the Credit funds are now committed and the level of disbursements should see major increases in the next 2 months.

7. Support under the Matching Grant Facility will close in August 2013, when remaining funds are exhausted and supported activities are expected to have been completed.

8. Separate Assessments of the Access to Finance facility and the Business Development Services scheme are underway and are expected to be completed by August 30, 2013.

 

Key Decisions Regarding Implementation

Project Steering Committee will need to quickly resolve project management challenges within the Project Coordination Unit which have recently arisen. This has come about as a result of the departures of a number of some key staff. Ministry of Communication to ensure “cladding issue” on the construction of the ICT Park is concluded by June 15 to assure there are no further delays. The project’s closing date has will be extended until November 29, 2013 to allow for the completion of a select number of activities. The rating on Implementation Progress which had been downgraded as a result of the delays in implementing a couple civil works construction was to be upgraded once the issues causing the delays was resolved

 

7. Ghana Land Administration Project – 2

Implementing Agency: Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources,

Contact: Dr. Isaac Bonsu Karikari email: [email protected]

 

Key Dates

Approval Date??????? 31-Mar-2011

Effectiveness Date ??08-Aug-2011

Closing Date ???????? ?31-Mar-2016

 

Amt committed US$50.0m? Amt Disbursed: US$9.2m

 

Project Development Objectives

To consolidate and strengthen land administration and management systems for efficient and transparent land services delivery.

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Components???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? Cost (US$m)

1. Strengthening the Policy, legal and regulatory Framework for Land Administration ?5.00

2. Decentralization and Improving Business and service Delivery Processes ????????????????????????????? ?23.51

3. Improved maps and Spatial data for land Administration????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? 31.51

4. Human Resource Development and Project management ?????????????????????????????????????? ?10.78

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Overall Ratings

Progress towards achievement of PDO ???????????? Satisfactory

Overall Implementation Progress (IP) ?????????????? ?????????????? Moderately Satisfactory

Overall Risk Rating ??????????????????????????????????????????? Moderate

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Implementation Status Overview

Overall, the PDO rating is maintained at satisfactory because the project is still on track to meet the project development objectives, although it is lagging behind due to the slow start of implementation. However, disbursement is expected to soon catch up with projections because a number of contracts have been signed, some are about to be signed and quite a few are under implementation. A total of nearly 40 contracts (valued at US$12.66 million) have been awarded within the last six months and a number of them are under implementation including: Land Bill and Land Use Planning Bill, streamlining of business processes through re-engineering and automation of the records management, production of improved maps and spatial data (i.e. base maps and establishment of the geodetic reference network), preparation of land use plans, human resources development and communication and public outreach. Procurement of a couple of other contracts is at advanced stages and soon these contracts will also be signed and work will commence. Among

the outcome indicators, the project has made considerable progress in the registration of land titles, with over 11,000 land transactions registered against an annual target of 4,000 transactions. Due to the lag in disbursement (at 12.5%, compared to the projection of 25% by mid this year), implementation progress is downgraded to Moderately Satisfactory. The team will closely follow-up the implementation of the agreed strategies (such as direct payments for big contracts and close follow-up with implementing Agencies) to ensure that implementation progress is brought back to Satisfactory within the next six months.

 

Key Decisions Regarding Implementation

An action plan has to be put together, including strategies to ensure efficient contract management and speeding up the pace of disbursement by among others, ensuring frequent (at least once every month) submission of withdrawal applications and arranging for direct payments for the big contracts.

 

8. Ghana Statistics Development Program

Implementing Agency: Ghana Statistical Service,

Contact Sylvester Gyamfi, email [email protected],

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Key Dates

Approval Date ????????????????????? 25-Aug-2011

Original Closing Date ?????????? 31-Aug-2016

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Amt committed US$30.0m? Amt Disbursed: US$0m

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Project Development Objectives

To strengthen the National Statistical System in the production and dissemination of timely and robust statistics relevant for evidence-based policy-making and other uses

 

Components??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? Cost (US$m)

1. Institutional reform and organisational change ???????????? ?????????????? 9.36

2. Enhancing capacity ????????????????????????????????????????????????????? 14.96

3. Data development and dissemination ????????????????????????? 11.73

4. Project Management and Monitoring and Evaluation ?? 1.30

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Overall Ratings

Progress towards achievement of PDO ???????????? Moderately Unsatisfactory

Overall Implementation Progress (IP) ?????????????? ?????????????? Moderately Unsatisfactory

Overall Risk Rating ??????????????????????????????????????????? Moderate

 

Implementation Status Overview

This project was approved by the World Bank’s Board of Directors in August 2011 to help the country implement the Ghana Statistics Development Plan (2009-2013). The project was submitted to Government of Ghana Cabinet in November 2011 and received Cabinet approval in March 2012. It was submitted for Parliamentary approval in May 2012. Due to forthcoming elections Parliament were unable to approve the project at that time. It will be resubmitted to Parliament in early 2013 (following the December 2012 election). A request for extension of the period between Board approval and signing and effectiveness has been requested by the Minister of Finance and submitted to the Regional Vice President for consideration.

 

Key Decisions Regarding Implementation

It is not clear why Parliamentary approval for this project, which has already been approved by the Board of Directors of the World Bank, has stalled. Once Parliamentary approval is given and the legal documents signed by the Minister of Finance project implementation will begin.

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9. Ghana: Statistics Development Program (MDTF)

Implementing Agency; Ghana Statistical Service

Contact Sylvester Gyamfi, email [email protected],

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Key Dates

Approval Date ????????????????????? 07-Feb-2011

Effectiveness Date ????????????????????????????? 07-Feb-2011

Revised Closing Date ????????? 30-Jun-2013

 

Amt committed US$6.2m ?? Amt Disbursed: US$5.3m

 

Project Development Objectives

To prepare the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) for institutional reform and to ensure timely and extensive analysis and dissemination of census data.

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Components ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? Cost(US$m)

1. Legal and institutional reform ????????????????????????????????????????????????????? 0.38

2. Strengthening the capacity of GSS ????????????????????????????????????????????? 1.36

3. Improving the quality and dissemination of statistical products ?? 0.90

4. Supporting the 2010 Census post enumeration activities ?????????????????????????? 2.58

5. Project management ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? 1.00

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Overall Ratings

Previous Rating Current Rating

Progress towards achievement of PDO ???????????? Moderately Satisfactory

Overall Implementation Progress (IP) ?????????????? ?????????????? Moderately Satisfactory

Overall Risk Rating ??????????????????????????????????????????? Low

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Implementation Status Overview

The Multi Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) implementation has continued its positive trajectory since January 2012, with substantial progress on implementation in particular since May 2012. A number of key activities are at an advanced stage of implementation and are on track to be completed by the close of the project. In addition there continues to be evidence of strengthening of project processes including: procurement, financial management (including disbursement), project management and monitoring and evaluation.

The MDTF was designed as support to the implementation of the Ghana Statistics Development Plan (GSDP) (Ghana’s National Strategy for the Development of Statistics) and the program level indicators from the GSDP were included within the MDTF. It was expected that while the MDTF does not deliver directly on any of the program indicators, the MDTF along with the SRF/IDA Ghana Statistics Development Project would contribute to improved performance on these indicators. The delay in Parliamentary approval of the SRF/IDA project has had an impact on the combined support to achieve the GSDP program indicators. The proportion of Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) staff with professional qualifications is currently 38% and lower than the end target of 50%. Achieving this target has been affected by delays in the implementation of institutional reform that would have reduced the number of staff without a professional qualification. The Statistical Capacity Index score has fallen from 61% in 2011 to 59% in 2012 reflecting lack of recent poverty data, time since the last agricultural census, completeness of the vital registration system and time since the last re-basing of the Consumer and Producer Price Index. The MDTF was not directly supporting any of these activities but has provided support to the CPI re-basing which was launched in June 2013. The GSS undertook a User Satisfaction Survey in March 2012, overall the report shows stakeholders are satisfied with GSS statistical products and services although there is, however, more room for improvement e.g. the GSS website, timeliness of release and access to the statistics. The indicator on proportion of publications publicly available in line with the release calendar has been met with 7 out of 9 publications (PPI, CPI, National Accounts, Prime Building Cost, MICS-summary report, 2010 Census Summary Report, 2010 Census Final Report ) published as planned. The implementation of the census and survey program has not been met with delays to a number of surveys due, in part, to funding constraints. The MDTF did, however, directly contribute to the achievement of the last program indicator on the development of a compendium of standardized concepts. This has been completed for 23 subject areas and was disseminated nationally and regionally in June 2013.

 

In terms of the Project Development Objective there are two main elements: (1) Institutional reform and (2) timely and extensive analysis and dissemination of the census data. Based on the PDO indicators in the results framework the institutional reform element has been partially met and the census data element met.

(1) Institutional reform: there has been progress on legal reform with the Statistics Law drafted and submitted to Cabinet for onward submission to Parliament. On reform of the GSS, a restructuring strategy for the GSS has been developed and agreed by the GSS Board. However, other elements of the institutional reform have made variable progress with the functional review not completed, the training program not developed and it unlikely that the Performance Management System will be fully operational by the end of the Project, although HR consultants are in place an d HR policies and procedures have been developed. While it is expected that the PMS will be in place by end June 2013 it will need approximately 12-18 months to be fully operational. Challenges in procurement of consultants for the functional review and the training program have led to these activities being dropped from the MDTF and to be considered under the SRF/IDA project. The project had planned to support GSS to implement a financial management system, but with Government plans to implement a Government-wide financial management system, GSS have been asked to wait for this to be in place before deciding on any additional system. (2) Census data: the provisional and final results of the 2010 Population and Housing Census have been released and the indicator targets have been met. Specifically on project components, of the twelve intermediate results indicators in the results framework, six have currently been met, five partially met and one not met. Of those that have not yet been met it is expected that another two will be met by the end of the project with the remaining four partially met.

 

Component one – legal and institutional reform:

The draft NSS law has been presented to the Attorney General and is currently with Cabinet for review prior to submitting to Parliament. The election in December 2012 delayed submission to Parliament and it is now unlikely that the NSS Law will be amended by Parliament or receive presidential ascent by Project closure. The strategy for restructuring was approved by the GSS Board and an organizational structure has been prepared and is being finalized between the GSS Board and PSC. An organogram has been developed and an initial allocation of staff to post, done. This is now ready for implementation as soon as the GSS Board and PSC agree on the organogram and funds from the follow-on project become available. There are additional elements to this component, not reflected in the results framework, that have progressed well, including work on the integration of statistical officers within the districts (under the decentralization program of Government) which will ensure that each district assembly has a district statistical unit. GSS have established strong working relationships with the PSC and Local Government Service that has ensured progress on the integration and other project activities. Communication with staff has also improved through the use of staff durbars to keep staff informed of reform activities and other work of GSS.

 

Component two – GSS capacity building:

There have been challenges with the training element and the comprehensive training program will not now be developed under this Project. Other training activities, including senior management training in leadership and project management and ICT training, have been completed. Also under this component while the Intranet, Internet and email are not yet operational at all offices in GSS HQ, the work on the installation of local and wide area network and of Microsoft technologies is advanced and these targets should be met by the end

of the Project. The GIS element of this component has been successfully achieved with the GIS unit equipped with hardware and software and all staff trained to undertake mapping and dissemination activities. The team has completed the Census Atlas – mapping census results at the district level. The GIS is being used in the Ghana Living Standards Survey and will be used in the Agricultural Census; MDAs also have access to GIS in GSS.

 

Component three – improving the quality and dissemination of statistical products:

The comprehensive manual of standards and methods (Compendium) has been developed and covers 23 rather than 10 subject areas and includes additional elements such as wording and response options of standardized questions and derived variables. This was developed in consultation with key data producers and users, with strong MDA engagement and support for the manual. This should ensure its ownership and therefore compliance across Government. The assessment of the quality of statistical products was undertaken by peer review with colleagues from statistical offices in Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. An action plan and implementation plan was also developed. Implementation of the action plan has been variable, particularly as many actions are dependent on the establishment of the Resource and Data Center which will be done once the new organogram/ structure is in place. The project also supported the User Satisfaction Survey which has been finalized and will be disseminated alongside the Compendium. Overall the results were very???? positive on user satisfaction with the quality of official statistics. The Project also supported GSS in some aspects of the re-basing of the Consumer Price Index – particularly focusing on quality issues and stakeholder engagement. The re-based CPI was launched in June 2013.

 

Component four – supporting the 2010 census post enumeration activities:

The majority of targets for this component have already been met and the one outstanding is likely to be met by the end of the Project. The Post Enumeration Survey (PES) was undertaken although outside of the recommended three months after main enumeration. The PES results have been validated and reconciled and the report printed and disseminated in June 2013. GSS benefited from the support of a consultant who reviewed the report and analysis. Feedback on the work done by GSS was very positive. The provisional and final results of the census have been released. The analytical reports (national, 10 regional demographic, census atlas and Demographic, Social, Economic and Housing reports) have been finalized and the national report disseminated. Dissemination events are planned for the remaining reports in June 2013. A number of the indicators in the results framework and their associated targets lack clarity in definition and explanation causing GSS challenges in reporting and differences in interpretation. Weak capacity for M&E at GSS constrained their ability to fully engage with the design of the results framework and to define the indicators and targets. A longer

implementation period would have justified a review of the results framework and some revision of the indicators to ensure that key elements of the project were fully captured, indicators were well defined and processes established for timely monitoring of progress. Over the length of the project there have been improvements in project management, procurement and financial management (disbursement and reporting) and in monitoring and evaluation. There continue to be improvements in project management and an increased appreciation of the different elements to effectively managing projects and of the importance of planning and forecasting. Monthly progress reports have improved and continue to be delivered on time. The 2012 Annual Report was an improvement on the 2011 annual report and included an assessment of progress against milestones and has been published on the GSS website. However, the annual reports are yet to be presented to the GSS Board and the M&E Sector Working Group. Lessons learned during the implementation of this project will be useful in managing the SRF/IDA project when it becomes effective.

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Key Decisions Regarding Implementation

This is the final Implementation Status Results (ISR) prior to project closure 30 June 2013. The Implementation Completion Report is currently planned for July/August 2013.

 

10. Ghana Gas and Oil Capacity Building Project

Implementing Agency: Ministry of Energy

Contact: Mr Alexander Kyei email: [email protected]

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Key Dates

Approval Date ?????? 20-Dec-2010

Effectiveness Date ?????????????? 20-May-2011

Closing Date ???????? 30-Jun–2015

 

Amt committed US$38m???? Amt Disbursed: US$10.1m

 

Project Development Objectives

The project objective is to (i) improve public management and regulatory capacity while enhancing transparency; and (ii) strengthen local technical skills in Ghana’s emerging oil and gas sector.

 

Components???????????????????????????????????????????????????? ?????????????? Cost (US$m)

1. Resource Management ????????????????? ?????????????? ?????????????? 7.80

2. Data Management ???????????????????????????????????????? ?????????????? 10.00

3. Environmental Management ???????????????????????? ?????????????? ?4.00

4. Revenue Management ?????????????????? ?????????????? ?????????????? ?1.00

5. Enhancing Sector Governance ????????????????????? ?????????????? ?3.00

6. Vocational Training Support ????????????????????????? ?????????????? ?4.70

7. Tertiary Education and Research Support ??? ?????????????? ?6.00

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Overall Ratings

Progress towards achievement of PDO Satisfactory

Overall Implementation Progress (IP) ?????????????? Satisfactory

 

Implementation Status Overview

Implementation progress has picked up substantially with significant progress being observed on almost all project components. Total disbursements stand at US$9.8 million (26.9% of the total credit amount) as of April 26, 2013 and bid packages worth over US$20 million are either completed, issued to bidders, or soon-to-be issued. The ultimate achievement of the project development objective now seems very likely.

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11. Ghana: Energy Development and Access Project

Implementing Agencies: Ministry of Energy, Electricity Company of Ghana, Volta River Authority, ARB Apex Bank, ??Contact Andrew T. Barfour email: [email protected]

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Key Dates

Approval Date ????????????????????? 26-Jul-2007

Effectiveness Date ????????????????????????????? 06-Dec-2007

Original Closing Date ?????????? 30-Nov-2012

Revised Closing Date ????????? 30-Nov-2013

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Amt committed US$160m?? Amt Disbursed: US$115.7m

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Project Development Objectives

Ghana: Energy Development and Access Project

To improve the operational efficiency of the electricity distribution system and increase the population?s access to electricity.

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Ghana Rural Energy Access

Global Environmental Objective

The global environmental objective of the project is to support transition to a low-carbon economy through the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in line with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and its Kyoto Protocol, to which Ghana is a Party (GEF OP 5 and 6).

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Components???????????????????????????????????????????????????? ?????????????? Cost (US$m)

1. Sector & Institutional Development ?????????????????????????????? 14.00

2. Electricity Distribution Improvement ??????????????????????????????????????????? 94.00

3. Electricity Access & Renewable Energy ???????? ??????????????101.00

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Overall Ratings

Progress towards achievement of PDO ???????????? Moderately Unsatisfactory

Progress towards achievement of GEO ??????????? Moderately Unsatisfactory

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Implementation Status Overview

The pace of implementation has slowed down, as measured by execution of works and funds disbursed. Measures to improve ECG’s performance have not yet been implemented, while a lengthy legislative process has delayed progress in the Renewable energy development. Progress on the VRA-executed component is being impacted by technical constraints on meter installation. Given the rapidly approaching project closing date, a partial cancellation of funds is under consideration.

 

12. West Africa Power Pool (WAAP) APL 1 (1st Phase – COASTAL TRANSMISSION BACKBONE)
Implementing Agency: Volta River Authority

Contact: Francis N. Kyere, email [email protected],

Key Dates
Approval Date ????????????????????? 30-Jun-2005
Effectiveness Date ????????????????????????????? 01-Nov-2005
Original Closing Date ?????????? 31-Dec-2009
Revised Closing Date ????????? 30-Jun-2013

Amt committed US40m ????? Amt disbursed US$36.6m

Project Development Objectives: The developmental objective of the WAPP Adaptable Program Loan (APL 1) project is to increase access of WAPP “Zone A” coastal states (Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria and Togo) to more stable and reliable electricity as a means to alleviate power supply deficits and/or to reduce their collective vulnerability to drought-induced power supply disruptions. This developmental objective is to be achieved by: (a) implementing a WAPP Cooperation Agreement to facilitate enhanced cross-border power exchanges between the four concerned Transmission System Operators (TSOs), namely CEB, CIE, NEPA and VU; and (b) establishing and fully deploying the cross-border electricity transfer capabilities of the proposed 330kV WAPP Coastal Transmission Backbone.

Outcomes
The expected outcomes include:
1. Increasing cross-border electricity trade between WAPP “Zone A” Coastal States;
2. Reductions in power transfer losses in the principal transmission networks of the WAPP “Zone A” coastal states;
3. More cost efficient coverage of peak power demand through economy power exchanges between WAPP “Zone A” coastal states.
The WAPP APL 1 project would be considered successful if it provides ample capacity for unconstrained cross-border electricity trade between the five ECOWAS Member States for up to at least 2020.

Components ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? Cost (US$m)
1. Infrastructure Development ????????????????????????????????????????? ???????9.40
2. Upgrade of System Control Centers ??????????????????????????????????????????? ???????7.30
3. Upgrade of Strategic Power Generation Stations ???????? ???????15.80
4. WAPP Institutional Capacity Building??????????????????????????????????????????? ??????? 7.50

Overall Ratings
Progress towards achievement of PDO Moderately Unsatisfactory
Overall Implementation Progress (IP) ?????????????? Satisfactory

Implementation Status Overview

Physical Progress of Construction: The Aboadze-Volta 330 kV transmission line and substations were completed in late 2009 and have been energized. Although this line alone cannot meet the initial objective of the project, to increase cross-border power transfer capability, the energization of the T-line has reduced the need for reactive power in the Ghana power system and has improved voltage levels and supply to greater Accra. The SCADA/EMS upgrading component has been completed and equipment installation in the new National (GRIDCo) control center was finished in February 2013. The expected outcome of this component is to improve monitoring and control of power exchanges in the WAPP system. The upgrade of the switchyards of Akosombo generation station and Volta substation been substantially completed. Delays were experienced due to inability of the Contractor to work at a sustained pace since the necessary outages were difficult to arrange at a time of national load shedding An undisbursed balance of about US$1m is expected upon payment of the final outstanding invoices (31 October 2013). The Project Completion Report will be prepared once the remaining segments of the 330kV coastal backbone to Nigeria have been completed under Phase 2 of this Adaptable Program Lending.

Key Decisions Regarding Implementation: A project restructuring has been made to reallocate part of the loan proceeds to finance outstanding cash compensation to project affected persons (PAPs) along the Aboadze-Volta 330 kV transmission line, and to revise the results framework to introduce new intermediate indicators that would capture benefits of the completed Ghana section of the Coastal Backbone.

13. West Africa Power Pool (WAPP) APL 1 (2nd Phase – COASTAL TRANSMISSION BACKBONE)

Implementing Agencies: Ministry of Energy, Volta River Authority

Contact: Francis N. Kyere email [email protected]

 

Key Dates

Board Approval Date ?????????? 29-Jun-2006

Effectiveness Date ????????????????????????????? 29-Nov-2007

Original Closing Date ?????????? 31-Dec-2010

Revised Closing Date ????????? 30-Jun-2013

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Amt committed US$60m (US$45m for Ghana)?????????????? Amt Disbursed: US$42.3m

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Project Development Objectives

The goal of WAPP is to establish a well-functioning, cooperative, power pooling mechanism for West Africa, as a means to increase access of the citizens of ECOWAS to stable and reliable electricity at affordable costs. The developmental objective of this WAPP APL 1 (CTB Phase 2) Project of the Coastal Transmission Backbone Sub- Program (WAPP APL 1) is to assure more stable and reliable exchange of electricity between the national power systems of the WAPP Zone A Coastal States.

 

Outcomes

The expected outcomes include: 1. Increasing cross-border electricity trade between WAPP “Zone A” Coastal States; 2. Reductions in power transfer losses in the principal transmission networks of the WAPP “Zone A” coastal states; 3. More cost efficient coverage of peak power demand through economy power exchanges between WAPP “Zone A” coastal states. The WAPP APL 1 project would be considered successful if it provides ample capacity for unconstrained cross-border electricity trade between the five ECOWAS Member States for up to at least 2020.

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Components ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? Cost (US$m)

1. Transmission Infrastructure Development ??????????????????? 28.66

2. Upgrade of System Control Centers ???????????????????????????? ?????????????? 5.02

3. ?Upgrade of Strategic Power Generation Stations ??????? 5.00

4. ?WAPP Institutional Capacity Building/Action Plan ??????? 6.32

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Overall Ratings

Progress towards achievement of PDO ???????????? Moderately Unsatisfactory

Overall Implementation Progress (IP) ????????????????????????????? Moderately Satisfactory

 

Implementation Status Overview

The overall progress of the project remains moderately unsatisfactory due to: (i) the slow pace of implementation of the Benin components, and (ii) the risk of not achieving the PDO unless the final project closing is extended for a further two years to permit the non-WB parts of the project to be finished. Works are proceeding satisfactorily for the SCADA component (representing over 75% of the Credit amount). A substantial rise in disbursement is expected in the 2nd half of CY2013 as equipment currently being manufactured is shipped. The Implementation Progress rating is therefore moderately satisfactory.

 

Physical Progress of Construction:

Benin Components:

Transmission Infrastructure Development: Progress on the Togo portion of the 330 kV transmission line (not WB-funded) is still very slow. Contract award has yet to take place as non-objections by AfDB & KfW have been inordinately delayed. Contract signature is not expected before May 2013, with completion of works in mid-2015. IDA is only financing the supervision of the transmission line, so is tied to the pace of physical works. The selection process for the equally delayed IDA-funded engineering supervision consultant has been completed and contract award put on hold to mesh with the construction timetable. Upgrade of System Control Centers/SCADA: This component could be completed by early 2014, with testing and commissioning thereafter, so a closing date extension of the IDA Credit is unavoidable.

 

Ghana Components:

Transmission Infrastructure Development: All remaining outstanding activities are on track for completion by Credit closure 6/30/13. No extension is planned.

 

Key Decisions Regarding Implementation

A restructuring is being prepared to extend the closing date of the Benin Credit 4214 to 6/30/15 to enable completion of the upgrade of the CEB dispatch center and to fund the engineering supervision consultant until the T-line works are completed.

 

14. West Africa Power Pool (WAPP): The First Phase of the Inter-Zonal Transmission Hub Project of the WAPP ?????(APL3) Program

Implementing Agencies: Ministry of Energy, Volta River Authority, GRIDCO

Contact Francis N. Kyere email [email protected]

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Key Dates

Approval Date ?????? 29-Jun-2011

Effectiveness Date 14-Dec-2012

Closing Date ???????? 31-Dec-2015

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Amt committed US$41.9m? Amt Disbursed: US$0.2m

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Project Development Objectives

The development objective of the WAPP program is to establish a well-functioning, cooperative, power pooling mechanism for West Africa, as a means to increase access of the citizens of ECOWAS to stable and reliable electricity at affordable costs. The WAPP APL program would help the ECOWAS Member States to develop a robust platform for WAPP, comprising five (5) distinct but mutually reinforcing sub-regional infrastructure development projects. The development objective of the first phase of the Inter-Zonal Transmission Hub Project under the WAPP APL3 is to reduce the cost of and improve security of electricity supply to Burkina Faso, while increasing Ghana’s electricity export capacity.

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Components ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? Cost (US$m)

1. Transmission line between Bolgatanga, Ghana and Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso ? ?????????????? 84.20

2. Reinforcement of transmission grid in Ghana ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? ?????????????? ?6.00

3. Electrification of rural localities along the right of way in Burkina Faso ???????????????????????????????????? ??9.00

4. Supervision/ Owner’s Engineer ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? ?4.20

5. Capacity building and institutional support to GridCo and SONABEL for project implementation ??????????? ?6.30

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Overall Ratings

Progress towards achievement of PDO ???????????? Unsatisfactory

Overall Implementation Progress (IP) ?????????????? ?????????????? Unsatisfactory

Overall Risk Rating ??????????????????????????????????????????? Moderate

 

Implementation Status Overview

Effectiveness of financial agreements with both countries was achieved in mid-December 2012, 18 months after Board approval, following considerable difficulty and delay resulting from cross conditions of effectiveness with the European Investment Bank and Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD). Progress on procurement has been very slow, in part due to the complexity of the bilingual and binational contracting arrangements and lengthy response times from the lenders, including the World Bank. The project is already over 18 months behind the implementation schedule estimated at appraisal and further delays cannot be ruled out.

 

15. Ghana Urban Transport Project

Implementing Agency: Department of Urban Roads

Contact John Akwasi Nuamah, email [email protected]

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Key Dates

Approval Date ????????????????????? 21-Jun-2007

Effectiveness Date ????????????????????????????? 19-Oct-2007

Original Closing Date ?????????? 31-Dec-2012

Revised Closing Date ????????? 15-Dec-2014

 

Amt committed US$45m???? Amt Disbursed: US$27.8m

 

Project Development Objectives

Ghana Urban Transport Project (P100619)

The key objective of the project is to: Improve mobility in areas of participating metropolitan, municipal or district assemblies (MMDAs) through a combination of traffic engineering measures, management improvements, regulation of the public transport industry, and implementation of a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system.

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Ghana Urban Transport Project (P092509)

Global Environmental Objective

The key objective is to: Promote a shift to more environmentally sustainable urban transport modes and encourage lower transport-related GHG emissions along the pilot BRT corridor in Accra.

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Component(s) ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? Cost (US$m)

1. Institutional Development ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? ?????????????? 13.60

2. Traffic Engineering, Management and Safety ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? ?????????????? 26.90

3. Development of a Bus Rapid Transit System ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? ?????????????? 46.00

4. Integration of Urban Development and Transport Planning for Better Environmental Management ?????? ??2.00

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Overall Ratings

Progress towards achievement of PDO ???????????? Satisfactory

Progress towards achievement of GEO???????????? ????????????? Moderately Satisfactory

Overall Implementation Progress (IP) ?????????????? ?????????????? Satisfactory

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Implementation Status Overview

As of June 19, 2013, USD 27.8 million was disbursed from the IDA credit (61.8% of the credit) and $ 6.41 million from the Global Environment Facility grant (91.6% of the grant). The project was restructured in December 2012, following completion and confirmation of prior actions, as agreed with GoG. Subsequently, GoG (i) confirmed that the design review of the BRT works indicated that the available funds were insufficient to undertake Lot 2 of the BRT, (ii) proposed that the remaining funds under the GUTP be used for implementation of strengthened bus priority measures on the Amasaman – CBD route; (ii) confirmed that priority measures for the second route, the Adenta Corridor, will be completed under the Transport Sector Project (which has funds set aside for urban transport improvements). Higher quality bus services will be introduced on both the Amasaman and Adenta routes and improve mobility along these corridors. An interim planning and regulating entity, the pre-GAPTE (Greater Accra Public Transport Executive) unit is operational since last year. Some

of the procurement tasks have progressed slower than planned due to the national elections and subsequent transition to a new government. The unforeseen delay in signing the documents for the Designated Account for MLGRD has somewhat pushed out the completion of procurement processes and these are now being expedited.

 

Key Decisions Regarding Implementation

The GUTP has been restructured in December 2012, and the closing date extended by two years. Activities towards introducing higher level bus services on selected corridors are ongoing.

 

16. Ghana—Social Opportunities Project

Implementing Agency: Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development.

Contact Robert E. Austin, email [email protected]

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Key Dates

Approval Date ????????????????????? 20-May-2010

Effectiveness Date ????????????????????????????? 19-Oct-2010

Closing Date ??????????????????????? 30-Jun-2016

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Amt committed US$88.6m? Amt Disbursed: US$51.19m?????????????

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Project Development Objectives

The objectives of the Project are to improve targeting in social protection spending, increase access to conditional cash transfers nationwide, increase access to employment and cash-earning opportunities for the rural poor during the agricultural off-season, and improve economic and social infrastructure in target districts.

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Components???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? Cost (US$m)

1. Rationalize National Social Protection Policy. (US$2.5 million) ????????????????????????????????? 2.50

2. Labor Intensive Public Works (LIPW). ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? 56.00

3. Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty Program (LEAP)????????????????????????????????????? 20.00

4. Capacity Building. ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? 4.10

5. Project Management and Coordination????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? 6.50

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Overall Ratings

Progress towards achievement of PDO ???????????? Satisfactory

Overall Implementation Progress (IP) ????????????????????????????? Satisfactory

Overall Risk Rating ??????????????????????????????????????????? Moderate

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Implementation Status Overview

Component 1- Rationalize National Social Protection Policy. The goal of this component is to review the effectiveness of existing safety net programs; identify their short comings; costs and financing mechanisms; and propose policy options to help redirect government?s social protection expenditures to the most effective areas, and reduce those in less effective activities.? A contract was concluded with ILO on 14th September, 2012 and work commenced 17th September, 2012 and is expected to end in July 2013.? Three (3) stakeholder workshops have been held and a period of collection and analysis of data from on-going social projection programs ended.? The ILO submitted the Status Quo Report with an analysis of the social structure of expenditure on Social Protection in Ghana in June. This was reviewed by a technical team together with stakeholders.?? Following the review, a draft report aimed at analyzing the Social protection expenditure in Ghana has been submitted pending stakeholder review in July 2013.

-Component 2 – Labor Intensive Public Works (LIPW). The 2012/2013 annual work-plan was approved in the second quarter of 2012 and implementation is progressing well in 49 districts. As noted, in the last ISR, agreements were reached to support climate change sub-projects which include higher labor content and generate high employment during the agriculture off season. As a result, the GSOP menu has shifted from supporting social infrastructure sub-projects given the low labor intensity and the need to avoid duplication of efforts with other Bank and donor projects. Implementation of sub-projects began in October 2011 comprising mainly 40 social infrastructure, most of which rolled over to 2012. A total of 433 sub-projects have been planned for implementation by the end of 2013 out of which 161 have been completed, 238 are on-going and 34 sub-projects are about to commence implementation. The completed sub-projects include 38 social infrastructure sub-projects, 49 feeder roads of length 266.95 km, 27 rehabilitated dams and dug outs and 47 climate change sub-projects. The 433 sub-projects are expected to yield 4,140,586 person-days of unskilled labour. ?The projected unskilled labour earnings from this, is GH?24,843,517.10 representing 41% of total estimated cost of the sub-projects. Some of the projects, particularly tree crop and woodlot establishment are multi-year by nature and are expected to generate employment during the dry seasons. So far, GHC 10,286,171.67 has been paid to 88,908 beneficiaries of whom 58.7% are females for 1, 832,118 person-days of work.

 

-Component 3 – Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty Program. Currently a total of 71,456 households are benefiting from the program in 100 districts nation-wide. Efforts are underway to expand the delivery of the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) Program which is being scaled up to mitigate the impact of the increased prices in basic commodities that could lead to an increase in number of poor households. The proposed goal is to reach a total of 300,000 beneficiaries by July 2014 coupled with an increase in coverage by 20 more districts. To achieve this goal, the LEAP team in partnership with UNICEF, DfID and the World Bank are exploring appropriate interventions needed to support the scaling up of the LEAP systems in order to strengthen their operational structure and augment their financial needs.

 

-Component 4 – Capacity Building. Capacity Building activities were carried out to facilitate implementation of component two at the regional, district and community levels. Trained personnel under LIPW to date is as follows; (i) 45 LIPW coaches from the Ghana Irrigation Development Authority and Department of Feeder Roads who are expected to assist in the design and supervision of LIPWs across the country; (ii) 89 Field Supervisors mainly from the Works Department of the District Assemblies, (iii) 243 Contractor Supervisors from 95 Firms, (iv) 44 persons, mostly staff of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) who were trained to facilitate the delivery of Climate Change mitigation interventions and (v)? staff of the Project Coordinating Unit who were trained on critical aspects of the LIPW delivery process such as effective LIPW designing to guarantee a high labour content, targeting, improving the payment system, data collection and management.? The National Coordination office has also made available to District Assemblies, computers and motorbikes and, vehicles and computers to collaborating Institutions in response to their logistics requirement to enhance project implementation. Logistic support has also been extended to the Department of Social Welfare to enhance LEAP implementation. The national policy in support of LIPW with its accompanying Cabinet Memo has been submitted to Cabinet and is receiving attention. It is expected that this will be approved before the end of year.

-Component 5 – Project Management. Several national technical review meetings have been held since project inception to assess implementation performance and determine appropriate actions needed to enhance the achievement of expected project outcomes. The impact of LIPW public works is being evaluated through a quantitative IE, with a baseline and two follow-up surveys. In addition to measuring direct impacts on the income and welfare of the targeted poor, the IE will examine productive impacts of community assets created by public works. The IE is being conducted by ISSER Ghana, in consultation with the project office and with technical advice from World Bank. The baseline survey for the IE was conducted in 2012 and the results presented in a draft baseline report submitted by ISSER. Following consultations, it was agreed that ISSER will submit a final draft in June 2013 and a follow-up survey will be conducted in July-August 2013, nearly 12 months after the baseline survey (to avoid seasonality effects) and at the end of a 3-month period during which LIPW sub-projects will have been active in treatment areas.

 

17. Ghana Transport Sector Project

Implementing Agencies: Ministry of Transportation, Ministry of Roads and Highways

Contact: Godwin Brocke, email: [email protected]

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Key Dates

Board Approval Date ?????????? 30-Jun-2009

Effectiveness Date ????????????????????????????? 12-Nov-2009

Closing Date ??????????????????????? 30-Jun-2015

 

Amt committed US$225m??? Amt disbursed US$51.2m

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Project Development Objectives

The project development objective (PDO) is to improve mobility of goods and passengers through reduction in travel time and vehicle operating cost, and to improve road safety standards. This objective will be achieved through strengthening the capacity of transport institutions in planning, regulation, operations and maintenance, and through infrastructure investment.

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Components?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? Cost (US$m)

1. Support to MRH ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? ?????????????? ?????????????? 4.20

2. Support to Road Sector and Educational Entities ???????? ?????????????? ?6.50

3. Improvement of Trunk Roads ?????????????????????????????????????? ?????????????? 64.00

4. Improvement of Urban Roads and Infrastructure ???????? ?????????????? 78.00

5. Improvement of Feeder Roads ??????????????????????????????????? ?????????????? 50.50

6. Support to MOT and other Transport Sector Entities ?? ?????????????? 13.50

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Overall Ratings

Progress towards achievement of PDO ???????????? Satisfactory

Overall Implementation Progress (IP) ?????????????? ?????????????? Moderately Satisfactory

Overall Risk Rating ??????????????????????????????????????????? Substantial

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Implementation Status Overview

Implementation activities are progressing but with continued delays; disbursements are currently at 14% and commitments at 35%.

 

Key Decisions Regarding Implementation

Most components are moving forward with lags. Award of the Ayumfuri-Asawinso works contracts is expected by January 2013; the Accra East Corridor works have been awarded and the contractor is expected to mobilize on completion of GoG?s internal processing requirements.

 

18. e-Ghana Project

Implementing Agencies: Ministry of Communications, Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning

Contact: Nelson Osae, email [email protected]

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Key Dates

Approval Date ????????????????????? 01-Aug-2006

Original Closing Date ?????????? 31-Mar-2012

Revised Closing Date ????????? 30-Jun-2014

 

Amt committed US$84.7m? Amt Disbursed: US$56.2m

 

Project Development Objectives

The objective of the Project is to assist the Recipient to generate growth and employment by leveraging ICT and public-private partnerships to i) develop the IT Enabled Services industry, and ii) contribute to improved efficiency and transparency of selected government functions through e-government applications.

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Components???????????????????????????????????????????????????? ?????????????? Cost (US$m)

1. Enabling environment?????? ????????????? ?????????????? ?????????????? 9.37

2. Support to ITES and ICT SMEs ???????????????????? ?????????????? 17.60

3. E-Government ??????????????????????????????? ?????????????? ?????????????? 31.00

4. GIFMIS ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? ?????????????? 28.44

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Overall Ratings

Progress towards achievement of PDO Satisfactory

Overall Implementation Progress (IP) ?????????????? Satisfactory

Overall Risk Rating ???????????????????????????? Low

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Implementation Status Overview

Full Implementation support mission was carried out for the e-Ghana Additional Financing Ghana Integrated Financial Management Information Systems (GIFMIS) sub-component (May 20 – 31, 2013), and partial review of the core activities was carried out between June 4-5, 2013. Progress towards achievement of the PDO continues to be Satisfactory. A more detailed Implementation support mission is planned for the core activities in September 2013. For the e-Ghana core activities, the combined impact of local and international investment promotion activities by the ITES Secretariat, as well and continued outreach by the Ghana Association of Software and IT Services Companies (GASSCOM), has resulted in registration and sustained membership of 46 ICT SMEs in the Association ? from 5 in 2006, and establishment of several International BPO companies in Ghana. There has been an increase in the number of jobs from 2200 to about 8900. Additional key developments include: i) a major call center operator (Teletech) which has increased seats from 300 to 500, ii) Tech Mahindra which has taken over the Bharti Airtel Assets in Ghana and outsourced its payroll system to Infonaligy, a GASSCOM member, iii) Comviva which has set up office and is supporting Bharti Airtel and MTN with Value added services, and iv) Aegis, Wipro, APAC, and Sutherland in final stages of negotiation to locate in Ghana. The continuous reduction in the price of wholesale bandwidth over the last five years from US$5,000 per mbps per month to US$750 per mbps per month (and continuing to fall), coupled with increased redundancy resulting from multiple submarine cables, is also making the BPO industry more competitive and attractive. Further reductions in bandwidth prices and the completion of the construction of the BPO Center will go a long way to making Ghana a destination of choice for both domestic and international BPO/ITES business. Unfortunately, however, a lack of real estate (Type A Facilities) in Ghana continues to be a major bottleneck for companies wanting to relocate to Ghana. The refurbishment of government warehouses into Type A facilities (funding provided under the project) will go a long way to improving the enabling environment for location of IT and IT enabled businesses in Ghana.

 

Significant progress has also been registered on the implementation of the first e-Govt PPP for electronic applications for revenue agencies in Ghana. Progress includes: Operational Acceptance of the e-govt PPP on June 5, 2013 including i) completion of the RGD applications (Registration of Businesses, Marriages, Properties and Estates) which went live in December 2011; ii) deployment of the Tax payer registration module of TRIPS (Total Revenue Integrated Processing System) in the 12 most strategic offices of GRA; iii) Delivery of additional modules including Refunds, Exemptions Application Process, Case Management, Debt Management; iv) launch of e-services program, and continued testing of selected online services; v) completion of a fully functional Help Desk; and vi) training of about 2,460 of Ghana Revenue Authority staff on computer literacy and office applications, and close to 500 on TRIPS and GeReg Applications, PRINCE 2 Project Management, Help Desk Boot Camp, and ISO27001. The contract for the automation of immigration services (e-Immigration) was signed on January 4, 2013, while bids expected for the e-parliament program on July 18. Preparatory work for the remaining 2 additional e-govt applications (e-justice, e-procurement,) are well advanced. Implementation progress is rated Satisfactory.

 

GIFMIS

Implementation progress on, and the likelihood of achieving the developmental objectives of, the GIFMIS component is rated satisfactory, an improvement over the last ISR due essentially to the significant progress made in delivering on the activities particularly under sub-component 4.1 – PFM information systems. The ‘procure to pay’ functionality of the system that supports systems-based commitment control, has been rolled out to all MDAs in respect of transactions covering the consolidated fund of the Government. In effect, budget execution across all MDAs is facilitated and expenditure control, consistent with the appropriations and fund release rules, are complied with. There is, however, a dire need to make visible progress in implementing sub-component 4.2 – PFM Business Processes and Control Systems especially in the following key areas: review of the PFM legislations for consistency and for increased relevance as well as enable the Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) to report on all public finances rather than just on the consolidated (treasury) fund; fast-tracking the implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) in as much as some initial progress has been registered in the design and development of a phase one strategy that aims to link the government bank accounts with the Bank of Ghana in a TSA mode for reduced borrowing costs as part of government cash management; strengthening the monitoring and evaluation process; and the design of the business processes to enable the bringing in board those other funds (Internally Generated Funds, Statutory Funds, and Donor Funds) into GIFMIS for the purpose of transacting all government revenues and expenditures under a uniform financial management platform. Good progress has been achieved in the drive towards a full transition from a strictly activity-based, line item budgeting, to program based budgeting (PBB). Readiness has been achieved in rolling out the PBB to all MDAs during the current year’s preparation of the budget for 2014. Except for a number of issues that would need to be addressed to enable transition to the PBB to have real value, there is commitment across government to move on this budget reform agenda with great potentials for improved outcomes in expenditure management and service delivery. Training of all staff is progressing well as this will be the real test of the sustainability of systems implementation when the project closes in about 12 months’ time. Al so, there is good traction in the progress of upgrading the payroll system to a newer Oracle version so as to maintain a uniform platform, with the financials suite, and thus support the integrity of the payroll especially with the linkage of personnel with their respective biometric data. To further enhance the integrity of the payroll and reduce the potentials for ghost workers, an Human Resources Management Information System (HRMIS )is being initiated (now at procurement stage) that will ensure that only those personnel in active service in government can feature in the payroll and that the CAGD’s responsibilities will be limited for internal control purposes to payment of salaries rather than both ‘validation and payment’ as is currently the case. Extending the GIFMIS to Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) has started with a pilot of 7 MDAs almost completed. The plan is well in place to extend the rollout to the remaining MMDAs by the closure of the project. This will provide the requisite assurance for, and facilitate systems-generated consolidated fiscal operations reporting of, the Government of Ghana.

 

Key Decisions Regarding Implementation

The achievement of the Operational Acceptance for the largest e-govt PPP for Ghana Revenue Authority and Registrar General?s Department on June 5, 2013 is expected to make significant contribution to improving tax collection, and business registration in the country. Two key activities under the project which require urgent attention from Government are: i) the Connectivity of Selected Tertiary Institutions and ii) the development of a Grade A Facility to promote business development in the IT and IT enabled sector. The completion of these activities will make significant contribution to the achievement of the Project Development Objective.

 

Under GIFMIS, the completion of the legislative review of PFM laws and regulations for improved consistency with the needed revisions in the business processes for PFM is critical; equally, the bringing on board all government finances on GIFMIS as well as transition to a full Treasury Single Account for all government funds will be needed to enable fuller reporting on and comprehension of all government fund sources and uses and, at the same time, reduce the cost of domestic borrowing for the GoG.

 

19. Ghana Sustainable Land and Water Management
Implementing Agency: Ministry of Environment Science and Technology

Contact: Dr. Nicholas Iddi email [email protected]

Key Dates
Approval Date ????????????????????? 30-Nov-2010
Effectiveness Date ????????????????????????????? 09-Mar-2010
Original Closing Date ?????????? 15-Feb-2016

 

Amt committed: US$8.4 million???????? Amt disbursed: US$4.3 million

Global Environmental Objectives: Project Development Objective is (PDO): To (a) demonstrate improved sustainable land and water management practices aimed at reducing land degradation and enhancing maintenance of biodiversity in selected micro-watersheds, and (b) strengthen spatial planning for identification of linked watershed investments in the Northern Savannah region of Ghana.
Key Indicators for Project Development Objective:
– Area of land in selected micro-watersheds under new Sustainable Land and Watershed Management (SLWM) technologies (ha);
– Management effectiveness according to METT score in Gbele Resource Reserve and Wuru Kayero and Wahabu Wiasi corridor sites (score, disaggregated);
– Pre-feasibility studies conducted for new large-scale multipurpose water storage investments (number)

Components ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? Cost(US$m)
1. Capacity Building for integrated spatial planning ????????? 1.00
2. Water and Land Management ????????????????????????????????????? 6.45
3. Project Management and Coordination ??????????????????????? 0.70

Overall Ratings
Progress towards achievement of GEO Moderately Satisfactory
Overall Implementation Progress (IP) Moderately Satisfactory

Implementation Status Overview: Based on the information provided by the Borrower the overall project implementation status in the period covered by this report (November-2012 April 2013) is deemed to be moderately satisfactorily due to the uneven progress between project components and to some implementation challenges.
. Component 1, implemented by Savannah Agricultural Development Authority (SADA), is delayed although a project office was established in Tamale. Some mapping exercises were carried out and initial discussions for the development of the integrated spatial master Plan for the Northern Savannah Zone took place.
However, substantial effort from SADA is required to produce integrated spatial master Plan for the Northern Savannah Zone in 2013. The initial mapping due for 2012 is not yet completed and the conceptualization of the GIS system supporting the spatial master plan is yet to occur.
. Under component 2 the activities for watershed management have progressed well during 2012, with the sensitization and mobilization of local government agencies and communities (21 communities) for the preparation of participatory watershed management plans in six watersheds.
The plans are already under implementation and most activities should be carried out during the rainy season that normally starts in March. There was also progress in the Evaluation and Strategy for Payment for Environment Services (PES), where the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) started drafting an action plan to develop the PES strategy for the project. The Project’s Monitoring and Evaluation system is not yet in place and a task force was put in place to deliver draft Terms of Reference for the assignment are under discussion with the Bank.
. On component 3 the Borrower is still preparing an addendum to the Project Implementation Manual, setting forth the eligibility criteria and detailed procedures for the selection, approval and implementation of Subprojects, including a model form of the Subproject Agreement. A draft was reviewed by the Bank which recommended some adjustments to ensure that the models are culturally adequate to project implementation cultural environment. There were minor short comings in the project?s financial management arrangements. The challenges in Financial Management are being addressed and terms of reference for a comprehensive training program for the Project Team (i.e. project management, procurement, financial management, safeguards and strategic communications) were prepared. An action plan is currently under implementation to address the deficiencies. The 2013 work and procurement plans have been prepared and reviewed by the Bank. Some adjustments were recommended and are being implemented by the Project. Based on the above the Team considers that it may be opportune to take advantage of the discussions of possible Additional Financing operation to discuss a project restructuring so as to promote a swifter and smoother project implementation. As of April 2013 the disbursement rate under the GEF grant had reached 40.4% At the same time, firm commitments and disbursement of counterpart financing by Government of Ghana have reached US$ 3.4 million, or 43% of the counterpart financing amount.

Key Decisions Regarding Implementation
The project has secured GEF-5 resources in the amount of USD 8.73million (under the Sahel and West Africa Program) as an Additional Financing to the operation. The rationale for expanding the current project is that: (i) the proposed up-scaling in coverage will provide adequate scale to generate and demonstrate results at a watershed level; (ii) the project was
originally designed with a wider coverage, which could not be funded under the then available GEF-4 resources. Specifically, the additional financing is expected to provide financing to support two additional sites within the Western wildlife corridor (WWC), twelve additional districts for SLWM and land use planning activities and expansion of scope to cover climate changes and sustainable forest management activities. The preparation of the additional financing operation, will also allow an opportunity to restructure some aspects of the project that have hampered swift implementation, notably the financial management arrangements, the overall project oversight arrangements and, likely the component 1 of the project (see also components for challenges and update on the progress). Overall, the objectives of the project will remain unchanged, unless the component 1 is decided to be dropped during the upcoming mission in May 2013. However, the output indicators defined to attain the PDO will be slightly revised to include aspects of the additional financing and any small restructuring of the component activities as deemed necessary.

20. Ghana Urban Water Project

Implementing Agency: Ghana Water Company Limited

Contact: Daniel Bampoh ??email [email protected], [email protected]

 

Key Dates

Approval Date ????????????????????? 27-Jul-2004

Effectiveness Date ?????????????? ?????????????? 21-Mar-2005

Original Closing Date ?????????? 31-Dec-2010

Revised Closing Date ????????? 31-Dec-2015

 

Amt committed US$153 million ???????? Amt disbursed: US$73.4 million

 

Project Development Objectives: The project’s principal development objectives are to (i) significantly increase access to the piped water system in Ghana’s urban centers, with an emphasis on improving access, affordability and service reliability to the urban poor; and (ii) restoring long-term financial stability, viability and sustainability of the Ghana Water Company Limited.

 

Components??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? ???? Cost (US$ m)

1. System Expansion and Rehabilitation?????????????????????????? ????????????? 89.68

2. Public-Private Partnership Development??????? ???????????????????????????? 15.19

3. Capacity Building and Project Management???????????????????????????????? 8.74

4. Severance Program ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? 13.90

 

Overall Ratings

Progress towards achievement of PDO Moderately Satisfactory

Overall Implementation Progress (IP) ?????????????? Moderately Satisfactory

Overall Risk Rating???????????????????????????????????????????? Low

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Implementation Status Overview

Progress made on the execution of some of the works has been slower than planned due mainly to delays on the boreholes drilling and rehabilitation contract. This contract got behind schedule due to delayed payment of the counterpart portion of the costs and the rainy season and affected most of the other works since they needed the location and characteristics of the boreholes to finalize the distribution system. The contractual issues were resolved and availability of counterpart funds should not be an issue in the future since the project was restructured to finance 100 percent of the costs. However, progress of the different works needs to be closely monitored to avoid further delays. The Coalition of NGOs in Water and Sanitation (CONIWAS) is tracking progress of the investments and their impact in some of the project areas and is collaborating on the deployment of a smart phone based tool to report deficiencies in the provision of water services.

 

Key Decisions Regarding Implementation: Resume quarterly meetings of the Steering Committee.

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21. Ghana Sustainable Rural Water & Sanitation Services Project

Implementing Agency: Community Water and Sanitation Agency

Contact Ernest Doe, [email protected]

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Key Dates

Approval Date ?????? ?23-Jun-2010

Effectiveness Date ??06-Dec-2010

Closing Date ???????? ?30-Jun-2016

 

Amt committed US$75m ??? Amt disbursed US$21.4m

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Project Development Objectives

The project?s development objective is to expand access to, and ensure sustainability of water and sanitation services in rural and small town communities in six regions over the next 6 years.

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Components ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? Cost (US$m)

1. Rural and Small Town Water Supply ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? 47.60

2. Rural and Small Town Integrated Sanitation & Hygiene Promotion ??????????? 18.60

3. Institutional Strengthening and Project Management ????????????????? 11.10

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Overall Ratings

Progress towards achievement of PDO Satisfactory

Overall Implementation Progress (IP) ?????????????? Moderately Satisfactory

Overall Risk Rating ???????????????????????????? Moderate

 

Implementation Status Overview

Project implementation started in January 2011. Procurement activities are progressing well even though there has been some slippage in relation to the original procurement plan prepared by CWSA and approved by the Bank. The slippage can however be still contained within the project implementation period. To date, contracts for consultancy services for the Hydrological study, Design and Supervision of borehole drilling and construction of pipe systems for 5 of the 6 beneficiary regions have been concluded and Consultants are currently providing services with some activities having reached the stage for the tendering to start. The contract for the last region, ie. Brong Ahafo region which encountered some procurement problems and resulted in considerable delays is expected to be signed by close of December 2012. Procurement of Consultants for Hygiene Education and Sanitation in the 6 beneficiary regions have also advanced considerably and to date contracts have been concluded for beneficiary district assemblies in 4 out of the 6 beneficiary regions and it is expected that contracts will be signed for the beneficiary districts in the remaining 2 regions by close of January 2013. Procurement of Consultants for the Sector Information System is in progress and it is expected that by the first quarter of 2013 the Consultant will be mobilized to start work. Training in Environmental and Social Safeguards for the beneficiary districts and Regional Coordinating Councils and for the the Community Water and Sanitation Agency has been completed.Training in Procurement and Financial Management which

started in August is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2013.

 

Key Decisions Regarding Implementation

To ensure that areas within beneficiary regions with high fluoride and salinity are also provided with water supply under the project, the project will consider alternative options of supply including connection to transmission lines of the GWCL (the urban water provider).While alternative water supply system designs will be considered to ensure reasonable cost per capita, sustainability of the selected option will be assured. Designs of small town water supply systems will take into consideration the cost effective options for providing for dispersed settlements particularly found in the northern regions.

22. Ghana Local Government Capacity Support Project
Implementing Agency: Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare. Contact: Mrs. Levina Owusu emal: [email protected]

Key Dates
Approval Date ?????? 22-Mar-2011
Effectiveness Date 15-Nov-2011
Closing Date ???????? 30-Jun-2017

Amt committed: US$175m Amt disbursed: US$26.7m

Project Development Objectives
i. To strengthen the intergovernmental fiscal framework;
ii. To strengthen local public financial management and accountability for improved infrastructure and services in urban assemblies; and
iii. To improve citizens’ engagement with urban assemblies and their perceptions of urban management.

Components ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? Cost (US$m)
1. Strengthening the fiscal framework for decentralization ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? 4.90
2. Enhancing decentralized urban service delivery ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? 156.20
3. Stimulating demand for accountable local gov service delivery ??????????????????????????????????????????????? 3.80
4. Institutional and Project Management Support ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? 5.90

Overall Ratings
Progress towards achievement of PDO Satisfactory
Overall Implementation Progress (IP) ?????????????? Satisfactory
Overall Risk Rating ???????????????????????????? Moderate

Implementation Status Overview

This is the fourth Implementation Status Results (ISR) following the February 3 – 15, 2013 Implementation Support Mission. As of February 25, 2013, IDA had disbursed $US 26.75 million out of the original US$175 million approved amount, representing about 15.3% disbursement. The disbursement ratio will improve once the current withdrawal applications for DA1 as well as the second tranche of the Urban Development Grant (UDG) for 2012 are processed. Although project implementation is at an early stage, the mission confirms that the project objectives and results indicators are relevant and achievable during the project period. There is good progress in the implementation of the project including agreed actions during the September 2012 mission. The Government of Ghana team is commended for providing detailed documentation on the implementation status for the various activities under the Project.

23. Ghana – West Africa Regional Fisheries Program
Implementing Agencies: Secretariat to the Fisheries Commission, Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development
Contact: Dr Cornelius Adablah, email: [email protected]

Key Dates
Approval Date ?????? 14-Jul-2011
Effectiveness Date 12-Jun-2012
Closing Date ???????? 31-Dec-2017

Amt committed US$50.3m Amt disbursed US$5.1m (IDA)
Amt committed US$3.5m??? Amt disbursed US$0.4m (GEF)

Project Development Objectives
Ghana – West Africa Regional Fisheries Program (P124775)

The Project Development Objective is to support the sustainable management of Ghana?s fish and aquatic resources by: (i) strengthening the country?s capacity to sustainably govern and manage the fisheries; (ii) reducing illegal fishing; (iii) increasing the value and profitability generated by the fish resources and the proportion of that value captured by the country; and (iv) developing aquaculture.
Ghana – West Africa Regional Fisheries Program (GEF) (P124812)
Global Environmental Objective
The Project Development Objective of the Global Environment Facility is to support the sustainable management of Ghana?s fish and aquatic resources by: (i) strengthening the country?s capacity to sustainably govern and manage the fisheries; (ii) reducing illegal fishing; (iii) increasing the value and profitability generated by the fish resources and the proportion of that value captured by the country; and (iv) developing aquaculture.

Components ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? IDA (US$m) ????????? GEF(US$m)
1 Good Governance and Sustainable Management of the Fisheries. ??????????? ????????????????????????????? 15.2 ?????? ?????????????? 3.5
2 Reduction of Illegal Fishing. ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? ?????????????? 10.9
3. Increasing the Contribution of Fish Resources to the National Economy ?? ?????????????? 12.1
4. Aquaculture Development. ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? ?????????????? 8.0
5. Regional Coordination, Monitoring and Evaluation and Project Management.????????????????????????? 4.1

Overall Ratings
Progress towards achievement of PDO Moderately Satisfactory
Progress towards achievement of GEO Moderately Satisfactory
Overall Implementation Progress (IP) ?????????????? Moderately Satisfactory

Implementation Status Overview

Since effectiveness in June 2012, the project has set up a Project Management Team, consisting of a Project Coordinator, Procurement Specialist, Financial Management Specialist and Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist. This is preparing the first batch of terms of reference for the project, including for the Fisheries Governance and Management Specialist, Value Addition Specialist and Aquaculture Specialist to support the Fisheries Commission in implementing the project. A first disbursement in the amount of USD 4.69 million was made in November 2013. Project was previously rated Moderately Unsatisfactory in April 2012 due to delay in reaching effectiveness.

Key Decisions Regarding Implementation: This is an interim Implementation Status Results (ISR). An implementation support mission took place from April 15-23, 2013.

24. West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program 2A

Implementing Agencies: CORAF/WECARD, Ministry of Food and Agriculture

Contact: Azara Ali- Mamshie email:[email protected]

 

Key Dates

Board Approval Date ?????????? 22-May-2012

Closing Date ??????????????????????? 31-Dec-2017

 

Amt committed US$160m ? ?Amt disbursed US$16.7m

Project Development Objectives

The development objective of WAAPP-2A is to scale-up the generation, dissemination and adoption of improved technologies in the participating countries? priority agricultural commodity areas.

 

Components ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? Cost (US$m)

1. Enabling conditions Sub-Region Cooperation in Generation, Dissem&Adoption of Agric Tech 7.20

2. National Centers of Specialisation (NCOS) ??????????????????????????????????????????????? ????????????????????????????? 27.40

3. Support to Demand-driven Technology Generation, Dissemination & Adoption ????????????????????? 75.10

4. Project Coordination, Management and Monitoring and Evaluation ?????????? ????????????????????????????? ?????????????? 10.30

 

Overall Ratings

Progress towards achievement of PDO Satisfactory

Overall Implementation Progress (IP) ?????????????? Satisfactory

Overall Risk Rating ???????????????????????????? Moderate

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Implementation Status Overview

Senegal and Ghana parliaments have approved the project financing. All conditions for effectiveness have been fulfilled by Senegal and Ghana is processing the legal opinion which will complete the set of effectiveness conditions for this country. It is likely that effectiveness be declared for Senegal before November 30 and for Ghana before December 7. AWP&B have been already prepared and discussed in country and at regional level. The project is therefore ready to start activities in December 2012 and officially launched in January.

 

25. West Africa Regional Transport and Transit Facilitation Project
Implementing Agencies: Ministry of Infrastructure (Burkina Faso), Ministry of Roads and Highways, Ministry of Transport (MOT)/National Coordination Unit (NCU)

Contact: Godwin Brocke, [email protected]

Key Dates
Approval Date ?????? 19-Jun-2008
Effectiveness Date 02-Oct-2008
Closing Date ???????? 31-Mar-2014

Amt committed: US$ 190m ????????????? Amt Disbursed: US$117.2m

Project Development Objectives: The project is expected to support the implementation of the first phase the WAEMU/Ghana?s Road Program I (RP-I) program. This program is intended to facilitate transport and transit on the Tema — Ouagadougou — Bamako corridor as a pilot for other priority corridors.

Components ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? Cost (US$m)
1. Corridor road infrastructure improvement. ?????????????????? 164.70
2. Corridor transport and transit facilitation measures. ???? ??35.70

Overall Ratings
Progress towards achievement of PDO Moderately Satisfactory
Overall Implementation Progress (IP) ?????????????? Moderately Satisfactory
Overall Risk Rating ???????????????????????????? Substantial

Implementation Status Overview
Project implementation has improved substantially over the last 6 months primarily due to the: (a) full resumption of all project activities in Mali, including start of Sikasso – Heremakono road rehabilitation works; (b) improved performance of the civil works component in Ghana; (c) substantial completion of the civil works component in Burkina Faso; and (d) renewed progress being made in implementing the interconnection/interface of customs management systems between Ghana – Burkina Faso – Mali. In light of the improved project performance over the last six month it was decided to upgrade the implementation performance rating of the project from ‘Moderately Unsatisfactory’ to ‘Moderately Satisfactory’. Going forward the involved Governments and World Bank Project Team will focus the supervision effort to ensure that by the project closing date, the remaining project activities are substantially completed and that substantial progress is made in implementing key regional facilitation activities such as the interconnection/interface of the customs management systems. As of mid-April 2013, disbursements had reached about US$100 million against a Project Appraisal Document (PAD) target of approximately US$173 million and contractually committed funds had reached 90%. For the current World Bank fiscal year (FY13) projected revised disbursement target is around US$45 million which is above the FY13 Project Appraisal Document disbursement projections of US$41 million.

26. Abidjan-Lagos Trade and Transport Facilitation Project

Implementing Agencies: Ministry of Roads and Highways, PST/MDCTTP/PR, Ministere du Developpement, de la Cooperation et Amenagement du Territoire, ALCO – Secretariat Executif de l’Organisation du Corridor Abidjan-Lagos

Contact Godwin Brocke email [email protected]

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Key Dates

Approval Date ?????? 23-Mar-2010

Effectiveness Date 06-Aug-2010

Closing Date ???????? 30-Sep-2016

Amt committed US228m ??? Amt disbursed US$62.3m

Project Development Objectives

The objective of the ALTTFP (APL1) is to reduce trade and transport barriers in the ports and on the roads along the Abidjan-Lagos corridor in Ghana, Togo, and Benin.

 

Components ??????????????????????????????????????????????????? ?????????????? Cost (US$m)

1. Trade Facilitation ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? ?13.70

2. Improvement of Corridor’s Road Infrastructure ??????????? ?????????????? 234.30

3. Project Management and Coordination ??????????????????????? ????3.50

4 HIV/AIDS and Corridor Performance????????????????????????????? ?? ??????????? ????6.00

 

Overall Ratings

Progress towards achievement of PDO ???????????? Satisfactory

Overall Implementation Progress (IP) ?????????????? ?????????????? Moderately Satisfactory

Overall Risk Rating ??????????????????????????????????????????? High Substantial

 

Implementation Status Overview

The first phase (APL1) project of the regional Abidjan-Lagos Trade and Transport Facilitation Program ? which includes Ghana, Togo and Benin – is in its third year of implementation. Overall the project development objectives are rated satisfactory with all the PDO indicators likely to be achieved by project completion. The overall implementation progress remains moderately satisfactory because of delays in the inception of civil works in Benin. At the same time, significant progress has been registered in the three countries covered by the project in the implementation of all components, and all the major procurement packages have been awarded. All roads civil works contracts are under execution, with the works in Togo expected to be completed by end- June 2013. The overall disbursement rate has increased from 16 % (US$35.6 million) in December 2012 to about 23% (US$52 million) in May 2013.

The implementation of trade facilitation activities, including regional collaboration and information sharing, have progressed more substantially although the pace of Customs and port reforms remains – as expected – relatively slow. All the trade facilitation indicators results (measured as of December 2012) have improved. Notable improvements have been registered in the performance of the Cotonou port – with significant reduction of port dwell times due to better organization of traffic, full implementation of the “single window” and streamlining of some Customs procedures; and in the reduction of border crossing times between Benin and Togo, and Ghana and Togo along the Corridor. The National Facilitation Committees are implementing their plans of training, advocacy and awareness of stakeholders concerning the reduction of road blocks. The collaboration between Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire on Customs interconnectivity has started. The second phase (pilot implementation) of the Authorized Economic Operator in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire has also started under a Trade Facilitation Facility financing linked to the project.

 

27. Regional Trade Facilitation Project II

Implementation Agency: Ministry of Finance

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Key Dates

Approval Date ????????????????????? 14-Jun-2011

Closing Date ??????????????????????? 30-Apr-2017

Effectiveness Date ????????????????????????????? 08-Oct-2012

Revised Closing Date ????????? 30-Apr-2017

 

Amt Committed US$27.5m ?????????????? Amt Disbursed US$5.9m

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Project Development Objectives

The Program Development Objective (PDO) remains unchanged from the Regional Trade Facilitation Project I, and that is to facilitate private sector-led trade flows, investment and productive activities through the provision of insurance, coinsurance, reinsurance, financial instruments and related services. The key results expected include: – Increased trade in participating countries, measured by the volume ($) of trade in participating countries insured by Africa Trade Insurance Agency (ATI) policies (disaggregated by domestic, intra-regional and international).

– Increased investment in participating countries, measured by the volume ($) of investment in participating countries insured by ATI policies (disaggregated by domestic, intra-regional and international); and,

– Increased private participation through reinsurance and co-insurance partnerships with private and public insurers, measured by the volume of reinsurance obtained.

 

Components?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? Cost(US$m)

1. Provide financial facility that pools the capital contributed by African Member States (AMS) through

their subscription in ATI’s share capital.??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? ????????? ?????????0.00

2. Insurance Facility (Ghana IDA-50070) ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? ?????????????? ?20.00

3. Insurance Facility (Benin – IDA- H7250) ??????? ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? ???7.5

 

Overall Ratings

Progress towards achievement of PDO Moderately Unsatisfactory

Overall Implementation Progress (IP) ???Moderately Unsatisfactory

Overall Risk Rating ???????????????????????????? Low

 

Implementation Status Overview

The Operation was approved by the Board on June 14, 2011. Financing Agreement for Benin was signed on November 9, 2011, and the Financing Agreement for Ghana was signed on August 7, 2012. The Grant No H725-BJ for Benin became effective on October 8, 2012. The Development Objective and Implementation Progress ratings have been downgraded to Moderately Unsatisfactory because of the delays in effectiveness. It took 16 months for the Financing Agreement of Benin to become effective, and it is now 2 years since the project was approved, but the Ghana Financing Agreement (FA) did not become effective. On February 3, 2013, the Bank unilaterally extended the final date for effectiveness to May 3, 2013. The main reason for the delays in effectiveness of the Ghana Credit is that further Cabinet and Parliament review of the ATI Treaty is needed. But approval did not happen during the unilateral extension period and therefore the Ghana portion will be canceled.

 

Key Decisions Regarding Implementation

The Ghana Financing Agreement will be canceled given the operation was not signed after waiting for almost two years after the approval of the operation by the Bank’s Board.

 

For more information on the World Bank’s work in Ghana, please visit: www.worldbank.org/ghana

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