NIRAS was also the first provider of evaluation under the previous AIDS Framework Agreement on Evaluations, Audits and RBM Services. Since 2011, NIRAS has carried out and ensured the quality of more than 190 assessment missions worldwide, as well as 160 short-term consulting missions. Most of these assessments and counselling services were provided to AIDS and Swedish embassies. Since April 2016, NIRAS has been tasked with carrying out eight evaluations for AIDS and Swedish embassies under the framework agreement, such as: Strategy 2020 is the new long-term strategic framework of the ADB that will cover the period 2008-2020. This framework will serve as a planning document at the level of ADB institutions and will give the ADB a more relevant and innovative role in organizing the future of the region. The 2020 strategy will refocus ADB`s activities on the three development modes of economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth and regional integration. The services covered by the Framework Agreement include the management and conduct of evaluations (project and programme evaluations, thematic and country evaluations, synthesis evaluations) and the provision of evaluation-related services. NIRAS manages the Framework Agreement and ensures that the evaluations carried out meet the OECD/DAC quality criteria. The main entry point for project and procurement information is the Business Opportunities page of the ADB website. The Projects section contains links to a lot of information about the acquisition plans, project documents, and design and monitoring frameworks that will be defined when preparing a project. Procurement notices are also published by country on the ADB website. Then, the EIA is sent to the government of the borrowing country for approval by the cabinet.
As soon as it is available, the loan agreement will be signed by the president of the ADB and the government representative. At the end of these negotiations, the credit application is submitted for approval to the ADB Board of Directors. This document is known as the President`s Report and Recommendation (CRR). Following the approval of the loan by the Board of Directors, the EIA and related legal agreements will be published on the ADB website. Following the evaluation, the draft loan agreement and the programme proposal will be submitted for consideration by interested parties. After collecting all the feedback, the ADB begins negotiations with the borrowing government. The ADB`s legal counsel and project manager then re-test the agreement to ensure that it meets all the required conditions. If this is the case, the credit is formally declared effective. Credit documents usually leave 90 days for the credit agreement to take effect. Implementation: ADB-based projects are implemented by the implementer according to the agreed schedule and procedures. A project management memorandum sets out the modalities of implementation and details of the project. Evaluation and approval: The ADB carries out an assessment mission to the country to assess the feasibility of the project.
Following the field assessment, the assessment mission shall, if necessary, carry out further studies, analyses and field consultations. A credit proposal report and a draft credit agreement are drawn up. The ADB uses the following tendering procedures for ICB government procurement, as described on the Tender Procedure page: The Asian Development Bank procures goods and/or services for its institutional requirements to support the ADB`s activities at market prices, using the most competitive purchasing method and taking due account of the reputation of the seller or contractor. Delivery time, payment terms and availability of adequate warranty and service facilities, among others….