Regional infrastructure for Social and Economic Development Project

Period (Date of Loan Agreement):
    March 29, 2007


Amount Provided:
    23,519 million Yen

Executing Agency:
    Directorate General of Human Settlements, Ministry of Public Works

Key Points:
    Supporting poverty reduction by developing/rehabilitating small-scale infrastructure, including in the water supply, healthcare and education sectors, based on local community needs

The objective of the project is to improve the access of the poor people to economic opportunities and social services in the targeted predominantly poor communities. The project consists of needs-based development/rehabilitation of infrastructure facilities for the following sectors as subcomponents: (1) transport; (2) water supply and sanitation; (3) small-scale irrigation; (4) markets; (5) (primary) healthcare; and (6) education. Another subcomponent is (7) microfinance service, which is introduced on a pilot basis. The project will thus contribute to poverty reduction, self-sustained development of the local economies, self-reliant capacity building of the local communities and the enhancement of administrative capacity for the local governments. The project is due to be completed in 2011.