Improving Fiscal Sustainability Program (Subprogram 1) (ADB-55017-001)

  • Nauru
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  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
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Voting Date
Mar 18, 2024
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Government of Nauru - Department of Finance
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 5.60 million
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Project Cost (USD)
$ 10.70 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ ADB website

Updated in EWS Mar 5, 2024

Disclosed by Bank Oct 16, 2023

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Project Description
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According to the Bank’s website, the proposed Improving Fiscal Sustainability Program will help the Government of Nauru strengthen gender-responsive fiscal sustainability by implementing policy and institutional reforms to (i) enhance fiscal and debt management, (ii) improve the governance of state-owned enterprises (SOEs), (iii) advance social protection systems; (iv) increase women's economic participation; and (v) reduce gender-based violence (GBV). The program will support key operational priorities of Strategy 2030 of the Asian Development Bank (ADB): addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities, accelerating progress in gender equality, and strengthening governance and institutional capacity. The program aligns with all three objectives in ADB's Pacific Approach, 2021-2025: preparing for and responding to shocks, delivering sustainable services, and supporting inclusive growth. The program was designed knowing that Nauru is both a small island developing state and a fragile and conflict-affected situation.

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The program is expected to be categorized C for environment, involuntary resettlement, and indigenous peoples.

Investment Description
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The government has requested a grant not exceeding $10 million from ADB’s Asian Development Fund to help finance the program. The proposed financing is expected to be disbursed in two subprograms—$5 million for subprogram 1 in FY2024 and $5 million for subprogram 2 in FY2026. With the narrow economic and revenue base sensitive to changes from the NRPC and the NRPC winding down, Nauru faces significant fiscal uncertainty. The program will help the government meet its projected fiscal deficit and development financing needs of $10.7 million in FY2024 (6.9% of GDP). The proposed financing will also help the government maintain the 3 months of non-NRPC expenditure fiscal cash buffer and defray some higher social protection costs.

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