Digital Nepal Acceleration (DNA) Project (WB-P176543)

Regions
  • South Asia
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Countries
  • Nepal
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • World Bank (WB)
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
Project Status
Approved
Stage of the project cycle. Stages vary by development bank and can include: pending, approval, implementation, and closed or completed.
Bank Risk Rating
B
Environmental and social categorization assessed by the development bank as a measure of the planned project’s environmental and social impacts. A higher risk rating may require more due diligence to limit or avoid harm to people and the environment. For example, "A" or "B" are risk categories where "A" represents the highest amount of risk. Results will include projects that specifically recorded a rating, all other projects are marked ‘U’ for "Undisclosed."
Voting Date
Apr 12, 2022
Date when project documentation and funding is reviewed by the Board for consideration and approval. Some development banks will state a "board date" or "decision date." When funding approval is obtained, the legal documents are accepted and signed, the implementation phase begins.
Borrower
Ministry of Finance
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
Investment Amount (USD)
$ 140.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Loan Amount (USD)
$ 140.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 180.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ WB website

Updated in EWS May 9, 2022

Disclosed by Bank Sep 22, 2021


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Project Description
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According to World Bank, the objective of this project is to create the digital foundations that increase access to and adoption of digital services, supporting Nepal’s resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The project seeks to expand access to broadband in project areas, to improve the capacity of individuals and businesses to engage in the digital economy, and to enhance the foundations for digital government.

ENVIRONMENT RISK RATING

The project activities to be financed include civil works related to enhancement of broadband infrastructure, deployment of high-speed broadband networks based on fiber optic cable or advanced wireless technologies to facilitate remote work during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, and upgrading middle-mile network infrastructure. In addition, a global standard national cyber security center(NCSC) will be established and technical assistance will be provided to conduct feasibility study for establishing an IT Park. The government will construct four data centers (physical infrastructure considered as “associated facilities” for the Project) where the Project will finance supply and installation of IT and ancillary equipment. The environmental risks and impacts are expected to be site-specific, short-term, and reversible. Potential environmental impacts include: (i) soil removal and vegetation clearance for the construction of the new data centers, cyber security center and for the deployment of fiber optic cables; (ii) generation of solid waste from residual construction materials; (iii) management and disposal of electronic waste (E- waste) as a result of the decommission of old equipment which includes unused e-gadgets, fibers and electronic wires; and (iv) nuisance related to dust generation, vibration and noise during construction activities. Waste management and safe disposal of construction debris as well as managing construction impacts, including change in traffic patterns impacting road safety conditions and access, dust, noise and vibration will be important during the construction phase. E-waste will be generated during the operational phase as a result of the decommissioning of old equipment which includes unused e-gadgets, fibers and electronic wires during operation phase.

Some of the project's activities might also be carried out in areas hosting vulnerable and indigenous populations, thus a framework to guide their inclusion into project benefits will be required.

People Affected By This Project
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Investment Description
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Contact Information
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World Bank

Team Leader: Siddhartha Raja,Senior Digital Development Specialist

Borrower/Client/Recipient

Ministry of Finance:

Ishwori Prasad Aryal,

Joint Secretary, IECCD

iaryal@mof.gov.np

Implementing Agencies

Nepal Telecommunications Authority:

Surendra Lal Hada
Director, Infrastructure Division slhada@nta.gov.np

ACCESS TO INFORMATION

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ACCOUNTABILITY MECHANISM OF THE WORLD BANK

The World Bank Inspection Panel is the independent complaint mechanism and fact-finding body for people who believe they are likely to be, or have been, adversely affected by a World Bank-financed project. If you submit a complaint to the Inspection Panel, they may investigate to assess whether the World Bank is following its own policies and procedures for preventing harm to people or the environment. You can contact the Inspection Panel or submit a complaint by emailing ipanel@worldbank.org. Information on how to file a complaint and a complaint request form are available at: https://www.inspectionpanel.org/how-to-file-complaint

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