The World Bank conducted a launch mission of the project in Kathmandu on August 2-5, 2017. The mission was led remotely by Haddy Jatou Sey (Senior Social Development Specialist and TTL) and comprised Yogesh Bom Malla (Financial Management Specialist), Chandra Kishor Mishra (Procurement Specialist), and Ayala Peled Ben Ari (Operations Consultant).

The mission focused on work sessions with ANSAB’s operational and fiduciary staff. On August 2, 2017, staff from ANSAB participated in a procurement, financial management and disbursement training at the World Bank Kathmandu office. ANSAB’s fiduciary staff were provided with an overview of relevant procurement procedures, procurement arrangements, Bank’s review and implementation support requirements, record management and procurement best practices. The Bank provided financial management and disbursement training to ANSAB’s administrative staff, including on financial reporting, external auditing, record keeping and procedures for use of Client Connection to submit withdrawal applications electronically.

 On August 3, the Operations Consultant met with the ANSAB management and introduced the mission program. On August 3 and 4, the Operations Consultant worked closely with ANSAB staffs at ANSAB office and finalized the project work plan and ‎budget with the development of supporting documents for capacity building consultancies, preparation of a 6-months ‎action plan and procurement plan, and the provision of any other needed operational support and guidance, ‎including on M&E implementation, grievance redress and safeguards as directed in the respective ‎project paper and grant agreement.

A regional preparatory workshop on FCPF – Capacity Building on REDD+ for Civil Society Organizations and Local Communities in East Asia Pacific and South Asia Region was organized by the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) and ANSAB on May 30-31, 2016 in Kathmandu, Nepal. The workshop involved participation of 25 practitioners and experts from six FCPF countries eligible to received funding – Bhutan, Fiji, Pakistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, and PNG; and the current and former Civil Society Organization (CSO) observers. During the workshop, the country representatives presented on the country-level ongoing activities on capacity building and awareness raising with the identification and prioritization of country level needs, and discussed regional workplan for capacity building activities in Asia Pacific region. The workshop finalized the selection modality, eligibility criteria of CSOs and activities for capacity building, and the terms of reference and composition of the regional advisory committee for the implementation of the FCPF capacity building activities.