Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date 12 Feb 2007
PDS Updated as of 09 Apr 2008

Project Name Decentralized Elementary Education Project (Sindh)
Country Pakistan
Project/Program Number 30208-013
Status Closed
Geographical Location Selected key districts.
In preparing any country program or strategy, financing any project, or by making any designation of, or reference to, a particular territory or geographic area in this document, the Asian Development Bank does not intend to make any judgments as to the legal or other status of any territory or area.
Sector Education
Subsector Pre-Primary and Basic Education
Strategic Agendas
Drivers of Change
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Categories


Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)
Loan1916Asian Development Fund75,000
TOTAL US$ 75,000

Safeguard Categories

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Environment C

Summary of Environmental and Social Issues

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

During Project Design
During Project Implementation


The objective of the Project is to increase access to pro-poor decentralized public elementary school system of improved quality. Improved elementary education throughout Sindh will result in a strong education foundation for future socioeconomic development and poverty reduction. Increased inputs to elementary education will raise retention rates especially for girls and the rural poor leading to greater numbers continuing on to further schooling and to wider job opportunities for those leaving school after grade eight. The Project will raise the quality of elementary education to enable students to reach their potential to participate in human-centered economic development. The Project will strengthen decentralized management at the provincial, district, sub-district and school levels. The Project will result in strengthening the public elementary school system in Sindh to better provide quality public goods more equitably especially for females and the rural poor in the newly decentralized education system. By providing universal access to quality education, the Project aims to reduce inequities between public and private schools found in Sindh.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

To be determined.

Development Impact

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Towards Outcome

Outputs and Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Status of Development Objectives
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing 2007 Feb 12
Consulting Services
Three consultant packages are required for a total of 9 person-months of international consultants and 1,161 person-months of local consultants. The domestic consultants in Package A will be recruited through a firm while domestic consultant under Package B will be recruited individually by the EA. International and local consultants in Package C will be procured through a firm. Package A includes 768 person-months of consultants to work intensively with staff in 16 district education offices. Package B includes 384 person-months of local consultants to work in Karachi to supervise and monitor training and financial management of school development funds and district imprest sub-accounts. Package C includes 9 person-months of international consultants and 9 person-months of local consultants to carry out detailed facilities and staffing inventory of elementary schools to determine the long-term budgetary implications of sustaining the elementary school system in Sindh.
Schools will purchase instructional materials using direct purchase. These materials will include grades 6 to 8 textbooks and materials developed for innovative training programs which include preprimary education, revised Madrasah curriculum, life-skills awareness, and enrollment projection training. Office equipment, furniture, computers, vehicles (districts) and motor bikes (tehsils) will be provided to one provincial PIU, 16 districts and 102 tehsil education offices. Each office will procure its own set of equipment as required through direct purchase to ensure quick delivery.
Procurement and Consulting Notices


Concept Clearance
Fact-finding 28 Jan 2002 to 21 Feb 2002
Management Review Meeting 03 May 2002
Approval 19 Sep 2002
Last Review Mission


Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual
Loan 1916 19 Sep 2002 09 Apr 2003 31 Jul 2003 30 Jun 2009 16 Oct 2008


Date Approval Number ADB (US$ thousand) Others (US$ thousand) Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
23 Oct 2014 Loan 1916 8,703 0 99.00%
Cumulative Disbursements
23 Oct 2014 Loan 1916 8,834 0 100.00%

Status of Covenants

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Approval No. Category
Sector Social Financial Economic Others Safeguards Project Financial Statements
Loan 1916

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer Linda Arthur (
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Urban Development and Water Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies Department of Education, Sindh Secretariat


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