Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date 05 Feb 2007
PDS Updated as of 13 Apr 2010

Project Name Chittagong Hill Tracts Rural Development
Country Bangladesh
Project/Program Number 32467-013
Status Approved
Geographical Location Chittagong Hill Tracts, including the districts of Rangamati, Khagrachari and Bandarban.
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 Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
Subsector Agriculture and Natural Resources
Strategic Agendas
Drivers of Change
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Categories


Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)

Safeguard Categories

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Environment B

Summary of Environmental and Social Issues

An initial environmental examination (IEE) has been prepared in accordance with ADB's Environmental Assessment Requirements and Environmental Review Procedures. The IEE finds that the Project will not create any significant changes in the social, physical, or biological environment. Construction related impacts will not be a major factor because most of the roads will follow existing allignments. An intital social assessment survey carrried out for ADB during project identification showed that the rural population in the CHT was likely to be among the poorest in Bangladesh. The Project is designed to have a measurable impact on reducing poverty in the rural areas through providing improved rural infrastructure, community facilities (about 40% of rural families) and will use a participatory process where beneficiaries will form part of all planning and implementing activities.

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

Planned and carried out.

During Project Design
During Project Implementation


The objective of the Project is to help reduce the incidence of absolute poverty in the CHT. A supporting objective will be to provide a confidence-building environment to underpin the peace accord. These objectives will be achieved through (i) increasing employment and income-generating opportunities through improved rural infrastructure; (ii) providing access to training and improved on- and off-farm productive technology; (iii) increasing the availability of microfinance services to expand productive activities; and (iv) strengthening the capacity of local government institutions, NGOs, and beneficiaries to plan and implement local development activities, thus providing a sound institutional capability for further development initiatives. The Project scope includes (i) upgrading basic rural infrastructure of feeder roads, rural roads, and trails (including bridges and culverts); (ii) a community development component that will establish a community investment fund in each subdistrict to provide matching funds for small-scale activities at the village level; (iii) provision of microfinance to enable the poor to improve their income generation capacity through development of microenterprises; and (iv) project management support.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Rural poverty and lack of resources epitomize economic life in the CHT. A large percentage of the rural community consists of people who do not have secure rights to land use, clearly a disincentive to their investing in improved farming techniques and resource management. Additionally, the CHT s infrastructure is poor, markets are underdeveloped, and the institutional support system is not structured to address the needs of the rural poor and landless. The Project will be among the first major development initiatives in the CHT for over two decades. It will contribute to efforts to reduce the incidence of poverty among the rural population in the CHT through developing the basic physical infrastructure and income-generating opportunities that will (i) substantially raise the standard of living of the landless and small marginal farmers, and (ii) encourage women to become widely involved in community decision-making and enterprise development in the rural areas. These developments will recognize the unique and fragile physical environment and will incorporate sound sustainable management practices. This approach is consistent with the Government s rural development strategy. It also directly supports the emerging collaboration between the Government and nongovernment organizations (iii) (NGOs) in the provision of services, including microfinance, to the rural poor.

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 05
Consulting Services
Project implementation consultants mobilized in May 2004, NGOs are being contracted, in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants, to undertake community, mobilization, skills training and capacity building.
Civil works contracts for rural roads and ancillary infrastructure improvement and community development will be awarded on the basis of local competitive bidding procedures among prequalified local contractors in accordance with ADB?s Guidelines for Procurement and other government procedures acceptable to ADB. Organized community groups? representatives will participate through the community development committees in selecting contractors and procurement of materials. Equipment will be procured through direct purchase for packages not exceeding $100,000 and the rest will be procured through international shopping.
Procurement and Consulting Notices


Concept Clearance 06 Jun 2000
Management Review Meeting 01 Jun 2000
Approval 26 Oct 2000
Last Review Mission


Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual
Loan 1771 26 Oct 2000 18 Dec 2000 24 Oct 2002 30 Sep 2008 30 Sep 2009 22 Feb 2010


Date Approval Number ADB (US$ thousand) Others (US$ thousand) Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
21 Sep 2014 Loan 1771 28,983 0 98.00%
Cumulative Disbursements
21 Sep 2014 Loan 1771 29,689 0 100.00%

Status of Covenants

Covenants are categorized under the following categories—audited accounts, safeguards, social, sector, financial, economic, and others. Covenant compliance is rated by category by applying the following criteria: (i) Satisfactory—all covenants in the category are being complied with, with a maximum of one exception allowed, (ii) Partly Satisfactory—a maximum of two covenants in the category are not being complied with, (iii) Unsatisfactory—three or more covenants in the category are not being complied with. As per the 2011 Public Communications Policy, covenant compliance ratings for Project Financial Statements apply only to projects whose invitation for negotiation falls after 2 April 2012.

Approval No. Category
Sector Social Financial Economic Others Safeguards Project Financial Statements
Loan 1771

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer Meriaty Subroto (
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Bangladesh Resident Mission
Executing Agencies Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs Banglad
Mr. Debadatta Khisa

Chittagong Hill Tracts Regional Council
Jyotirindra B. Larma (Santu Larma)


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