Project Name Capacity Building for Portfolio Management
Project Number 45376-001
Country Bangladesh
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8426-BAN: Capacity Building for Portfolio Management
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 400,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management - Economic affairs management

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description The TA will continue earlier support (see below) over a longer period and in a more targeted way primarily (i) addressing identified weak capacities of implementing/executing agencies (EA), line ministries, Foreign Aided Projects Audit Directorate, and Planning Ministry in project preparation, approval, monitoring and implementation; (ii) identifying and addressing bottlenecks/gaps; and (iii) support system development. This will lead to timely and early government approval of ADB projects; reduced time for contracting, land acquisition and resettlement; reduced start-up delays; improved governance and raised contract and disbursement ratios. TA design was formulated and will be implemented building on success and lessons learned from CDTA 7614 , including preparing of specific capacity building program at the outset of the assignment, more involvement of ADB staff and skilled government resource persons to make the training more cost effective and relevant, and using more realistic and measurable outcome and output indicators to allow for proper monitoring and evaluation of results.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy To provide technical assistance (TA) to support governance and capacity building to enhance operational efficiency of the ADB Bangladesh portfolio
Impact Enhanced operational effectiveness of ADB''s Bangladesh portfolio
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Satisfactory implementation of projects in full compliance with ADB Guidelines
Progress Toward Outcome Progress is satisfactory. Various training, seminars and workshops have been conducted in compliance with ADB guidelines.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Improved capacity in procurement and governance of executing agencies and line ministries implementing ADB projects

2. Improved readiness of ADB projects

3. Improved financial reporting and auditing of ADB projects

4. Improved results-based monitoring of ADB projects, sharing of best practices, and knowledge management

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

1. Procurement consultant and training consultant have been mobilized. (1) Workshops, clinic style seminars and on-the job training have been conducted. Over 250 participants have been trained. (2) A web-based procurement activities monitoring tools (PAMT) is under pilot-testing and will roll out in 2015. Imparting training to officials in EAs/IAs both on-the-job and off-the-job training.

2. Planning consultant conducted a workshop on the best practices on the government approval (DPP/TPP) process in the region. He is also following up with DPP/TPP approval in different line ministries, planning divisions, planning commission and agencies etc.

3. Audit consultant conducted series of workshops for FAPAD staff and executing agencies staff on ADB's guidelines for financial reporting and auditing, international audit standards etc. Over 400 participants have been trained.

4. High level portfolio monitoring meetings/missions have been conducted primarily quarterly basis. Various workshops on Knowledge Sharing, Gender Equality, Environmental Safeguards and Compliance Measures, and Social Safeguards, including Involuntary Resettlement (IR) safeguards and Land Acquisition, and Indigenous Peoples (IP) safeguards. Over 380 participants have been trained.

TA closing date is extended to 31 May 2016.

Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Economic Relations Division (ERD) under the Ministry of Finance has been consulted in preparing the TA concept and COBP. Discussions were also held with Foreign Aided Projects Audit Directorate under the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General for the support to the audit process, and Central Procurement and Technical Unit under Ministry of Planning for support on procurement management. Action plans agreed during CPRM (2012 and after) and TPRM (June 2012 and after) were taken into account when formulating the TA. The impact, outcome, outputs, implementation arrangements, cost, financing arrangements, and terms of reference were agreed with the government during the fact-finding mission.
During Project Implementation Training plan and progress in 2013, 2014 and 2015 were shared with ERD.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The TA will be carried out by international and national individual consultants and resource persons (around 3 person-months of international and 18 person-months of national consultant inputs) who will be engaged following procedures for recruitment of individual consultants or resource persons as applicable on an as-needed basis for studies, training, or capacity development. The consultants engaged under the TA will be recruited by ADB in accordance with its Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time). Equipment will be procured using shopping procedures in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2013, as amended from time to time) and will be turned over to the government after completion of the TA. Consulting services will commence in August 2013 and continue on an intermittent basis till August 2015.
Procurement n/a
Responsible ADB Officer Yoshinobu Tatewaki
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Bangladesh Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance
Economic Relations Division (ERD), MOF
Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, Dhaka_1207
Concept Clearance 24 Jun 2013
Fact Finding 23 Jun 2013 to 23 Jun 2013
Approval 13 Aug 2013
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 18 Sep 2015

TA 8426-BAN

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
13 Aug 2013 26 Aug 2013 26 Aug 2013 15 Aug 2015 31 May 2016 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
400,000.00 0.00 60,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 460,000.00 13 Aug 2013 232,168.75

This project data sheet was generated from on 09 October 2015