Project Name Information and Communication Technology for Better Education Services
Project Number 47201-001
Country Solomon Islands
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Education - Education sector development

Information and communication technology - ICT industries and ICT-enabled services

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is supporting the development of submarine optical fiber cable systems (SCS) in Solomon Islands where access to affordable telecommunications particularly high-speed (broadband) internet is low due to dependence on satellite connectivity. Once SCS is established, wholesale bandwidth prices are expected to halve, leading to a conservatively estimated retail price reduction of 20%.

The SCS will impact the three large islands central areas (Honiara, Auki, and Gizo) most significantly. It is as yet unclear how the cable will influence connectivity in the most remote/rural areas on the periphery islands in the country. However, mobile networks have grown rapidly following deregulation 2 years ago, and local practices for data dissemination have emerged. Mobile phones can be an important conduit to broaden utilization of ICT. The interest of mobile companies to expand the number of cell sites that can tap into microwave signals from SCS presents an opportunity to increase connectivity to outer islands in the country. Solomon Islands already have approximately 70% mobile services coverage which can provide useful lessons and inputs to the overall ICT plan.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The technical assistance (TA) will examine the potential contribution of ICT to the education sector in addressing constraints in managing and delivering services to widely dispersed and isolated schools in Solomon Islands. The TA activities and outputs are expected to facilitate future application of ICT to education management and service delivery. The TA will contribute to more equitable service delivery and increase benefits of the investments made by the development of SCS.
Impact Improved management and delivery of education services, particularly at the periphery level, due to appropriate use of ICT
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Enhanced capacity of education sector in ICT application at sub-national levels
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Development and implementation of a gender inclusive ICT Plan linking MEHRD, provincial EAs and Schools

2. Identification of ICT hardware options, development of suitable applications and piloting their use in rural/remote areas, and capacity building

3. Comprehensive assessment study conducted on how enhanced access to ICT can add value to the Distance and Flexible Learning (DFL)

4. Convening an ICT4E Workshop/forum to share findings and lessons learned of aforementioned components

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

A consulting firm has been recruited and commenced work in September 2015 to develop and implement a gender-inclusive ICT plan linking Ministry of Education Human Resource Development, provincial education authorities and schools; convene ICT4E forum to raise awareness, identify potentials and constraints, and share findings and lesson learned from the TA outputs; identify ICT hardware options, develop suitable applications and pilot their use in rural remote areas, to include capacity building; and conduct comprehensive assessment study on how enhanced access to ICT can add value to DFL.

An individual/international consultant (Team Leader) was engaged from October 2014 to February 2015 to mobilize and to initiate wide consultations with stakeholders and developed an inclusive work implementation plan for the TA. The draft implementation plan was submitted to ADB in February 2015 and was approved. The TA completion date is being extended from 31 March 2016 to 30 June 2017 to allow sufficient time for recruitment of a firm to implement the work plan.

Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Under Component 2 (Identification of ICT hardware options, acquisition or development of suitable applications and piloting their use in rural/remote areas to enhance two-way communication, education management, teacher professional development support, teaching and learning resources, as well as capacity building for ICT adoption at the school and school community levels), a range of modalities will be available for professional development around ICT applications and usage that best suits the local context and reaches all relevant stakeholders in the school and community.
During Project Implementation

Under Output 4 (Convening an ICT4E Workshop/forum to share findings and lessons learned of aforementioned components and using findings from the MEHRD Monitoring and Evaluation Framework and other sources)

1.1 Identify and invite suitable contributors to an inception workshop and showcase of technologies and applications (Q1)

1.2 Conduct inception workshop drawing on outputs from activities 4.1, 1.1 and 2.1 arrange follow up consultations with stakeholder groups including Telco's and training providers to inform desk and field studies during this quarter, and drafting of ICT plan in Q3 (see 1.3) (Q2)

1.3 Prepare and maintain an interactive website to keep stakeholders informed of activities and emerging of findings from components 1, 2 and 3. The website should include a private virtual workspace for content management of reports and consultations/workshops(Q2 and onwards,)

Organize a final planning workshop to report on outputs from these studies (see 1.5, 2.5 and 3.5) and to inform shaping of 2016 NEAP and further development of ICT4E policy and plan (Q8)

Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The TA will require a total of 120 weeks of consultant services (40 weeks international and 80 weeks national). A consulting firm in association with international and national consultants will be engaged following the Fixed Budget Selection process and simplified technical proposals by ADB in accordance with its Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time). In the case of difficulties in finding a qualified firm, individual selection will apply for consulting services.
Procurement Procurement will follow ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2013, as amended from time to time). The firm/consultant inputs will be on an intermittent basis, responding to government requirements and progress made during implementation. The TA will be implemented over 24 months.
Responsible ADB Officer Chimi Thonden
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban, Social Development & Public Management Division, PARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance and Treasury
P.O. Box 26
Honiara, Solomon Islands
Concept Clearance 16 Sep 2013
Fact Finding -
Approval 21 Oct 2013
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 24 Sep 2015

TA 8487-SOL

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
21 Oct 2013 11 Feb 2014 11 Feb 2014 31 Mar 2016 30 Jun 2017 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 0.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 100,000.00 21 Oct 2013 43,034.81

This project data sheet was generated from on 30 November 2015