Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date
PDS Updated as of 24 Apr 2014

Project Name Information and Communication Technology for Better Education Services
Country Solomon Islands
Project/Program Number 47201-001
Status Approved
Geographical Location
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 Multisector
Subsector Multisector
Strategic Agendas
Drivers of Change
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Categories

Financing

Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)
Technical Assistance8487Republic of Korea e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund500
TOTAL US$ 500

Summary of Environmental and Social Issues

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)

Description

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.

Development 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 Towards Outcome

Outputs and 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)
Status of Development Objectives
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing 2013 Oct 24
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.
Procurement and Consulting Notices
http://www.adb.org/projects/47201-001/business-opportunities

Timetable

Concept Clearance 16 Sep 2013
Fact-finding
Management Review Meeting
Approval 21 Oct 2013
Last Review Mission

Milestones

Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual
Technical Assistance 8487 21 Oct 2013 11 Feb 2014 11 Feb 2014 31 Mar 2016

Utilization

Date Approval Number ADB (US$ thousand) Others (US$ thousand) Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
Cumulative Disbursements

TA Amount (US$ thousand)

Approval Number Approved Amount Revised Amount Total Commitment Uncommitted Balance Total Disbursement Undisbursed Balance
Technical Assistance 8487 500 500 0 500 0 500

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer Chimi Thonden ( @adb.org)
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Urban, Social Development & Public Management Division, PARD
Executing Agencies

Links

Project Website http://www.adb.org/projects/47201-001/main
List of Project Documents http://www.adb.org/projects/47201-001/documents