Bangladesh: Skills Development Project

Sovereign Project | 39408-013 Status: Active


ADB is helping Bangladesh provide market-relevant skills training, especially for the poor who did not finish eighth grade. The project will enhance access to market-responsive technical and vocational education and training (TVET) programs, support partnerships with industry, and improve capacity for relevant skills training and project management.

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Consulting Notices See also: CMS

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Procurement Notices See also: Operational Procurement

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Procurement Documents

Title Date
Skills Development Project Jun 2013

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Project Name Skills Development Project
Project Number 39408-013
Country Bangladesh
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 2425-BAN: Skills Development Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 50.00 million
Grant 0140-BAN: Skills Development Project
Government of Switzerland US$ 3.60 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Education - Technical and vocational education and training

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome Project completed majority of its activities. Overall results after restructuring are satisfactory.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Project closed. Almost all agreed outputs after restructuring have been achieved, several showing very good results.

Contracting of private training institutes and NGOs could not be completed as engagement modality could not be completed on time.

Geographical Location Whole country

Safeguard Categories

Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples B

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects Minimum or no impact on environment.
Involuntary Resettlement The Project will not require any land acquisition. All civil works will be on current premises. No involuntary resettlement is envisaged for the proposed construction of a new building, additional offices, classrooms, and toilets.
Indigenous Peoples

Potentially limited impact.

The Project is market-responsive in design. The training admission eligibility standards will be specified in coordination with industry associations according to the occupations' skill standards. Training programs will be open to everyone who would qualify and will be held in venues that do not restrict admission to any group, including by religion and by ethnicity. For members of poor/disadvantaged groups that meet the admission criteria and are accepted into the skills training programs, the Project will provide daily training allowances, as appropriate. The Project is not targeting any specific group by religion or ethnicity.

Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Consultation with a variety of stakeholders was undertaken using focus group discussions, workshops, and interviews. Focus group discussions included TVET students, parents, TVET teachers and trainers, and employers in the six divisions of Bangladesh. Employers, industry associations, and development partners were also consulted.
During Project Implementation

Consultation and participation of representatives of industries and major NGOs is undertaken in the Project. Members of the Industry Skills Councils will mostly be from industries and employers to identify the needed skills training. TVET institutions that will receive funds for upgrading their program facilities will have advisers from the industries and employers. In working with poor communities, the Project will work with NGOs to identify their training

needs. Information dissemination activities, among others, will be undertaken and will include the use of popular media to reach out to youth and project a positive image of productive TVET. A social marketing plan was prepared and implemented.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services 97 person-months of international consultants and 282 person-months of national consultants. Most of the services will be engaged through a firm to be selected using the quality- and cost-based selection method, and a full technical proposal will be used for the recruitment. To facilitate timely project implementation some of the international and local consultants will be hired on an individual basis.
Procurement Procurement of goods, works and services will be in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2007, as amended from time to time).

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Rudi Louis Hendrikus Van Dael
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Bangladesh Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Education
Md. Babar Ali
Directorate of Technical Education, Shikkah Bhaban (Ground Floor), 16 Abdul Gani Road, Dhaka 1000


Concept Clearance 16 Mar 2011
Fact Finding 29 Jul 2007 to 16 Mar 2011
MRM 16 Mar 2011
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 02 Nov 2005
Last PDS Update 30 Mar 2016

Grant 0140-BAN

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
17 Dec 2008 18 Jan 2009 18 Jan 2009 30 Nov 2013 31 Dec 2014 -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 3.60 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 17 Dec 2008 0.00 3.34 93%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 3.60 17 Dec 2008 0.00 3.41 95%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory - - Satisfactory - Satisfactory

Loan 2425-BAN

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
06 Jun 2008 18 Jun 2008 20 Nov 2008 30 Nov 2013 30 Jun 2015 -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 60.70 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 50.00 06 Jun 2008 13.13 0.00 101%
Counterpart 10.70 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 06 Jun 2008 13.05 0.00 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory - - Satisfactory - Satisfactory
Title Document Type Document Date
Skills Development Project Procurement Plans Jun 2013
Skills Development Project Loan Change in Scope, Amount, and Implementation Arrangements Nov 2008
Skills Development Project Project/Program Administration Manual Jun 2008
Loan Agreement for Skills Development Project between People's Republic of Bangladesh and Asian Development Bank dated 18 June 2008 Loan Agreement (Special Operations) Jun 2008
Skills Development Project Reports and Recommendations of the President May 2008
Skills Development Project Design and Monitoring Frameworks Feb 2008

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards

Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

Title Document Type Document Date
Skills Development Project (Draft) Indigenous Peoples Planning Frameworks/Indigenous Peoples Development Frameworks Feb 2008

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

None currently available.

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