Bangladesh: Governance Management Program

Sovereign Project | 39452-012

Summary

The TA will (i) review relevant systems, processes, and legal arrangements in public management, (ii) implement support for governance measures that have been targeted under the Good Governance Program as well as determine more recent ones, (iii) finalize capacity building initiatives for better governance management (these initiatives will be targeted in the program to be designed) and (iv) draft a program document for further processing of ADB.

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Project Name Governance Management Program
Project Number 39452-012
Country Bangladesh
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7419-BAN: Governance Management Program
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 600,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector Public sector management - Public administration
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description

The TA will (i) review relevant systems, processes, and legal arrangements in public management, (ii) implement support for governance measures that have been targeted under the Good Governance Program as well as determine more recent ones, (iii) finalize capacity building initiatives for better governance management (these initiatives will be targeted in the program to be designed) and (iv) draft a program document for further processing of ADB.

In the process, the TA will considers (i) Good Governance Program related measures to ascertain where further support for strengthening reforms is merited, including on enhancing efficiency, transparency, and accountability in public service as well as improvements in selected public service human resource processes such as promotions, transfers, placement, career planning, field administration, clustering ministries, etc; (ii) components related to the National Integrity Strategy and specific plans of action incorporated in the program design; (iii) current needs of the judiciary (particularly at the local level) in order to sustain its separation from the executive; (iv) suggestions on reforms and capacity building plans for public service institutions; (v) status of e-governance and use of information and communication technology in government and implementation support for Digital Bangladesh as it applies to enhancement of good governance; (vi) how gender considerations are to be mainstreamed in the govenance program; and (vii) implementation support to the Right to Information Act in the public sector, grievance redress mechanisms, operations of the Ombudsman Office, etc.

It is expected that these outputs and activities will lead to the design of a program on governance management agreed between the Government of Bangladesh and ADB. The TA places focus on three specific components (i) local level governance, (ii) strengthening public service, (iii) strengthening legal and judicial systems. Cross-cutting considerations of gender and use of information technology will also be taken in the program design.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy ADB's own strategy for its operations in Bangladesh highlights that it seeks to assist the country in addressing critical constraints to broad-based economic growth, social development, and good governance. Indeed, one of the pillars of the strategy is "addressing key governance issues on a sector and thematic basis as a crosscutting enabler". The CSP for 2006-2010 also specified clearly that ADB will "scale-up its assistance in improving sector and local governance, and play a catalytic role in addressing core governance issues including measures aimed at combating corruption, improving access to justice, and building governance management capacity in cooperation with other DPs". This proposed TA on "Preparing the Governance Management Program" fits in completely with what ADB has envisaged. For these reasons, the proposed TA and the ensuing program of assistance have been included in the Country Operations Business Plan for 2009-2011.
Impact The impact of the TA is improved governance and an effective public management system at both the central and local levels in Bangladesh. The focus on the local level is important as the TA seeks to build not only the Government's stated intention to target local governance reforms but also on the reforms attempted under the Good Governance Program. Also relevent to mention here is the focus on the public management system as part of the broader focus on governance reforms. As the role of the public sector continues to be strong in Bangladesh and as the Govenrment itself foresees, service delivery largely channeled through the public sector, reforms in public sector management will need to be center stage.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome The outcome of the TA is an agreed program design on governance management between the Government of Bangladesh and ADB, and which is owned by the Government.
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Completed review of relevant systems, processes, and legal arrrangements in public management.

2. Determination of implementation support for governance measures that have been targeted under the Good Governance Program.

3. Finalized capacity building initiatives for better governance management.

4. A draft program document prepared for further processing by ADB.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Central level institutions and local levels throughout Bangladesh.
Safeguard Categories
Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

Consulting services required include: (i) Program Coordinator and Design Specialist (9 person-months), (ii) Gender Expert (5 person-months), (iii) Judicial Service Expert (5 person-months), (iv) Local Governance Expert (4 person-months), (v) National Integrity Strategy (NIS) Implementation Expert (4 person-months), (vi) Public Service Expert (5 person-months), (vii) E-Governance Specialist (5 person-months), and (viii) Financial Due Diligence Expert (1 person-month). These 38 person-months of national consulting services will be procured using the individual selection method in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2007, as amended from time to time). All necessary consulting services, with the exception of (i) will be delivered intermittently during TA implementation.

Consulting services will be procured in the project to: (i) conduct the relevant reviews, (ii) consider capacity building technical assistance needs in relevant government agencies, (iii) discuss with government and other stakeholders on the subsequent program design, (iv) assess the implementation scope of the NIS (including on Right to Information), and (v) help design the Governance Management Program.

Procurement of equipment for the TA will be carried out in accordance with the ADB Procurement Guidelines (2007, as amended from time to time). The shopping method of procurement for equipments will be used as all such procurement is expected to be under $100,000.

Funds for piloting use of citizen report cards, citizen charters, and how information and service centers at local level can be best used for these purposes, will be channeled through Project BGD/07/010 (Civil Service Change Management Project) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Responsible ADB Officer Hiranya Mukhopadhyay
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Public Management, Financial Sector and Trade Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Cabinet Division Government of BangladeshRoom 21, Building 1
Bangladesh Secretariat
Dhaka
Timetable
Concept Clearance 08 Jun 2009
Fact Finding 09 Jun 2009 to 10 Jun 2009
MRM -
Approval 07 Dec 2009
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 27 Jul 2009
Last PDS Update 16 Dec 2009

TA 7419-BAN

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
07 Dec 2009 14 Feb 2010 14 Feb 2010 30 Nov 2010 30 Nov 2011 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
600,000.00 0.00 150,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 750,000.00 07 Dec 2009 78,081.41

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