Lao People's Democratic Republic: Basic Education Sector Development Program II

Sovereign Project | 40368-012


TA 7555-LAO is a project preparatory technical assistance (PPTA), which will support the government of the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) to formulate a proposed sector development program: the title for the proposed Program has been changed from "BESDP II" to "Secondary Education Sector Development Program".

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Project Name Basic Education Sector Development Program II
Project Number 40368-012
Country Lao People's Democratic Republic
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7555-LAO: Basic Education Sector Development Program II
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 700,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Education - Pre-primary and primary

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Description TA 7555-LAO is a project preparatory technical assistance (PPTA), which will support the government of the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) to formulate a proposed sector development program: the title for the proposed Program has been changed from "BESDP II" to "Secondary Education Sector Development Program".
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Lao PDR's National Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy (2003), 6th National Socio-economic Plan 2006-2010, and Education for All (EFA) Action Plan all emphasize the central role of education and human resource development for poverty reduction. In turn, ADB?s Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) for Lao PDR is closely aligned with national priorities, including supporting the Government?s strategy of promoting inclusive education (including LSE). ADB has also actively worked with the Government and development partners to develop and implement the Education Sector Development Framework 2009-2015, which the proposed Program will directly support.

The proposed Program is consistent with ADB's long-term strategic framework in Lao PDR, contributing to the promotion of pro-poor, sustainable growth. It would contribute to poverty reduction by promoting equitable access and improved education outcomes for disadvantaged groups, enhancing their eventual economic opportunities, while also contributing to inclusive growth nationally, by expanding the Lao PDR's human capital base. The detailed design will also continue to incorporate planning directions emerging from the preparation of the 7th National Socio-economic Plan 2011-2015 and 7th Five-year Education Development Plan (2011-2015).

Impact Improved educational attainment in Lao PDR
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Enhanced equity, quality, and efficiency of secondary education (SE) in Lao PDR
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs The TA will (i) identify priority policy reforms for support under the policy grant, as well as specific targets for tranche conditions; (ii) prepare a situation and gaps analysis of the SE sector and detailed analysis of Lower Secondary Education provision in target areas, capacity of teacher training institutions, etc.; (iii) determine the scope and feasibility of proposed project investments, ranging from capacity building to civil works and equipment; (iv) prepare cost estimates and a financing plan; (v) analyze financial and economic viability and sustainability, and (vi) determine detailed implementation arrangements. It will prepare the project administration manual incorporating the above and other relevant aspects, to guide overall implementation of the proposed BESDP II.
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Lao PDR
Safeguard Categories
Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples B
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The potential central and local stakeholders include the Ministry of Educaiton (MOE) and provincial education service (PES) offices, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Planning and Investment, Center for Inclusive Education, Research Institute for Education Sciences, international organizations, NGOs and other private sector actors involved in education, other Education Sector Working Group members, Lao Youth Union, ethnic group representatives, school teachers and principals, school management committees and other villagers, students. Consultation and participation (C&P) has been conducted throughout the PPTA and project processing through Workshops/roundtables with agencies/departments, DPs, and private sector/nongovernment actors; compilation of existing data and conduct of focused studies; informal focused group discussions at both the institution and village/community levels; and direct consultations with school staff and students in target areas.
During Project Implementation The ADB and PPTA teams have maintained close dialogue with representatives from various Ministry of Education (MOE) departments and institutions, including Department of Secondary Education (DSE), Department of Pre-school and Primary Education, Department of Planning and Cooperation (DPC), Department of Personnel (DOP), Department of Finance (DOF), Department of Teacher Education (DTE), Department of Technical and Vocational Education and Training, Education Standards and Quality Assurance Centre (ESQAC), Education Statistics and Information Technology Centre (ESITC), Department of Physical and Art Education, Research Institute for Educational Studies (RIES), Strategy Research and Education Analysis Centre, Department of Inspection, Department of Private Education Management, Ministry of Education (MOE) cabinet, Inclusive Education Centre, and BESDP-I PMU. Missions have also consulted other agencies, including the Ministries of Finance and of Planning and Investment, as well as various development partners (DPs), including international organizations and NGOs. In addition to ongoing issue-specific dialogue and consultations, workshops to discuss on the emerging Program design were conducted during inception, interim, and fact-finding missions in December 2010, March 2011, and May 2011, which included the stakeholders above as well provincial education services. Progress has also been reported to government, international, and NGO stakeholders during meetings of the Education Sector Working Group, including a November 2011 meeting of the Focal Group on Post-Basic Education.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Consultants were engaged through a firm. The TA required 18.0 person-months (pm) of international consulting services, and 22.0 pm of national consulting services. ADB has selected and engaged consultants in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants and other arrangements satisfactory to ADB for the selection and engagement of domestic consultants. The quality-cost- based selection (QCBS), using simplified technical proposal procedures, was followed. The consultants procure equipment through shopping in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines. ADB may additionally recruit a small number of international and/or national resource persons to provide focused expert inputs. A change in implementation arrangements was recently made to accommodate recruitment of an additional individual consultant to assist the PMU in final pre-implementation preparations.
Responsible ADB Officer Christopher A. Spohr
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Human and Social Development Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Education_and Sports
Sengsomphone Viravouth
Dept of Planning and International Coop P.O. Box 67 Vientiane, Lao PDR
Concept Clearance 28 Jun 2010
Fact Finding 11 May 2010 to 14 May 2010
Approval 28 Jun 2010
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 21 May 2010
Last PDS Update 30 Mar 2012

TA 7555-LAO

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
28 Jun 2010 13 Jul 2010 13 Jul 2010 30 Sep 2011 31 May 2012 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
700,000.00 0.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 800,000.00 28 Jun 2010 675,401.28
Title Document Type Document Date
Secondary Education Sector Development Program Consultants' Reports Jun 2011
Basic Education Sector Development Program II Concept Papers Jun 2010

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