Regional: Higher Education in the Pacific Investment Program (MFF)

Sovereign Project | 42291-024 Status: Active

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Project Name Higher Education in the Pacific Investment Program (MFF)
Project Number 42291-024
Country Regional
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
MFF Facility Concept 0068-REG: Higher Education in the Pacific Investment Program (MFF)
Asian Development Fund US$ 19.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Education - Education sector development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

1. The USP Kiribati will exceed the target of 5 new classrooms operating with adequate ICT equipment. The plan includes ten new ICT-equipped teaching rooms ready for mixed modes of teaching and learning. This includes 2 computer labs, one science lab, and one video conference room, and an Atoll Research Center.

2. The USP Kiribati campus has exceeded the target of 80% courses being offered on its learning management system, Moodle. Currently, 100% of course are being offered; however, there is a connectivity issue that prevents all users to access the Moodle still. USP Kiribati is on track to achieving its target of 30% doing on line mode of learning by 2018 with an 8% increase from the baseline of 0% in 2010. The target of 50% ICT mode enrollment by females is achieved.

3. USP has made strong progress in its Education management Information System (EMIS) and in complying with its audit report recommendations. The USP has invested more than $1 million in upgrading its infrastructure for its enterprise resource planning system (Banner). The Banner upgrades significantly enhance its reporting platforms and processes for audit recommendation monitoring and reporting. The Senior Management Team of the University is comprised of 44% (non-academic) staff and 47% (academic and nonacademic).

4. The USP established a Project Implementation Unit (PIU) to manage and oversee all project activities. This group meets regularly, however project outputs are not on-time. Much of this is due to external circumstances and factors.

Geographical Location

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects The MFF and each tranche are classified as category B in accordance with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009). An initial environmental examination (IEE) was prepared to assess and review the process for project implementation. Civil works under tranche 1 and subsequent tranches may have minor adverse environmental impacts such as noise and traffic congestion during construction. Measures to mitigate such effects and monitoring and compliance tasks are outlined in the IEE for the project's compliance with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009) and all applicable environmental laws and regulations of the relevant countries.
Involuntary Resettlement The MFF and each tranche are classified as category C for both involuntary resettlement and indigenous peoples in accordance with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement. The projects under MFF do not involve land acquisition or involuntary resettlement impacts. All civil works will be undertaken on land currently being used by USP or on land provided by the government free of any other claims or issues. The projects are not expected to impact any distinct and vulnerable groups of indigenous peoples as defined under the Safeguard Policy Statement (2009).
Indigenous Peoples The MFF and each tranche are classified as category C in indigenous peoples in accordance with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Chimi Thonden
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban, Social Development & Public Management Division, PARD
Executing Agencies
University of the South Pacific (USP)
Suva
Fiji
The University of the South Pacific
Suva
Fiji

Timetable

Concept Clearance 22 Feb 2011
Fact Finding 03 Nov 2011 to 06 Nov 2011
MRM 20 May 2011
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 03 Dec 2014

MFF Facility Concept 0068-REG

Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 23.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 19.00 - 0.00 0.00 %
Counterpart 4.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 - 0.00 0.00 %

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