Cambodia: Third Education Sector Development Program

Sovereign Project | 43260-013

Summary

ESDP III is proposed as the third program in the sequence of education sector development programs. It will build upon and extend the achievements of ESDP I and ESDP II. A key lesson learned from these programs is that rapid expansion of the education system needs to be matched equally with quality improvement. While EEQP addresses this through secondary teacher and curriculum development, there are substantial unmet needs at the lower secondary level, in particular.

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Project Name Third Education Sector Development Program
Project Number 43260-013
Country Cambodia
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 2888-CAM: Education Sector Development Program III
Asian Development Fund US$ 12.00 million
Loan 2889-CAM: Third Education Sector Development Program
Asian Development Fund US$ 18.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector Education - Education sector development - Secondary
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Description ESDP III is proposed as the third program in the sequence of education sector development programs. It will build upon and extend the achievements of ESDP I and ESDP II. A key lesson learned from these programs is that rapid expansion of the education system needs to be matched equally with quality improvement. While EEQP addresses this through secondary teacher and curriculum development, there are substantial unmet needs at the lower secondary level, in particular.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The proposed Third Education Sector Development Program (ESDP III; the Program) seeks to support the Government of Cambodia in enhancing quality and access of lower secondary education. It will consist of a policy loan and an investment loan. In close alignment with the Government's Education Strategic Plan (ESP) 2009-13, the policy loan will support reforms to reduce dropout rates especially among poor children and girls from remote areas; and strengthened financing and institutional governance of lower secondary education. A linked investment loan will focus on expanding access to lower secondary education and improving educational outcomes of poor children and girls from remote areas.
Impact Universal 9-year basic education achieved
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Increased lower secondary enrollment
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Expanded access to lower secondary education

Improved quality of lower secondary education

Improved sub-sector management

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Loan effectiveness on 21 March 2013. Inception mission conducted in December 2013. First review mission in September 2014.

The Program is currently rated as actual problem. Cumulative disbursement stands at $800,000 (4% of the loan amount) representing the imprest account. The project has not had any contracts awarded to date.

The first tranche of SDR3,935,000 ($6,004,692) under the policy-based program loan was released on 18 June 2013. The second tranche release was originally due on 31 December 2013. However, due to the delay in the declaration of the loan effectiveness and start up delays in the overall project implementation, the Government requested the postponement of the second tranche release to 31 December 2014. The release of the second tranche is conditioned upon 9 policy actions. The Government has undertaken considerable work towards meeting the second-tranche release conditions, 8 of which have been complied with fully. Compliance of one action is delayed, although MoEYS has made a firm commitment to complete this policy action under the accompanying loan project.

The project loan supports investment activities that are closely aligned with the policy components. Activities under output 1 focus on 14 target provinces to leverage maximum impact on access, while outputs 2 3 are nationwide in scope with specific interventions that focus on the 14 target provinces.

Overall, the implementation of the project output is delayed, which is partly due to the delayed process to engage the consultant team that is supposed to support the PMU in facilitating project activities. Under Output 1, considerable progress has been achieved in terms of civil works procurement. But almost all activities under output 2 and output 3 are behind schedule or have not started yet.

The EA has established a Project Steering Committee, and a well-staffed Project Management Unit (PMU) with two implementing units. Recruitment of project implementation firm was delayed due to the price adjustment clause in the RFP so that the consulting package had to be readvertised. Submission of technical evaluation of proposals is expected in October 2014.

In order to keep project implementation going, 3 individual consultants have been recruited, following a minor change in implementation arrangement.

1. Procurement Specialist (4 person months, international)

2. School-based Enrichment Program Specialist (6 person months, international)

3. School-based Enrichment Program Specialist (6 person months, national)

As well, some procurement packages have been proceeded. BERs for the 7 lots under Phase 1 construction are currently being revised by the Ministry following recommendations from ADB. 6 site engineers have been recruited and planned mobilization will be aligned with the Phase I construction.

Geographical Location
Safeguard Categories
Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples B
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects No environmental issues anticipated.
Involuntary Resettlement During loan review mission fielded in Feb 2015, MoEYS/MEF and the Mission have agreed that to fully comply the requirements for B for IP categeory projects, the EA will addtionally recuirt the individual resettlement consultants to visit the construction sites and prepare the IP check-list. The CW sites for the phase I construction were already cleared by the PPTA resettlement consultants and the CW sites after phase 3 onwards will be cleared by this new consultant. The CW sites under phase 2, the EA has conducted its own resettlement inspection and the checklist will be reviewed and cleared by the resettlement national officer of CARM.
Indigenous Peoples Same to IR. The MoEYS/MEF and the review mission in Feb 2015 have agreed on recruitment of the indivudual IP consultant to meet the IPP requirement as a category B project.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design MOEYS and provincial and district education offices, Ministry of Finance, international organizations, NGOs and other private sector actors involved in education, school teachers and principals, school management committees, and parents and students. Workshops/roundtables with government agencies, DPs, and private sector/nongovernmental actors; compilation of existing data and conduct of focused studies; informal focused group discussions at both the institution and community levels; and direct consultations with school staff and students in target areas.
During Project Implementation
Responsible ADB Officer Eiko Izawa
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Human and Social Development Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports148 Norodom Blvd.
Phnom Penh
Kingdom of Cambodia
Timetable
Concept Clearance 23 Nov 2010
Fact Finding 22 Aug 2011 to 02 Sep 2011
MRM 25 Apr 2012
Approval 13 Sep 2012
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 27 Mar 2015

Loan 2888-CAM

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
13 Sep 2012 17 Jan 2013 21 Mar 2013 31 Dec 2013 31 Dec 2015 -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 13.20 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 12.00 13 Sep 2012 6.00 0.00 52%
Counterpart 1.20 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 13 Sep 2012 6.00 0.00 52%

Loan 2889-CAM

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
13 Sep 2012 17 Jan 2013 21 Mar 2013 30 Jun 2018 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 18.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 18.00 13 Sep 2012 2.71 0.00 16%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 13 Sep 2012 2.75 0.00 17%

Safeguard Documents

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Title Document Type Document Date
Third Education Sector Development Program: Indigenous Peoples Matrix Indigenous Peoples Plans/Indigenous Peoples Development Plans Feb 2012
Third Education Sector Development Program: Resettlement Framework Resettlement Planning Documents Feb 2012

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