Cambodia: Third Education Sector Development Program

Sovereign Project | 43260-013 Status: Active


ADB is helping Cambodia improve access to lower secondary education. The project will build 60 new schools in 11 of the poorest provinces, and expand 28 existing schools in eight provinces. It will also provide 22 primary schools with lower secondary classrooms, and improve the quality of education through key policy reforms and interventions, including improved school-based management.

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Project Name Third Education Sector Development Program
Project Number 43260-013
Country Cambodia
Project Status Active
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
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Project Outcome

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

Loan effectiveness on 21 March 2013. Inception mission conducted in December 2013. Two review mission conducted in September 2014 and February 2015.

The EA has established a Project Steering Committee, and a well-staffed Project Management Unit (PMU) with two implementing units.

The Program is currently rated as potential problem. Cumulative disbursement stands at $8.9 million which include $6.0 million tranche under the program loan and $2.9 million under the project. The second tranche release is due on 31 December 2015 conditioned upon 9 policy actions. Project is expected to be on track by end- September with the post-facto review and award of Phase 2 civil works contracts totaling $2.1 million. For this, PMU is to submit the annual safeguards monitoring report covering Phase 2 sites.

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 and 3 are nationwide in scope with specific interventions that focus on the 14 target provinces.

Overall, the implementation of the project output is delayed, partly due to the delayed recruitment of the project implementation consulting team. Coffey Intl was mobilized in September and started to support the PMU in facilitating project activities particularly in Outputs 2 and 3. Under Output 1, considerable progress has been achieved in terms of civil works procurement. 6 site engineers have been recruited and mobilization is aligned with the phased 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 As agreed with MoEYS/MEF in February 2015, PMU recruited an individual resettlement consultant to conduct site inspection and prepare the IR and IP check-lists. 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 consultant. The CW sites under phase 2, the EA has conducted its own inspection and is currently finalizing the safeguards monitroing report for submission to ADB, in compliance with the safeguards covenant.
Indigenous Peoples Same with IR.
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 Staff

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 Sports
148 Norodom Blvd.
Phnom Penh
Kingdom of Cambodia


Concept Clearance 23 Nov 2010
Fact Finding 22 Aug 2011 to 02 Sep 2011
MRM 25 Apr 2012
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 30 Mar 2016

Loan 2888-CAM

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
13 Sep 2012 17 Jan 2013 21 Mar 2013 31 Dec 2013 31 Dec 2015 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 11.52 0.00 100%
Counterpart 1.20 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 13 Sep 2012 11.52 0.00 100%

Loan 2889-CAM

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 6.88 0.00 42%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 13 Sep 2012 6.06 0.00 37%

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
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 Frameworks Feb 2012

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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