Bhutan: Upgrading Schools and Integrated Disaster Education (UPSIDE) Project

Sovereign Project | 43558-012 Status: Closed


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Project Name Upgrading Schools and Integrated Disaster Education (UPSIDE) Project
Project Number 43558-012
Country Bhutan
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 9149-BHU: Upgrading Schools and Integrated Disaster Education (UPSIDE) Project
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 3.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Education - Pre-primary and primary

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

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome The earthquake resilient design of buildings will ensure that buildings constructed under the project using the technique will not collapse during ensuing earthquake. This design technique started in the project became the design standards for school buildings in Bhutan. To ensure the adoption of this design, the Department of School Education (DSE) engineers in Mongar and Trashigang have received training in better construction quality management. Also, the project undertook capacity building of government agencies at the national and local level, including schools, and gewog community representatives. As part of Component B, Disaster Risk Management training and planning processes have been institutionalized with the detailed manual prepared using funding from Save the Children organization.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

B.2: 2,133 people participated in the CBDRM training and 34% (718) were women.

B.3 Gewog submitted CBDRM plans to Dzongkhag for incorporation into Dzongkhag level plan. The plans are currently being utilized.

B.1: On DRM training, all of the 88 communities in Mongar have been trained (100%) while 69 of the 76 communities trained in Trashigang (91%).

C.1: PMU fully staffed. Quarterly progress report received on time.

C.2: Works in Mongar and Trashigang completed.

C.3: Training manuals distributed and are being utilized.

C.4: Baseline surveys for teachers, students and communities in Mongar and Trashigang completed. Endline survey was conducted in April 2013 and the final report was received in Aug. 2013.

A.2: 71 SPBD (MoE) engineers were trained in Earthquake Resilient Design and Supervision (31 engineers from MOE, 26 engineers from Mongar, and 14 engineers from Trashigang).

A.1: Construction of all 4 community primary schools (CPS) namely (i) Thangrong, (ii) Pam, (iii) Yangneer, and (iv) Narang is 100% complete.

A.3: Staff were trained in approriate sanitation. However, although the O&M manual was prepared the training on the use of the various tools for maintenance was not held due to time constraints. The project closed in Oct. 2013 and the EA will carry out the training using RGoB's budget.

Geographical Location Mongar and Trashigang districts in Bhutan

Safeguard Categories

Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects None
Involuntary Resettlement None
Indigenous Peoples None
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Focus group discussions were held with poor communities and teachers to identify how to utilize the school facilities to address some of their needs, such as expanded nonformal education.
During Project Implementation

While actual construction requires professional design and supervision to ensure quality, communities will be involved in project construction. To ease the communities' burden, their labor contribution will be monetarily compensated. To strengthen people's resilience for future disasters, the project will provide training on CBDRM, including a variety of stakeholders such as local governments, school teachers, communities, and students.

The project promotes collaboration and participation, i.e. national and district governments, gewog (cluster village) governments, community leaders, and school teachers. The implementing agencies will hold periodic meetings with local officials and communities to report progress and problems.

Business Opportunities

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Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Brajesh Panth
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Human and Social Development Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Health and Education
Department of Education
Royal Government of Bhutan
Thimphu, Bhutan


Concept Clearance 07 Dec 2009
Fact Finding 07 Dec 2009 to 12 Dec 2009
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 22 Mar 2010
Last PDS Update 27 Mar 2014

Grant 9149-BHU

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
12 Aug 2010 23 Aug 2010 23 Aug 2010 22 Aug 2013 22 Oct 2013 18 Mar 2014
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 3.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 12 Aug 2010 0.00 3.00 100%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 3.00 12 Aug 2010 0.00 3.00 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - - - Satisfactory - Satisfactory

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