45317-001: Support for the Third Primary Education Development Project | Asian Development Bank

Bangladesh: Support for the Third Primary Education Development Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 45317-001 Status: Active

The TA will support NEP objectives to achieve education for all by 2015, particularly in the area of good governance and capacity development. It will support the management of Loan 2761-BAN(SF): Third Primary Education Development Project (PEDP III). PEDP III focuses on achieving outputs in 4 result areas: (i) improved teaching and learning for all; (ii) reduced disparities; (iii) decentralized and effective organization, and (iv) improved planning and management. PEDP III links financing to government achieving a set of annual disbursement linked indicators (DLIs) that are outputs deemed essential to meet the project's objectives. A 5-year DLI matrix that defines annual DLIs and detailed protocol, and an independent verification mechanism for DLI achievement has been developed. PEDP III also uses the government's treasury system for disbursement and financial management.

Project Details

Project Officer
Long, Xin South Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Bangladesh
Modality
  • Technical Assistance
Sector
  • Education
 
Project Name Support for the Third Primary Education Development Project
Project Number 45317-001
Country Bangladesh
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8085-BAN: Support for the Third Primary Education Development Project
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
TA 8085-BAN: Support for the Third Primary Education Development Project (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 400,000.00
A.T.F. - Swedish T.A. Grant US$ 700,000.00
TA 8085-BAN: Support for the Third Primary Education Development Project (Supplementary)
Canada (CIDA) US$ 1.15 million
TA 8085-BAN: Support for the Third Primary Education Development Project (Supplementary)
A.T.F. - Swedish T.A. Grant US$ 100,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Education / Education sector development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The TA will support NEP objectives to achieve education for all by 2015, particularly in the area of good governance and capacity development. It will support the management of Loan 2761-BAN(SF): Third Primary Education Development Project (PEDP III). PEDP III focuses on achieving outputs in 4 result areas: (i) improved teaching and learning for all; (ii) reduced disparities; (iii) decentralized and effective organization, and (iv) improved planning and management. PEDP III links financing to government achieving a set of annual disbursement linked indicators (DLIs) that are outputs deemed essential to meet the project's objectives. A 5-year DLI matrix that defines annual DLIs and detailed protocol, and an independent verification mechanism for DLI achievement has been developed. PEDP III also uses the government's treasury system for disbursement and financial management. An action plan that defines ways to improve procurement and financial management was developed to manage risks associated with government managing funds and accounting for project expenditure. The TA will support PEDP III management mainly in the areas of fiduciary risk management and result reporting and verification. The TA is a follow-up to TA 7714-BAN: Support for the Proposed Primary Education Sector Development Program. While TA 7714-BAN is a S-CDTA that helped identify and plan critical activities before PEDP III implementation starts, the TA will implement large scale activities which have been identified by TA 7714-BAN such as the annual fiduciary reviews, during PEDP III implementation. While the TA period is initially for 18 months, it is planned that co-financing from other development partners and or additional ADB resources will enable implementation of key TA activities during the project life (2011-2016).
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Bangladesh has made a significant achievement in participation of boys and girls in primary education. Major challenges remain in reducing drop out and repetition, and in improving the quality of education, particularly in disadvantaged areas. The National Education Policy (NEP) addresses such systemic issues and aims at reducing disparities between different types of schools, and expanding and improving primary education in disadvantaged locations in rural communities and urban slums. Success in managing reforms in large systems such as the Bangladesh primary education depends largely on the government capacity for effective targeting, planning and management of resources to achieve the intended results. As such, Loan 2761-BAN(SF): Third Primary Education Development Project (PEDP III) (approved on 5 July 2011) has made a shift from a focus on activities and inputs to a broader program approach which focuses on results. PEDP III intends to develop institutional capacity in planning and financing based on results, help establish a robust monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system, and to promote accountability for results through improved result reporting. Furthermore, good governance and improved practices in public financial management (PFM) will ensure that funds are used for the intended purpose and are accounted for. PEDP III will ensure close fiduciary oversight and support system improvement in PFM that includes developing best practices in procurement, accounting and auditing.
Impact An efficient, inclusive, and equitable primary education system in Bangladesh
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Increased assurance on fiduciary concerns and result reporting for Loan 2761-BAN: Third Primary Education Development Project
Progress Toward Outcome Under this TA several fiduciary reviews have been undertaken as well as additional capacity development has been provided, which has contributed to strengthened assurance of fiduciary concerns. The TA provides strong support to strengthen results reporting, which has contributed to increased assurance on the quality of results reporting.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Fiduciary risk management improved

Result reporting and verification process improved

Policy dialogue enhanced on system capacity development in PFM; results-based planning, financing, and reporting; and other key areas identified

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

1) Three international audit firms were recruited to conduct the Annual Fiduciary Reviews (AFR) for each fiscal year from FY2011-12 to FY 2014-15. All these AFRs are completed and endorsed. Under an emergent need as requested from the GoB in 2016, a separate component under the contract with the firm conducting the AFR 2014-15 was to carry out a study on the quality and distribution of textbooks. The study was completed and endorsed in April with dissemination in May 2017, which helped strengthen the procurement capacity for fiduciary risk management in procurement area. Moreover, in total seven Quarterly Fiduciary Reviews (QFRs) were conducted, with the last one completed in January 2017. The QFRs provided on-time support to advise on special needs for fiduciary risk management as identified during the implementation of PEDP3.

In addition, a pool of individual consultants was provided to strengthen procurement, financial management, monitoring the implementation of the PFM and Procurement Action Plan, following up on GoB's responses to the audit observations, etc. All these supports have helped improve the fiduciary risk management in PEDP3.

(2) A consulting firm on result-based management was hired by 2014 to provide support in Annual Primary School Census (APSC) and Annual School Performance Report (ASPR). Since then, the support for result-based management has been mainstreamed into the technical assistance activities financed by the PEDP3's pooled fund. The on-time submission of ASPRs has enabled the EA to meet the requirements on Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) for result reporting and verification. Meanwhile, a pool of individual consultants was provided to assist in M&E, monitoring of construction activities, supporting the implementation of Gender and Inclusive Education Action Plan (GIEAP), supporting the overall project management, and supporting and reporting on the status of achieving Disbursement Linked Indicators. All these have helped improve the result reporting and verification process of PEDP3.

3) All the above measures have strengthened the PEDP3's Procurement and Finance Working Group (PFWG) in its role to enhance system capacity development in PFM, as well as strengthened the PEDP3's other working groups, such as the Quality Working Group, Disparity Working Group, and Administration and Monitoring Working Group, in their roles for strengthening result-based planning, financing and monitoring. Furthermore, the bi-annual Joint Consultative Meetings (JCMs) and the Joint Annual Review Missions (JARMs) have been conducted on-time and satisfactorily, which led to the smooth disbursement of DPs' financing based on verified DLIs achievement and on the confirmed GoB's expenditures in the primary education sector. Policy dialogues in these areas were thus improved.

Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The Government of Bangladesh, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and eight development partners have jointly developed the Third Primary Education Development Program, which has several innovative features. The project provides financing depending on the achievement of selected results called disbursement-linked indicators (DLIs) and the government and development partners have agreed on a joint mechanism to review, verify, and improve reporting on DLIs and other results. Because the government's treasury system is used for disbursement and financial management, close fiduciary oversight and support for system improvement in public financial management (PFM) was also agreed. Subsequently, the government has requested ADB's support to strengthen project management in the areas of fiduciary risk management, and result reporting and verification.
During Project Implementation The TA has strengthened fiduciary risk management and results-based management and reporting for PEDP3. It is represented by the implementation of the agreed Procurement and Financial Management (PFM) Action Plan items from 2012 to June 2017 in subsequent years as evidenced during annual review mission, results reporting fully meeting the agreed DLIs verification protocol from 2012 to June 2017, and the Annual Sector Performance Report 2014 of adequate quality. Although not all the PFM Action Plan items have been fully implemented until now, it has already shown significant progress in their implementation.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

The technical assistance (TA) will help ADB and other development partners to closely oversee PEDP III management, particularly in: (i) fiduciary risk management, and (ii) result reporting. It will help ensure government compliance with the agreed disbursement conditions and that funds are used effectively for the intended purpose, and accounted for. In addition the TA will further contribute to institutional capacity development in public financial management, result-based planning, financing and reporting, and other key areas of reforms as required.

Consultants inputs:

6 person-months of international consultants

12 person-months of national consultants

Procurement TBD
Responsible ADB Officer Long, Xin
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Bangladesh Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Primary and Mass Education
Mirpur-2, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Timetable
Concept Clearance 15 Mar 2012
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 29 May 2012
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 17 Sep 2017

TA 8085-BAN

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
29 May 2012 09 Sep 2012 09 Sep 2012 30 Sep 2013 30 Jun 2017 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
900,000.00 1,950,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,850,000.00 29 May 2012 2,535,137.02

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Title Document Type Document Date
Support for the Third Primary Education Development Project Technical Assistance Reports May 2012

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Tenders

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Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor Contractor Address Executing Agency Contract Description Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
Capacity Development Technical Assistance 8085 13 May 2015 Ernst & Young LLP (India) in association with A. Qasem & Co. (AQC, Bangladesh) 6th Floor, HT House, 18-20 Kasturba Ghandi Marg, New Delhi 110001, India Ministry of Primary and Mass Education 418020

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