Regional: Support for ASEAN Leaders Forum on Human Resource Development Towards an Integrated ASEAN Community

Sovereign Project | 45379-001 Status: Closed


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Project Name Support for ASEAN Leaders Forum on Human Resource Development Towards an Integrated ASEAN Community
Project Number 45379-001
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7957-REG: Support for ASEAN Leaders Forum on Human Resource Development Towards an Integrated ASEAN Community
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 225,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Education - Education sector development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact Education, science, and technology policies aligned to build capable human resources contributing to an integrated ASEAN Community starting from 2015.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Detailed design of the SEAMEO College as capacity development cooperation arrangement in ASEAN endorsed
Progress Toward Outcome The TA has achieved the intended outcome. The detailed design and operational plan of SEAMEO College was prepared and endorsed by the 35th SEAMEO HOM in November 2012. The TA has also achieved the intended outputs, except for Output 1-advisory board of SEAMEO College constituted.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Advisory board constituted

2. SEAMEO College vision and mission statements, and the result-framework prepared

3. Needs assessment conducted on priority human resource issues facing ASEAN region (including the analysis of the links between the supply of and demand for labor in the less developed ASEAN member countries)

4. Capacity development framework and modules for 4 target groups developed

5. Priority research agenda on ASEAN-wide and cross-border human resource issues identified

6. Monitoring and evaluation mechanism with benchmarking developed

7. The four-year operational plan (2012 2015) developed

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

Output 1: An advisory board was not constituted because SEAMEO Secretariat had to wait until the official launch of SEAMEO College in March 2013, and it was decided that the advisory board would be constituted during its operation. However, the composition and role of the advisory board were discussed and decided under the TA. The advisory board, comprising prominent scholars, professionals, and representatives from the private sector, will (i) advise on the policy, programs, and content of SEAMEO College; (ii) assist in advocacy and communication by serving as ambassadors for SEAMEO College; (iii) help connect to potential partners and obtain funds or other support from development partners; and (iv) provide voluntary work to assist in the implementation of SEAMEO College.

Output 2: A vision of the SEAMEO College is to bring out frontier innovations in education and HRD in ASEAN. The mission of the SEAMEO College is to create a regional platform for education ministers, high-level policy makers, prominent education practitioners, and youth leaders to regularly convene policy and strategic dialogues on ASEAN-wide education and HRD issues. The result-framework for SEAMEO College was developed and was included in the detailed design and operational plan of SEAMEO College. The impact of SEAMEO College is regional education and HRD innovations for a more integrated ASEAN Community, and the outcome of SEAMEO College is strengthened capacity of education leaders and practitioners to address ASEAN-wide education and HRD issues.

Output 3: The consultants conducted needs assessment through interviews and questionnaire surveys with selected ministers and high-officials of education, professional associations, SEAMEO regional centers, youth leaders in 10 ASEAN countries, and selected development partners. Based on the results of interviews and surveys, identified priority human resource issues were (i) disparities in education and skills attainment between low- and middle income countries, and among low-income countries, in ASEAN; (ii) the absence of harmonized regional frameworks for common standards in education and training; and (iii) changing labor demand in ASEAN with a view to developing a regional labor market.

Output 4: The TA developed a capacity development framework with key principles and elements to be considered in preparing the following 4 capacity development modules. They are (i) strategic dialogue for Education Ministers (module 1), which is high-profile strategic dialogues among Southeast Asian education ministers who will share ideas on regional frameworks for common standards in education and HRD; (ii) high officials country case studies (module 2), which supports forward-looking discussions among high-level education policy makers to generate new insights and innovative solutions based on regional and country case studies; (iii) education leaders' innovation forum (module 3); and (iv) innovation forum for youth leaders (module 4). Modules 3 and 4 are learning opportunities on innovations for education practitioners and youth leaders.

Output 5: The TA helped identify priority research topics in support of the delivery of 4 capacity development modules, which include (i) a review of best practices of innovative approaches in education and HRD within and outside ASEAN; (ii) mutual recognition and harmonization frameworks with common standards in technical and vocational education and training, and higher education; (iii) supply and demand forecasting of human resources in ASEAN; and (iv) post-Education for All framework and agenda beyond 2015.

Output 6: The Project Management Committee, comprising selected SEAMEO Secretariat and SEAMEO regional center staff, will monitor and evaluate the implementation of SEAMEO College. The result-framework of SEAMEO College includes performance indicators as benchmarking in terms of delivering capacity development modules and research outputs.

Output 7: The TA developed the detailed design and operational plan of SEAMEO College, covering two years from July 2013 to June 2015 with detailed activities and estimated budget on a quarterly basis. SEAMEO Secretariat and ADB agreed to prepare a more realistic design and operational plan for two years, instead of 4 years from 2012 2015.

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Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
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Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Under the framework of the existing MOU between ADB and SEAMEO, ADB will be the executing agency, and the SEAMEO Secretariat is the implementing agency, in close collaboration with ADB's Southeast Asia Department. The TA implementation will be closely monitored by the Advisory Board comprising Director, SEAMEO Secretariat, responsible ADB staff, and other prominent scholars and professionals. The TA will require 6 person-months of international consultants, 4 person-months of national consultants, and resource persons. Consultants and resource persons will be recruited individually in accordance with the ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants by ADB and its Borrowers 2010, as amended from time to time. Consultants will require highly specialized knowledge on ASEAN-wide and cross-border issues in education, training, and HRD, and extensive networks with education ministers, high level policy makers, education practitioners, and youth leaders in SEAMEO/ASEAN member countries. A firm is unlikely to be able to gather such specialized expertise and extensive networks in a single team. Therefore, consultants will be recruited on an individual basis. Disbursement under the TA will be made in accordance with the ADB's Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (May 2010, as amended from time to time). The TA will commence from 15 December 2011 and be completed on 31 May 2012.
Responsible ADB Officer Yasushi Hirosato
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Human and Social Development Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong
Metro Manila, Philippines
P.O. Box 789, 1099 Manila,
Concept Clearance 04 Nov 2011
Fact Finding -
Approval 07 Dec 2011
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 31 Mar 2014

TA 7957-REG

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
07 Dec 2011 - 07 Dec 2011 31 May 2012 30 Apr 2013 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
225,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 225,000.00 07 Dec 2011 219,971.23

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