Myanmar: Support for Education Sector Planning

Sovereign Project | 46369-001 Status: Closed


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Project Name Support for Education Sector Planning
Project Number 46369-001
Country Myanmar
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8187-MYA: Support for Education Sector Planning
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 200,000.00
Government of Australia US$ 370,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Education - Education sector development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome

The TA (confinanced by Australia) registered strong performance, providing critical front-line support to Myanmar's landmark Comprehensive Education Sector Review (CESR). Activities under all three of the TA's outputs were largely completed by the original completion date (31 October 2014), though the TA was recently extended by 4 months (through February 2015) to allow support for CESR Phase 3, which has been extended into mid-2015.

The TA is now physically completed (awaiting final closure), after having made important contributions in terms of a strengthened knowledge base and institutional capacities in Myanmar (outlined below).

During CESR Phases 2-3, support under TA 8187 was augmented by and dovetailed with support to the CESR under TA 8385 (also cofinanced by and in partnership with Australia). Additionally, the ADB staff team has maintained a significant involvement in TA implementation, including working with the CESR team and consultants in-country.

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

Output 1. In direct collaboration with the CESR Office and staff and additional consultants from the ADB, GIZ, and UNESCO (and in close dialogue with other development parters such as AusAID and JICA), the TA supported substantive completion of 4 studies as inputs to the compilation volume for CESR Phase 1. These 4 reports (released as technical annexes to the CESR Volume 1 compilation volume) are online at and and cover (i) secondary education, (ii) TVET, (iii) higher education, and (iv) initial labor market analysis. Findings of this analysis were strongly endorsed via multi-stakeholder roundtable discussions. Key issues and recommendations from draft technical reports have been distilled in the draft CESR Volume 1 main text, prepared by the CESR Team. During Phase 2, the TA supported preparation of a technical annex to Volume 2 on the implications of Myanmar's integration into ASEAN. This and other Phase 2 input reports supported by ADB and other development partners are expected to be launched on the CESR website by MOE in the coming weeks. TA-supported analysis and recommendations have directly fed into further analysis as well as policy dialogue during CESR Phase 2, and contributed to decisions in areas such as the strategy for secondary education curriculum reform.

Output 2: Regional experiences and lessons learned have been mainstreamed into the noted Phase 1 technical annex reports as well as national forums and policy dialogue, spanning all of the post-primary education subsectors (secondary, TVET, and higher education).

Output 3: An initial capacity development series for the CESR Team on analysis using EMIS and household survey data was completed in October 2013, and fed directly into the collaborative studies, noted above. The TA and ADB staff inputs have continued to support a series of subsequent capacity development seminars, principally targeted at CESR Team staff, but including (for example) a session for the Myanmar Central Statistical Office.

Geographical Location

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Support under the TA is fully mainstreamed within the government-led, DP-supported CESR process, under which MOE acts as overall lead agency, coordinating inputs from MOST and other agencies involved in education (particularly TVET and HES). More specifically, the TA directly supports elements of the CESR design approved by the President on 6 July 2012. ADB has been involved from the earliest stages of conceptualizing the CESR, including participation in working groups on TVET (with UNESCO and GIZ as the other main DPs) and HES (along with UNESCO), and has dialogued closely with the government and multiple DPs in identifying needs for SES-related analysis and support under the CESR as part of a larger basic education sector working group. This process has engaged a diverse array of DPs, ranging from bilateral and multilateral international agencies to international and national NGOs. CESR coordination mechanisms (including the noted JESWG) have been established to support continued harmonization of support by DPs (including under this TA) during CESR implementation.
During Project Implementation TA implementation is likewise fully integrated within the umbrella of the government-led, DP-supported CESR, and will continue to involve substantial dialogue with an array of stakeholders. The government established a CESR Office to coordinate the CESR, including DP support and stakeholder dialogue. A series of technical roundtable meetings (with 3 focused on TVET) as well as stakeholder consultation during Phases 1 and 2 have brought together stakeholders from various government agencies, academic institutions, and the private sector.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services The TA will support indicatively 18.0 person-months of international and 18.0 person-months of domestic consultants, who will have expertise in SES, TVET, and/or HES and will be recruited as individuals and engaged by ADB in accordance with the Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time). The TA will also flexibly mobilize short-term resource persons to provide specific expertise, as needed.
Procurement The TA is expected to finance very modest procurement, including resource materials and minor equipment (indicatively two laptop computers and one digital camera), in a manner consistent with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2010, as amended from time to time), and other ADB guidelines and procedures.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Christopher Spohr
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Myanmar Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Education
Building No. (13) Ministry of Education
Nay Pyi Taw Myanmar


Concept Clearance 30 Aug 2012
Fact Finding 30 Aug 2012 to 02 Sep 2012
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 31 Mar 2015

TA 8187-MYA

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
10 Oct 2012 23 Oct 2012 23 Oct 2012 31 Oct 2014 28 Feb 2015 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
200,000.00 370,000.00 150,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 720,000.00 10 Oct 2012 518,432.66

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