Project Name
Enhancing the Institutional Capacity of the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division, Ministry of Planning
Project Number
Country / Economy
  • Bangladesh
Project Status
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8840-BAN: Enhancing the Institutional Capacity of the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
Strategic Agendas
  • Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change
  • Governance and capacity development
  • Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector
  • Public sector management / Public administration

No gender elements

The proposed TA builds on the success of two previous similar TAs: 'Strengthening Project Portfolio Performance (TA 3336-BAN), completed in August 2006 and 'Strengthening Results-Based Monitoring and Evaluation Project (TA 4880-BAN), completed in June 2010. The first TA enhanced project monitoring capacity of IMED through strengthening of its project management information system (MIS), specifically for ADB's portfolio in Bangladesh. The second TA assisted IMED in developing a strategic plan for capacity building for results-based monitoring in all sectors, and implemented training programs to deepen the knowledge of IMED staff in project design, implementation and monitoring, based on the principle of a results-based approach. Through the proposed TA, the government is now seeking ADB's further support to operationalize the strategic plan of IMED, further improve its RBME capacity for technical projects, strengthen RBME system, and standardize logical frameworks in project formulation for higher project readiness and project quality and improve IMED capacity for technical audits.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The proposed TA supports the government's 6th Five Year Plan FY2011-FY2015 which emphasizes the need to increase capacity for evidence-based decision-making through the use of robust results-based monitoring and evaluation systems. It also addresses good governance and capacity development, one of the key thematic drivers of ADB's Country Partnership Strategy 2011-2015.


RBME mainstreamed in development planning in Bangladesh

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome

IMED''s capacity for results-based monitoring of projects and programs is improved

Progress Toward Outcome

The main TA objective of capacity enhancement substantially over-achieved compared to DMF target. Training modules and resource materials on Results-Based Monitoring and Evaluation (RBME), Technical/Performance Audit (T/PA), and Logical Framework (LF) were developed; and 24 officials trained as trainers. Total 1,068 trainee-days were achieved in the country during 2016, 2017 and 2018; and total 281 trainee-days were achieved in study tour/training in esteemed institutions abroad. Due to commencement and implementation delays, activities required additional time for completion.

The interventions will contribute to enable IMED to respond to evolving needs for M&E capacity building through the resource persons and materials developed under the TA.

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs

IMED's Strategic Plan, 2008-2013 implemented

Logical framework for project design improved

Training programs on technical audits implemented

Information system improved

RBME integrated in the Seventh Five Year Plan, FY2016-FY2020

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

The TA was designed to enhance IMED's capacity for results-based monitoring of projects and programs through on-the-job training, and knowledge transfer by experts with international and national qualifications. Three individual consultants, two international and one national, were engaged in partial lump-sum contracts with payment of remuneration based on delivered outputs. They provided about 200 workdays of international and 123 workdays of national inputs in terms of approximate workdays against activities/deliverables. The national MIS Expert with main responsibility of 4th output (Information system improved), was not recruited as per advice of IMED to avoid duplication or interference with similar ongoing activities which IMED is undertaking in other projects. Three TA consultants performed their studies and reviews under ADB and IMED's guidance, developed resource materials for training programs, and conducted training sessions. The logical framework expert under this TA project studied four projects under education and transport sectors and provided recommendation for improvement of logical framework for projects under these sectors.

Development of Capacity Enhancement Resources and Delivery of Relevant Activities:

a) 3-day training module on Results-Based Monitoring and Evaluation (RBME), 3-day training module on Technical/Performance Audit (T/PA), and 2-day training module on Logical Framework (LF) were developed by the respective international and national experts. In addition, guidance on RBME, T/PA and LF for practitioners were prepared for relevant officials concerned with project design, monitoring and implementation.

b) Using developed resource materials, relevant officials from IMED, Planning Commission/Division (PC/PD), Economic Relations Division (ERD), agencies and ministries of agriculture, education, industries and transport sectors were trained by project consultants (specialists) as facilitators. The Technical Audit Specialist (international consultant) conducted 4-day comprehensive Training of Trainers (TOT) for 24 officials selected based on merit/performance in regular training events on RBME, T/PA and LF. Subsequently, 10 potential trainers capable of conducting future training/capacity building programs on RBME, T/PA and LF were recommended through classroom evaluation.

c) Several of newly trained trainers conducted in-house training for one batch on RBME (2-days) in April 2017 and two batches on RBME and TA/LF (each 2-days) in July and October 2018 respectively. These in-house trainings were open for all IMED officials and achieved total 230 trainee-days.

d) Grand total eleven batches of fundamental training programs (including 3 mentioned in 'c' above) for capacity building of IMED and other relevant officials were conducted on RMBE, T/PA and LF achieving total 1,068 trainee-days in the country during 2016, 2017 and 2018.

In these events, total 191 officials of IMED and relevant agencies/ministries were trained on RBME, 177 officials trained on logical framework, and 162 officials trained on technical audit, which includes 24 officials trained as trainers.

e) Two batches of study tours on Technical/Performance Audit were completed at the National Audit Academy (AAN) of Malaysia (25 officials for 5 days). Six (6) officials of IMED successfully completed training on Monitoring Evaluation and Learning at MDF Training and Consultancy in the Netherlands in May 2018 (10 days). Eight (8) officials from IMED, RHD and PC successfully completed the course on "Monitoring and Evaluation of Development Projects and Programmes" at the International Training Centre at Turin, Italy in September 2018 (12 days).

In these study tour/training events outside the country, total 281 trainee-days were achieved by 39 trainees.

Originally, the TA was expected to be implemented within 30 November 2016. However, IMED commenced project activities after approval of the technical assistance project proposal (TPP) by the government in December 2015. Later, it was extended up to 31 October 2018. By the time IMED commenced project activities, intended outputs (i), (iv) and (v) became less relevant under the circumstances: (a) Strategic plan became outdated for capacity enhancement of IMED officials, who were mostly from planning cadre of the government services. In addition, government planned to merge the planning cadre officials with administrative cadre officials for which details of reorganization were not available. (b) IMED taken up MIS development under several programs with funding from various development partners. (c) The 7th-FYP already finalized and approved by the government on 20 October 2015.

TA physical completion was on 31 October 2018 and financial closing was on 31 January 2019.

Geographical Location

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation

During Project Design
ERD and IMED officials were consulted during the Reconnaissance Mission and Fact Finding Mission. Regular consultation was done among concerned ADB and IMED teams.
During Project Implementation
Detailed activities and work plan were undertaken in regular consultation with the Project Director (PD) of EICI Project under IMED.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services
Timely reporting to ADB will be accomplished by IMED and the consultants as per the monitoring and evaluation mechanism.
Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED), Ministry of Planning, Bangladesh. A project steering committee, headed by Secretary IMED, and represented by ADB staff, the Project Director (PD) and the International Team Leader will track implementation progress.


Responsible ADB Officer
Zulyaminayn, Mohammed
Responsible ADB Department
South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division
Bangladesh Resident Mission (BRM)
Executing Agencies
Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division


Concept Clearance
03 Sep 2014
Fact Finding
14 Sep 2014 to 15 Sep 2014
15 Dec 2014
Last Review Mission
Last PDS Update
23 Jun 2020


TA 8840-BAN

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
15 Dec 2014 01 Jul 2015 01 Jul 2015 30 Nov 2016 31 Oct 2018 31 Jan 2019
Financing Plan/TA Utilization
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
500,000.00 0.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 600,000.00
Cumulative Disbursements
Date Amount
17 Jun 2022 393,002.29
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