Project Name
Support for the Human Resource Development Strategy
Project Number
Country / Economy
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
Project Status
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8277-LAO: Support for the Human Resource Development Strategy
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 900,000.00
Strategic Agendas
  • Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change
  • Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
  • Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector
  • Education / Non-formal education - Pre-primary and primary - Secondary - Technical and vocational education and training - Tertiary

Gender equity theme
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Strengthened human resources to support national socioeconomic development priorities

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome

Endorsed national HRD strategy

Progress Toward Outcome
A multi-sectoral National Human Resource Commission was established in November 2014. The HRD strategy is expected to be finalized in parallel with the 8th National Social Development Plan of the government.

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs

1. MOES management and coordination capacity strengthened

2. HRD studies and survey

3.HRD strategic framework (including strategic trusts)

4. HRD action plan

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

1. Several workshops have been held for MOES staff and HRD sector focal points. An HRD Office has been established and is currently operational in the MOES Department of Planning, which serves as the Secretariat to National HRD Commission. The most recent workshop was a 4-day capacity building workshop for staff of the HRD Office and HRD focal points.

2. The Civil Servant Skills Survey has been completed, and a final report has been prepared by the TA team and provided to the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Education and Sport. b. The Regional Migration Study is currently being implemented by the Thai Development Research Institute in both Thailand and Lao PDR. The first phase of the study was completed in November 2014 with the results reported in a workshop in December 2014. The study was extended to a second phase in order to transfer the regional migration model to Lao researchers at the National University and at the National Economic Research Institute.

3. The HRD Strategic Framework (including strategic thrusts) has been completed and was endorsed by the National HRD Commission at its meeting in June 2014.

4. The HRD action plan is currently in preparation, with inputs solicited from the Government and from Development Partners. The preparation of the HRD Action Plan required an extension in order to incorporate elements of the next 5-year plan. The new date for the submission of the HRD Strategic Framework and Action Plan 2016-2025 is the end of November 2015.

The revised TA completion date is 31 December 2015.

Geographical Location

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation

During Project Design
Consultations with government, development partners, and relevant stakeholders have been undertaken.
During Project Implementation
Continuous collaboration with the government, development partners, and relevant stakeholders. ADB fields biannual review missions. Relevant project documents will be posted in the ADB website.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services
The consultants will be engaged by ADB individually in accordance with the Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time). One international consultant (about 12 person-months) and one national consultant (about 18 person-months) will be recruited possibly in the areas of project management, HRD strategy formulation, HRD action plan preparation and dissemination. Based on experience, track record, and involvement in key HRD related ongoing studies such as Skills Toward Employment and Productivity (STEP) skills surveys and public sector survey, Indochina Research Lao (IRL) will be engaged as a local research institute by ADB using single-source selection method in accordance with the Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time). A regional research institute will be engaged by ADB using consultants' qualifications method in accordance with the Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time), to conduct studies on forecasts of demand and supply of skilled workers, and on international and within-country migration.


Responsible ADB Officer
Thomas, Elaine C.
Responsible ADB Department
Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division
Human and Social Development Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank


Concept Clearance
09 Nov 2012
Fact Finding
01 Oct 2012 to 05 Oct 2012
12 Dec 2012
Last Review Mission
Last PDS Update
25 Sep 2015


TA 8277-LAO

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
12 Dec 2012 09 Jan 2013 09 Jan 2013 31 Dec 2014 31 Dec 2015 15 Feb 2016
Financing Plan/TA Utilization
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
900,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 900,000.00
Cumulative Disbursements
Date Amount
17 Jun 2022 869,001.93
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