Nepal: Education Sector Program I

Sovereign (Public) Project | 35174-013 Status: Archived

The Asian Development Bank is working with Nepal to increase the level of education, particularly for girls and disadvantaged groups, in order to decrease poverty. The program is working to broadly improve the country’s primary and basic education system with a focus on helping the poor get in and stay in school.

Project Name Education Sector Program I
Project Number 35174-013
Country Nepal
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 2277-NEP: Education Sector Program I
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 30.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Education - Education sector development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The overall objective of the Education Sector Program I (ESP I) is to contribute to poverty reduction in Nepal by increasing the level of education attainment, particularly for girls and disadvantaged groups. ESP I aims at achieving: (i) improved policy interventions in primary and basic education and performance targets under the Nepal Education for All (EFA) 2004-2009, and (ii) a broadly accepted and financed 1-12 school sector reform and restructuring framework, for implementation by FY2010. ESP I will support EFA by joining the Joint Financing Agreement (JFA). It will help finance the three remaining years of EFA, and help monitor, assess and improve policy implementation under EFA jointly with other pooling donors. Furthermore, ESP I will support the Government's ongoing process of preparing a policy, governance, management, and financing framework appropriate for an integrated 1-12 school sector. This support will be provided in a joint and harmonized manner with other donors in the context of a program based approach.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Government's poverty reduction strategy (PRSP) is the Tenth Five-Year Development Plan, 2002-07 (the Tenth Plan). It recognizes the critical role of education in poverty reduction and aims to reduce the overall poverty incidence

to 30% by 2007, and to significantly improve the living conditions of the poor. The PRSP is built on four pillars: (i) broad-based economic growth; (ii) human development; (iii) targeted programs to foster social inclusion of the very poor, vulnerable, and historically deprived groups; and (iv) good governance.

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location nationwide
Safeguard Categories
Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples B
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The Project requires national consultants for the following: (i) Package A - core document preparation, capacity building of technical secretariat, and overall project management and coordination for 40 person-months; (ii) Package B - refurbishment and IT support for 14 person months; and (iii) Package C - regional and district level preparation for 1-12 SSA, for 10 person months. One international and two national consultants will also be recruited to continue policy advisory services under Package D.
Procurement Procurement and installation of IT and multimedia equipment are envisaged under Package B (Refurbishment and IT Support).
Responsible ADB Officer Hayashi, Ryotaro
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Human and Social Development Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Education & Sports
Keshar Mahal
Concept Clearance 12 Aug 2003
Fact Finding 09 Jun 2006 to 23 Jun 2006
MRM 31 Aug 2006
Approval 01 Dec 2006
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 20 Feb 2007
Last PDS Update 20 Nov 2009

Loan 2277-NEP

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
01 Dec 2006 28 Dec 2006 06 Feb 2007 31 Jan 2010 - 09 Jan 2009
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 30.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 30.00 01 Dec 2006 31.30 0.00 100%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 01 Dec 2006 31.30 0.00 100%

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Title Document Type Document Date
Education Sector Program (Subprograms I–III): Program Completion Report Project/Program Completion Reports Jul 2016
Education Sector Program I Reports and Recommendations of the President Nov 2006
Education Sector Program I Design and Monitoring Frameworks Aug 2006
Loan Agreement for Education Sector Program I between Nepal and ADB dated 28 December 2006 Loan Agreement (Special Operations) Dec 1996

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards

Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

Title Document Type Document Date
Education Sector Program I Indigenous Peoples Planning Frameworks/Indigenous Peoples Development Frameworks Sep 2006

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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