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Bangladesh: Good Governance Program

Sovereign (Public) Project | 37017-013 Status: Closed

The Good Governance Program is expected to contribute to economic growth and enhanced public access to effective public services to the citizens of Bangladesh. The key outcome of the Program will be improved governance and lower incidence of corruption in the public sector of Bangladesh. This will be reflected in: (i) increased consensus on good governance, integrity and anticorruption reforms in the country; (ii) increased performance of and transparency within key institutions mandated to fight and prevent corruption such as the ACC, judiciary, prosecution, as well as the civil society, and the private sector; (ii) mainstreaming of initiatives on good governance and anticorruption within selected sectoral level agencies vital to public services; and (iv) strengthening of corruption prevention mechanisms such as the Office of Ombudsman, and legal, institutional framework for whistleblower protection, and right to information.

Project Details

Project Officer
Gobinda Bar South Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Bangladesh
Modality
  • Loan
  • Technical Assistance
Sector
  • Public sector management
 
Project Name Good Governance Program
Project Number 37017-013
Country Bangladesh
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 2362-BAN: Good Governance Program
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 150.00 million
TA 4983-BAN: Supporting the Good Governance Program (piggybacked to Loan 37017-01 BAN: Good Governance)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.50 million
Danish International Development Assistance US$ 1.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management / Public administration

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The Good Governance Program is expected to contribute to economic growth and enhanced public access to effective public services to the citizens of Bangladesh. The key outcome of the Program will be improved governance and lower incidence of corruption in the public sector of Bangladesh. This will be reflected in: (i) increased consensus on good governance, integrity and anticorruption reforms in the country; (ii) increased performance of and transparency within key institutions mandated to fight and prevent corruption such as the ACC, judiciary, prosecution, as well as the civil society, and the private sector; (ii) mainstreaming of initiatives on good governance and anticorruption within selected sectoral level agencies vital to public services; and (iv) strengthening of corruption prevention mechanisms such as the Office of Ombudsman, and legal, institutional framework for whistleblower protection, and right to information.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The corruption problem in Bangladesh is endemic and a situation of absolute corruption can be said to exist in the country. Albeit slow, the Government is making steady progress in addressing some broad governance issues, including improving fiscal and financial management, project documentation and processing, public sector management efficiency, and corporate governance in key sectors. Recent measures by the Government to address core governance issues include: (a) the creation of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), (b) strengthening of law enforcement agencies, (c) establishment of regular courts in the hill districts where the majority of the country's indigenous peoples reside, (d) separating the judiciary from the executive, and various civil and criminal justice reforms, (e) development of a national integrity strategy aimed at combating corruption in Government, (f) passage of the Public Procurement Act in 2006, and (g) continuing corporatization and commercialization of sector entities (such as in power) and strengthening regulatory functions.

ADB's program of assistance to the Government of Bangladesh has as its core a focus on good governance and anticorruption. Good governance results form one part of the triage of results that ADB has strategically defined for Bangladesh (the other two being sustainable economic growth and social development). ADB?s strategy for good governance in Bangladesh also recognizes that a long time frame will be required to forge progress in this area in the country and that greater attention needs to be given to transforming organizations and building credible and strong institutions.

Impact Economic growth and enhanced public access to effective public service
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Improved governance and lower incidence of corruption in the public sector in Bangladesh
Progress Toward Outcome Achieved as measured, for example, by TI ratings and implementation of major governance reforms by Bangladesh and compliance of 44 out of total 47 tranche conditions.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Vision, Strategy, and Procedures, including NIS, UNCAC, amended Anticorruption Commission Act, and strengthened Anticorruption Commission

2. Enforcement and Sanction Mechanisms, including strengthened judiciary, and improved prosecution

services

3. Prevention Mechanisms, including focused anticorruption interventions, accountability mechanisms in line

ministries, and grievance redress mechanisms

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

Largely accomplished. 44 out of total 47 policy conditions of the program were fully complied with.

Completed

Accomplished

RTI and whistleblower protection has been enacted and gazetted.

These plans have been put in place for 5 key sectors (such as railways, port, power, helath, education, etc.)

Certainly evident in line ministries and the central agencies through the work of the Cabinet Division.

The transparency has been increased greatly by PSC

The Office is yet to be established

NIS was approved by Cabinet in October 2012 with detailed action plan for all relevant institutions.

General improvement in ACC performance noted.

As above

ACC act of 2004 is consistent with UNCAC and rules have been framed consistent with ACC act.

Vulnerability to Corruption (VC) were carried out in 2009-10 in 6 departments / agencies. Performance indicators need to be established.

NIS was approved by Cabinet in October 2012 and NIAC has been formed with PM as the Chair and an Executive Committee with FM as the Chair. NIAC meeting held in March 2013 took decisions to implement NIS in all government departments and agencies.

Good progress made

Decentralized operations in place

Generally valid with some exceptions

Yet to be established

There are adequate resources. Large infrastructure project implemented in most disctricts for construction of court buildings for judges.

Done

Done for JSC and Judiciary but prosecution service not yet implemented

Fulfilled for lower judiciary

Fulfilled

Reporting and monitoring protocols are deemed to be more or less adequate although they haven't been substantially revamped

Reports prepared

Done

Geographical Location Nation-wide
Safeguard Categories
Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects N/A
Involuntary Resettlement N/A
Indigenous Peoples N/A
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Discussions took place with senior government officials, development partners, and civil society stakeholders.
During Project Implementation As part of the work on the program and National Integrity Strategy (NIS), extensive consultations were conducted across Bangladesh, including with civil society, women's groups, members of the academia, local government officials, and general citizens.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Consulting services will be procured under the piggy-backed TA and the program money will not directly finance procurement of any consulting services.
Procurement Being a program loan, the loan money will not directly finance any procurement of goods and services. Program money will be disbursed based on compliance of specific tranche conditions. The piggy-backed TA involves procurement of some consulting services, some computers and equipment, and supporting training and capacity building activities. The procurement under the TA will be carried out in accordance with the ADB's Procurement Guidelines 2015.
Responsible ADB Officer Gobinda Bar
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Bangladesh Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Cabinet Division Government of Bangladesh
[email protected]
Room 21, Building 1
Bangladesh Secretariat
Dhaka
Timetable
Concept Clearance 17 Apr 2007
Fact Finding 17 Apr 2007 to 30 Apr 2007
MRM 13 Jul 2007
Approval 30 Oct 2007
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 06 Mar 2006
Last PDS Update 17 Sep 2018

Loan 2362-BAN

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
30 Oct 2007 01 Nov 2007 26 Nov 2007 31 Mar 2012 30 Sep 2018 16 Nov 2018
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 150.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 150.00 30 Oct 2007 146.34 0.00 100%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 30 Oct 2007 146.34 0.00 100%

TA 4983-BAN

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
30 Oct 2007 15 Jan 2008 15 Jan 2008 30 Sep 2011 30 Jun 2014 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,500,000.00 1,000,000.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 3,000,000.00 30 Oct 2007 1,036,253.61

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Title Document Type Document Date
Good Governance Program (Third Tranche): Progress Report on Tranche Release Progress Reports on Tranche Releases Sep 2018
Good Governance Program Progress Reports on Tranche Releases Nov 2008
Loan Agreement for Good Governance Program between People's Republic of Bangladesh and Asian Development Bank dated 1 November 2007 Loan Agreement (Special Operations) Nov 2007
Program Loan and Technical Assistance Grant Good Governance Program Project/Program Administration Manual Nov 2007
Good Governance Program Reports and Recommendations of the President Oct 2007
Good Governance Program Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Aug 2007
Good Governance Sector Development Program Design and Monitoring Frameworks Jul 2007
Proposed Program Loan and Technical Assistance Grant Good Governance Program Procurement Plans Jun 2007

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards

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