Bangladesh: Support to Primary Education Development

Sovereign Project | 42122-015 Status: Active

The TA will support implementation of the National Education Policy to achieve quality education for all, particularly in the area of good governance and capacity development. The TA will support the management of the ongoing Third Primary Education Development Program (PEDP3), as well as a smooth transition to the next primary education program. The next primary education program will extend coverage up to grade 8, which currently spans to grade 5. PEDP3 provides financing depending on the government achieving a set of annual disbursement linked indicators (DLIs) that are outputs deemed essential to meet the project's objectives. The new primary education program is proposed to follow the same principles, hence a smooth transitionis required. The TA will provide support in improved results reporting and implementation in key results areas as well as support development an approach to expand primary education from grade 5 to grade 8.

 
Project Name Support to Primary Education Development
Project Number 42122-015
Country Bangladesh
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9276-BAN: Support to Primary Education Development
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 300,000.00
TA: Support to Primary Education Development (Supplementary)
Government of Canada US$ 1.50 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector

Education - Pre-primary and primary

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description The TA will support implementation of the National Education Policy to achieve quality education for all, particularly in the area of good governance and capacity development. The TA will support the management of the ongoing Third Primary Education Development Program (PEDP3), as well as a smooth transition to the next primary education program. The next primary education program will extend coverage up to grade 8, which currently spans to grade 5. PEDP3 provides financing depending on the government achieving a set of annual disbursement linked indicators (DLIs) that are outputs deemed essential to meet the project's objectives. The new primary education program is proposed to follow the same principles, hence a smooth transitionis required. The TA will provide support in improved results reporting and implementation in key results areas as well as support development an approach to expand primary education from grade 5 to grade 8. The TA is a follow-up to TA 8085-BAN: Support for the PEDP3, which supported fiduciary oversight, implementation and results-management in the first five years of the program.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Bangladesh has made significant progress in improving the participation and retention rates of boys and girls in primary education. However, challenges remain in reducing dropout and repetition rates and in improving the quality of education, particularly in disadvantaged areas. PEDP3 always had a strong focus on improving the quality of education, while at the same time aiming to sustain and improve where possible the efforts to widen access to education. Success in managing reforms in large systems such as the Bangladesh primary education system depends largely on the government's capacity for effective targeting, planning, and management of resources to achieve the intended results. PEDP3 has since its start supported the development of institutional capacity in planning and financing based on results, has established a robust monitoring and evaluation system, and has promoted accountability for results through improved results reporting. The joint midterm review of PEDP3 confirmed in August 2014 that the results-based approach using the treasury system was yielding good progress. To ensure that the implementation of the program remains on track, achievement of agreed results, must be properly monitored and assessed; and additional implementation support must be given in core result areas such as infrastructure, gender, and quality, especially during the closing of the ongoing program and the transition to the new program, especially for expanding primary education to grade 8. In line with the direction set out in the national education policy and in the Sustainable Development Goal 4, a first draft action plan to expand primary education to grade 8 was developed; it is built upon an implementation strategy prepared for secondary education with ADB TA support in 2012.
Impact An efficient, inclusive, and equitable primary education system in Bangladesh (Third Primary Education Development Project

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome Planning and results management capacity in primary education improved
Progress Toward Outcome The TA provides assistance to the executing and implementing agencies in planning, monitoring and reporting in key result areas. The TA provides support to strengthen results reporting, which is aimed at contributing to increased assurance on the quality of results reporting. It will also assist in the transition to the new program in the core results areas relevant to the DLIs.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Reform to expand primary education developed

Results reporting implemented

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) The captioned TA's support for implementation and results reporting is being provided following the previous TA support for PEDP3 since its start. Given that a new primary education program is planned to start in the first quarter of 2018 and PEDP3 is planned to close in the second quarter of 2018, the captioned TA is focused on the support for implementation of the final stages of PEDP3 and the transition to the new program. The captioned TA provides support for implementation in key results areas, results reporting and sector reform. It will also support preparing a study to inform the action plan for expanding primary education to grade 8. Additional support for PFM capacity development and fiduciary risk management for the remaining years of PEDP3 and the transition to the new program is still required.
Geographical Location

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The Government of Bangladesh, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and eight development partners have jointly developed the Third Primary Education Development Program, which has several innovative features. The project provides financing depending on the achievement of selected results called disbursement-linked indicators (DLIs) and the government and development partners have agreed on a joint mechanism to review, verify, and improve reporting on DLIs and other results. Because the government's treasury system is used for disbursement and financial management, close fiduciary oversight and support for system improvement in public financial management (PFM) was also agreed. Subsequently, the government has requested ADB's support to strengthen project management in the areas of fiduciary risk management, and result reporting and verification.
During Project Implementation TA is to support implementation of the Third Primary Education Development Project (PEDP3) and its transition to the new program. PEDP3 was approved in 2011 with additional financing approved in 2015, and is jointly funded by the Government of Bangladesh, the ADB and eight other development partners (DPs) via a sector wide approach. PEDP3''s financing from ADB follows a results-based approach of which 50% depends on the government achieving a set of 9 annual Disbursement Linked Indicators (DLIs) that are results deemed essential to meet the project's objectives and the other 50% upon receipt of statement of expenditure. The government and DPs have agreed on a joint mechanism to review, verify, and improve reporting on DLIs and other results. Because ADB and the DPs use the government's treasury system for project disbursement and financial management, close fiduciary oversight and support for system improvement in public financial management (PFM) was also agreed. The Government of Bangladesh and the PEDP3 donor consortium have established the Procurement and Finance Working Group (PFWG) which is responsible for coordinating the fiduciary review process. The PFWG is chaired by the government, while ADB and the International Development Association (IDA) are co-chairs. On behalf of the PEDP3 donor consortium ADB and IDA jointly coordinate the fiduciary oversight in close consultation with the other development partners (DPs) in the consortium. TA support for fiduciary oversight, implementation, and results reporting has been provided since the start of the PEDP3. Given that a new primary education program is planned to start in the first quarter of 2018 and PEDP3 is planned to close in the second quarter of 2018, it was agreed to lend support for fiduciary oversight and PFM improvement, and for implementation of the final stages of PEDP3 and the transition to the new program. The captioned TA provides support for implementation in key results areas, results reporting and sector reform. Additional support for PFM capacity development and fiduciary risk management for the remaining years of PEDP3 and the transition to the new program is still required.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services The Ministry of Primary and Mass Education will be the executing agency and the Directorate of Primary Education the implementing agency. ADB will administer the TA. Consulting services will be provided in line with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time) for a total of 31 estimated person-months, comprising 9 person-months of international and 22 person-months of national consultants.
Procurement not applicable

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Long, Xin
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Bangladesh Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Primary and Mass Education
Mirpur-2, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Timetable

Concept Clearance 21 Oct 2016
Fact Finding 26 Oct 2016 to 26 Oct 2016
MRM -
Approval 13 Dec 2016
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 29 Mar 2017

TA 9276-BAN

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
13 Dec 2016 23 Jan 2017 23 Jan 2017 30 Jun 2018 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
300,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 300,000.00 13 Dec 2016 11,466.84

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