Regional: Higher Education in the Pacific Investment Program - Tranche 2

Sovereign Project | 42291-026 Status: Active

Summary

Project 2 (with additional financing) will support the expansion of the University of the South Pacific (USP) regional campus in Solomon Islands to a new location in Honiara, at the King George VI School grounds, about 4 kilometers east of the existing campus. The scope of Project 2 includes (i) construction of classrooms, an ICT studio, science laboratories, faculty offices, administrative facilities, and a clean energy component supporting a solar photo-voltaic system; (ii) enhancement of ICT-based education; (iii) improvement of student support services; (iv) strengthening of USP governance and management; and (v) strengthening project management capacity of USP staff who will be involved in project implementation.

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Project Name Higher Education in the Pacific Investment Program - Tranche 2
Project Number 42291-026
Country Regional
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0505-REG: Higher Education in the Pacific Investment Program - Tranche 2
Clean Energy Fund under the Clean Energy Financing Partnership Facility US$ 1.50 million
Loan 3445-REG: Higher Education in the Pacific Investment Program - Tranche 2
Concessional ordinary capital resources / Asian Development Fund US$ 15.40 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Education - Tertiary

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Description Project 2 (with additional financing) will support the expansion of the University of the South Pacific (USP) regional campus in Solomon Islands to a new location in Honiara, at the King George VI School grounds, about 4 kilometers east of the existing campus. The scope of Project 2 includes (i) construction of classrooms, an ICT studio, science laboratories, faculty offices, administrative facilities, and a clean energy component supporting a solar photo-voltaic system; (ii) enhancement of ICT-based education; (iii) improvement of student support services; (iv) strengthening of USP governance and management; and (v) strengthening project management capacity of USP staff who will be involved in project implementation. Project 2 will enable the USP regional campus in Solomon Islands to accommodate an increasing demand for higher education, improve the quality of education through the use of ICT and adoption of distance flexible learning, and increase course offerings especially in the field of public health which is the anchor program for the campus. It will also help improve USP student services through provision of pre-enrollment information and career counseling, strengthening governance and management capacity of USP (improved data collection and analysis of USP activities and human resources), and strengthening capacity of USP personnel to effectively manage project activities.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Improved access to quality higher education at USP will contribute to human resource and skills development in the Pacific and will promote inclusive growth enabled by higher productivity and diversification of the regional economy.
Impact USP graduates contribute to economic competitiveness and diversifications of Solomon Islands and other USP member countries.

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome USP provides expanded and equitable access to quality higher education in Solomon Islands.
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Strengthened regional campus in Solomon Islands

Enhanced ICT-based education in Solomon Islands

Improved USP student services

Strengthened project management capacity

Strengthened USP governance and management

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

Safeguard Categories

Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects The project is considered to create impacts which can be mitigated adequately through implementation of the environmental management plan which includes measures to avoid and/or minimize environmental impacts from civil works and related construction activities.
Involuntary Resettlement The project involves relocation of 18 households (142 people) of which 13 are employees of King George VI School. Twelve of these families will be relocated to newly constructed houses across the road from the existing site and on the land of King George VI school. The households have agreed to be relocated to the new houses which will be constructed to a standard, at least equivalent to if not better than, the current houses. Five employees of the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development and one employee of the King George VI school and their families will be enrolled in the public service housing rental scheme and will be provided subsidized accommodation. The project will not create economic displacement for this group as their employment is not affected by the relocation.
Indigenous Peoples The entire population of Solomon Islands is considered indigenous and the affected people are not considered especially vulnerable.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Regular public consultations will continue to be carried out with key stakeholders (e.g., member government officials, nongovernment organizations, development partners, and regional agencies) to discuss and update the progress of reform efforts to sustain the reform.
During Project Implementation Regular public consultations will continue to be carried out with key stakeholders (e.g., member government officials, nongovernment organizations, development partners, and regional agencies) to discuss and update the progress of reform efforts to sustain the reform.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services All consultants financed by ADB will be engaged according to ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013 as amended from time to time).
Procurement All procurement of goods and civil works will be undertaken in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2015, as amended from time to time).

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Thonden, Chimi
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban, Social Development & Public Management Division, PARD
Executing Agencies
The University of the South Pacific
Suva
Fiji

Timetable

Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding 31 May 2016 to 02 Jun 2016
MRM 29 Jul 2016
Approval 21 Oct 2016
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 31 Oct 2016

Grant 0505-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
21 Oct 2016 03 Nov 2016 13 Feb 2017 30 Jun 2020 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 1.50 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 21 Oct 2016 0.00 0.18 12%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 1.50 21 Oct 2016 0.00 0.00 0%

Loan 3445-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
21 Oct 2016 03 Nov 2016 13 Feb 2017 30 Jun 2020 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 17.88 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 15.40 21 Oct 2016 0.00 1.47 10%
Counterpart 2.48 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 21 Oct 2016 0.00 0.00 0%

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