The project is included in this year's Country Operations Business Plan. The Government of Bangladesh (the Government) has requested the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to provide technical assistance (TA) to support governance and capacity building to enhance operational efficiency of the ADB Bangladesh portfolio. During consultations, ADB and the Government reached an agreement on the impact, outcome, outputs, implementation arrangements, and cost and financing arrangements for this TA.
|Project Name||Governance and Capacity Development|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Public sector management - Public expenditure and fiscal management
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Gender equity|
|Description||The project is included in this year's Country Operations Business Plan. The Government of Bangladesh (the Government) has requested the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to provide technical assistance (TA) to support governance and capacity building to enhance operational efficiency of the ADB Bangladesh portfolio. During consultations, ADB and the Government reached an agreement on the impact, outcome, outputs, implementation arrangements, and cost and financing arrangements for this TA.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
ADB operations and services should reside in finance, knowledge, and coordination. The long-term strategic framework (Strategy 2020) identifies helping developing countries gain knowledge as an important driver of change. In support of this the South Asia Regional Department (SARD) is preparing its approach paper for Knowledge Management Work in SARD, which has guided the preparation of this TA.
Result from the tripartite country portfolio review meetings in March and September 2011 identified need for further improvement in several areas to strengthen result focus, risk management and aid effectiveness. Further, continuous capacity development was identified as necessary to achieve enhanced operational effectiveness. In reviewing ongoing projects, a cause identified for governance issues and operational delays was the lack of adequate information and understanding of ADB policies and procedures, weak internal capacity and internal control mechanisms in the areas of audits, financial management, consultant recruitment, procurement, monitoring and evaluation, and crosscutting thematic areas.
The subject TA builds on the successful implementation of the Knowledge Management for Enhanced Operational Effectiveness Project, which was completed on 31 October 2011. This TA has contributed to enhanced operational effectiveness of ADB's Bangladesh portfolio by providing training and capacity building of 1400 government staff during 40 events in the fields of governance (audit, financial management, project management, procurement, recruitment and cross-learning with India in the fields of audit and portfolio management) and crosscutting issues (climate change, emergency assistance, environmental and social safeguards, and gender). The TA also supported development of knowledge products on climate change and environment.
Based on the aforementioned, a continued need was identified to address the key constraints to improved governance and portfolio performance, which are (i) limited governance capacity and internal control mechanisms in the areas of internal financial and procurement audits, financial management, project approval processing and consultant recruitment and procurement oversight; (ii) weak implementation capacity related to general project management, project administration, financial management and accounting, audit, procurement and recruitment, public-private partnership, and ADB safeguard and gender requirements; and (iii) lack of knowledge about ADB policies and guidelines on the foregoing, and feedback of experience from implemented projects and TAs. This continued support needs to be better integrated with the oversight ADB missions and OAI exercises, so that identified issues feed into the capacity development process, and be related to the corresponding government regulation and policies for better understanding of communalities and differences. Finally, the government has asked for a more predictable training support from ADB.
|Impact||Enhanced operational effectiveness of ADB's Bangladesh portfolio|
|Description of Outcome||Timely implementation of projects in full compliance with ADB guidelines|
|Progress Toward Outcome||Bangladesh Resident Mission (BRM) is implementing a set of knowledge management activities to support the strategic development focus of the Government of Bangladesh and ADB for sustainable and inclusive growth through knowledge management, aimed at enhanced operational effectiveness.|
|Description of Project Outputs||Capacity development initiatives effectively implemented|
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||Progress of the TA implementation is good. The capacity building programs are being imlemented to give executing agency and ministry staff full and detailed understanding of ADB guidelines and ADB requirements on safeguards, governance, financial and procurement audits, financial management, consultant recruitment and procurement.|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||NA|
|During Project Implementation||NA|
National short-term individual consultants and international resource persons will be recruited to provide specialized inputs for capacity development. The consultants and resource persons need to have substantial experience from development of training material and delivery of training required sector/cross cutting theme experience. Their involvement will be endorsed by the country director of the Bangladesh Resident Mission (BRM). The short-term consultants and resource persons engaged under the technical assistance will be recruited by the Asian Development Bank in accordance with its Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time). They will be hired on a needs basis, depending on operational requirements. The detailed terms of reference (TOR) will be prepared for the services and may include the following:
(i) Prepare training material/knowledge product
(ii) Provide input to BRM training plan
(iii) Support BRM mission leader in arranging training
(iv) Deliver training government staff/present knowledge product
(v) Compile training material/knowledge product considering comments
(vi) Submit report on training/services delivered
|Responsible ADB Officer||Ekelund, Stefan|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Bangladesh Resident Mission|
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines Department of Environment
Ministry of Environment & Forest
House #2,Road #16(New) (Old:H#380,Rd#27)
Dhanmondi Res.Area,Dhaka-1209,Bangladesh Ministry of Finance
Economic Relations Division (ERD), MOF
Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, Dhaka_1207
|Fact Finding||15 Sep 2011 to 16 Oct 2011|
|Approval||24 Nov 2011|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||27 Nov 2012|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|24 Nov 2011||-||24 Nov 2011||30 Nov 2012||31 Jul 2013||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|200,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||200,000.00||24 Nov 2011||132,458.91|
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