Bangladesh articulates its vision to achieve middle income status by 2021 in the National Perspective Plan. Development of human capital has become an urgent task for the government to further accelerate economic growth and poverty reduction. The government currently implements its own sector programs through the Secondary Education Sector Investment Program (SESIP) and Skills for Employment Investment Program (SEIP). With the vision to develop a sound education and skills sector system in the middle income country by 2021, the government uses the national system of financial management and procurement procedures both under SESIP and SEIP. These government's sector investment programs are also supported by the development partners, including Asian Development Bank (ADB).
|Project Name||Capacity Building of Management in Education and Skills Programs|
|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||
Education / Education sector development
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||No gender elements|
|Description||Bangladesh articulates its vision to achieve middle income status by 2021 in the National Perspective Plan. Development of human capital has become an urgent task for the government to further accelerate economic growth and poverty reduction. The government currently implements its own sector programs through the Secondary Education Sector Investment Program (SESIP) and Skills for Employment Investment Program (SEIP). With the vision to develop a sound education and skills sector system in the middle income country by 2021, the government uses the national system of financial management and procurement procedures both under SESIP and SEIP. These government's sector investment programs are also supported by the development partners, including Asian Development Bank (ADB).|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||The following are the identified challenges in procurement and financial management (PFM): (i) weak budget-preparation capacity and the separation of development and non-development budgets, (ii) large off-budget fiscal activities, (iii) little effort to mobilize revenues, (iv) limited performance reporting, (v) weak capacity in internal audit, (vi) government accounting and auditing not entirely meeting international standards, and (vii) Inconsistently applied rules and the lack of standards in procurement practices (e.g. post procurement review is set in the government regulations but not conducted regularly). There are urgent needs of capacity development in each area.|
|Impact||More efficient and market-relevant secondary education and skills development systems (Secondary Education Road Map and Skills Sector Road Map)|
|Description of Outcome||Capacity in fiduciary management in PFM and monitoring and evaluation of secondary education and skills subsectors improved|
|Progress Toward Outcome||The fiduciary management capacity of both Directorate Of Secondary and Higher Education and Skills Development Coordination and Management Unit have been strengthened through fiduciary reviews to identify key areas of needs for capacity development and through workshops for knowledge sharing, policy reviews, and planning for institutional capacity development in PFM.|
|Description of Project Outputs||
Fiduciary risk management improved
M&E, including results-based reporting, improved
Policy dialogue on system capacity development in PFM enhanced
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||Consulting firms for the annual fiduciary review (AFR) and post procurement review of SEIP, and the AFR of SESIP, as well as the individual consultants to support SESIP have been efficiently supporting the implementation of the projects. An interim team leader was recruited to support SESIP.|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||This TA is built on the on-going TA8523. The stakeholders are the same. During the implementation of on-going TA stakeholders, officials in procurement, financial management, and monitoring and evaluation at central and local levels were consulted and actively participated in development of the design of the proposed TA.|
|During Project Implementation||Stakeholders and officials in procurement, financial management, and monitoring and evaluation at central and local levels has benefited from capacity building opportunities in the relevant areas. Feedback mechanism from the capacity building opportunities has been established.|
|Consulting Services||Additional individual consulting inputs and a consulting firm will be engaged to continue supporting the areas of fiduciary management, procurement, and M&E for the secondary education and skills subsectors.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Li, Zhigang|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Human and Social Development Division, SARD|
Ministry of Education
Shikkha Bhaban, 16 Abdul Ghani Road
Bangladesh Ministry of Finance
|Concept Clearance||15 Jul 2015|
|Fact Finding||14 May 2015 to 21 May 2015|
|Approval||18 Sep 2015|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||19 Aug 2019|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|18 Sep 2015||28 Jan 2016||28 Jan 2016||30 Sep 2017||30 Jun 2020||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|300,000.00||1,500,000.00||75,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||1,875,000.00||18 Sep 2015||1,630,971.01|
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|Capacity Building of Management in Education and Skills Programs: Technical Assistance Report||Technical Assistance Reports||Sep 2015|
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|Capacity Development||Technical Assistance 8956||03 Aug 2017||HODA VASI CHOWDHURY & CO(BANGLADESH) in association with Price Waterhouse Chartered Accountants LLP(INDIA)||BTMC BHABAN 8TH LEVEL 7-9 KARWAN BAZAR DHAKA 1215, BANGLADESH||Ministry of Education||191,664.00||—|
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