The TA will (i) undertake education sector assessments; (ii) prepare cross-cutting regional knowledge products and working papers; (iii) prepare roadmaps and specific focus notes for change based on country demand, and (iv) develop capacity building programs.
|Project Name||Education and Skills for Employment in Central and West Asia|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Education / Secondary - Technical and vocational education and training
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Some gender elements|
|Description||The TA will (i) undertake education sector assessments; (ii) prepare cross-cutting regional knowledge products and working papers; (iii) prepare roadmaps and specific focus notes for change based on country demand, and (iv) develop capacity building programs.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
In the past 20 years, developing member countries (DMCs) served by Asian Development Bank's (ADB) Central and West Asia Regional Department (CWRD) have undertaken a range of economic and social reforms to support transition of their economies. Despite the achievements, CWRD countries face challenges to boosting their global and regional competitiveness. A 2011 report from the Organization of Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) showed that less underdeveloped education and training systems represent one of the three major challenges to improving competitiveness of these economies. While the existing human capital base in most CWRD countries has a number of strengths, such as high literacy rates and high primary enrolment rates, challenges remain. There are , including skills gaps, reliance on imported labor in some countries while there is majorand significant outmigration for work in other countries, unemployment, and underdeveloped research and innovation capacity, leading to making these DMCs less competitive economies. Significant improvement is required in the education and skill levels of the workforce in the CWRD countries to further their development levels. A number of the CWRD countries are at at or are approaching middle-income levels. If these countries are to maintain their growth rates, they need to transform into knowledge-based economies.
In the past, ADB has supported education sector development in selected developing member countries (DMCs) in Central and West Asia. Responding to expressed country and regional needs and to Strategy 2020 midterm review initial findings, and there is a need to continue and expandit is important to take a more ADB's strategic approach to CWRD involvement in the education sector in CWRD countries. The proposed regional technical assistance (TA) grant of $1.0 million has been designed to respond to the human capital needs in CWRD countries and to support ADB's policy dialogue in the education sector in this subregion. The TA will incorporate lessons learned in improving education and training systems and develop a better understanding of constraints and opportunities in these countries' CWRD DMC education sector development of CWRD countries. TA closing date has been extended to August 2017.
|Impact||Improved education and skills training systems aligned to employment requirements in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Uzbekistan|
|Description of Outcome||Increased knowledge and capacity of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Uzbekistan to adopt appropriate policies and investments in education and skills development|
|Progress Toward Outcome||In line with teh TA design, studies and capacity development events had been implemented to produce the outputs toward outcomes .|
|Description of Project Outputs||
Thematic analytical studies and knowledge products completed
Capacity-building programs developed and delivered to education policy makers
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||Two regional forums had been completed, one in Baku held in May 2014 and in Kyrgyz Republic in July 2017. The latest publication developed " Innovations in Knowledge and Learning " was published in Dec 2017.|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||The TA was designed in close cooperation with CWRD countries and resident missions.|
|During Project Implementation||During TA implementation, extensive consultations with the participating countries, experts, and resident missions had been carried out.|
|Consulting Services||Eighteen individual consultants and 1 firm to organize the forum in Baku had been recruited.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Sarvi, Jouko|
|Responsible ADB Department||Central and West Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||CWSS|
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
|Concept Clearance||16 May 2014|
|Approval||03 Dec 2014|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||09 Mar 2018|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|03 Dec 2014||-||03 Dec 2014||28 Feb 2017||28 Feb 2018||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|0.00||1,000,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||1,000,000.00||03 Dec 2014||849,474.73|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Education and Skills for Employment in Central and West Asia: Technical Assistance Completion Report||TA Completion Reports||Aug 2018|
|Education and Skills for Employment in Central and West Asia: Technical Assistance Report||Technical Assistance Reports||Dec 2014|
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