Support to Quality Enhancement in Primary Education (ADB-50192-003)

  • Bangladesh
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Financial Institutions
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
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Project Status
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Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Dec 4, 2019
Date when project documentation and funding is reviewed by the Board for consideration and approval. Some development banks will state a "board date" or "decision date." When funding approval is obtained, the legal documents are accepted and signed, the implementation phase begins.
Government of Bangladesh
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  • Education and Health
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 1.20 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ ADB website

Updated in EWS Mar 13, 2020

Disclosed by Bank Dec 5, 2019

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Project Description
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According to bank website, "The Supporting Fourth Primary Education Development Program will support Bangladesh' primary education system covering all children from pre-primary to grade 5 nationwide. The program builds on the achievements of previous programs with a stronger focus on strengthening quality of education and enhancing institutional management. The program aligns with the Seventh Five-Year Plan, 2016 2020, and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) country partnership strategy for Bangladesh, 2016- 2020, which indicates ADB's continued support to primary education and highlights the priority on quality enhancement. The impact of the program is strengthened human capital formation. The outcome will be improved quality and equity of primary education.

The program has three outputs: (i) quality of primary education improved; (ii) access and participation to primary education enhanced; and (iii) governance and management of primary education system improved. The total cost for the program is $14.6 billion, with $500 million financed by a concessional loan from ADB. Implementation of the project started in November 2018. The proposed transaction technical assistance (TA) for $1.2 million, to be financed by the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction, will support implementation of the project. The project and TA align with ADB's Strategy 2030, which calls for improving education."

Investment Description
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Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (Full ADB Administration) US$ 1.2 million

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Responsible ADB Officer Li, Zhigang
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Human and Social Development Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Primary and Mass Education
Mirpur-2, Dhaka, Bangladesh


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