Bangladesh secures funds for infrastructure, education

Street children in a classroom in Bangladesh. The Asian Development Bank signed an agreement with Bangladesh for the development of the country's secondary education system. Photo by: Melanie Ko / CC BY

A group of major donors are contributing up to $118.8 million to help upgrade infrastructure facilities in 12 climate change-vulnerable districts along Bangladesh’s southwestern coast.

The Coastal Climate Resilient Infrastructure project is a six-year initiative that will support the rehabilitation of roads, bridges, culverts, markets, cyclone shelters and animal shelters in the coastal villages of Bagerhat, Barguna, Barisal, Bhola, Gopalganj, Jhalokati, Khulna, Madaripur, Patuakhali, Perojpur, Satkhira and Shariatpur.

The project will also involve efforts to help local authorities understand the effects of climate change on roads and other infrastructure facilities.

The project’s executive agency will be the Local Government Engineering Department of Bangladesh’s Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives. The executing agency will be in charge of engaging and managing consulting and contracting services based on ADB guidelines. There are no procurement notices or related business opportunities available yet for the project.

Donors contributing to the project include the Asian Development Bank, which will provide a $20 million loan to be drawn from the Asian Development Fund. The International Fund for Agriculture and Development is providing some $60 million, German’s KfW pledged $8.8 million and the ADB-administered Strategic Climate Fund is set to provide some $30 million. The government of Bangladesh will contribute $31 million.

ADB and Bangladesh, meanwhile, signed Oct. 2 a separate financing agreement for the development of the country’s secondary education system.

Under the agreement, ADB will lend $70 million for the Second Teaching Quality Improvement in Secondary Education Project to be executed by Bangladesh’s Ministry of Education. The government will provide co-financing worth $15 million for the project, which is due to run from 2012 to 2017. Procurement notices for the project are also not yet available.

Planned activities under this project include training for secondary school teachers and related initiatives to enhance the learning environment and boost student performances in the areas of science, mathematics and the English language.

Support for Bangladesh’s secondary education sector and the country’s efforts to improve resilience against climate change effects are among the priorities ADB identified in its 2011 to 2015 strategy for Bangladesh.

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