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Strengthening Higher Education Project :  Lao People's Dem Rep

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Grant Name Strengthening Higher Education Project
Country Lao People's Dem Rep
Grant Number 0166
Project Number 42134- 02
Source of Funding/Amount[Approved]
Asian Development Fund US$24.80  million
Thematic Classification Social Development
Economic growth
Gender Equity
Capacity Development
Sector/Subsector Education / Tertiary and Higher Education
Geographical Location National University of Laos (Vientiane); Champasak University (Pakse); and Souphanouvong University (Luang Prabang)
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  Environment B
  Resettlement C
  Indigenous People B
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The Project has been classified as Category B (non-sensitive). An initial environmental examination for the Project was carried out and showed no significant adverse environmental impact.
Involuntary Resettlement No involuntary resettlement involved at NUOL and Souphanouvong University. Development of the CU campus and facilities takes place within CU's existing site of 66 hectares in which there are no households to be relocated and no households using agricultural land.
Indigenous People The Project will most likely have positive impacts on equitable access to tertiary education by ethnic groups, especially ethnic females. This will be achieved by more effectively targeting ethnic students; and increasing opportunities for ethnic groups to work as faculty members and university staff.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation
During Project Design The design of the Project has resulted from extensive discussion with stakeholders through various workshops. Higher Education Master Plan 2010-2020 is participatory developed. Numerous discussions have been held at central and provincial levels with officers, university presidents and administrators, instructors, students and parents, to assist to identify needs and possible solutions. Tracer study of graduates and employer survey were conducted better understand the employers expectation and labor market demand,
Multiple meetings with development partners have been held to ensure consensus around key issues and future actions.
During Project Implementation The Project will be implemented with close consultations with the central and local stakeholders. Universities are the principal owner and beneficiaries of the Project and will be fully involved in decisions related to the project implementation. The participation of other local stakeholders including the provincial governments, private sector and local industries, communities, and households in the project activities is essential for effective implementation of the Project. Department of Higher Education with the Project team share and consult with the key development partners and 4 public universities relating higher education strategy, policies, and assessment .
Responsible ADB Officer Khamtanh Chanthy
Norman LaRocque
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division
Concept Clearance 11 Jun 2009
Fact-finding 11 Jun 2009 to 19 Jun 2009
Appraisal 23 Jul 2009 to 29 Jul 2009
Board Approval 05 Oct 2009
Grant No. Approval Signing Effectivity Original Revised Actual

Financing Plan Top Grant Utilization
  TOTAL ( Amount in US$ million)
Project Cost 24.80
ADB 24.80
Counterpart 0.00
Cofinancing 0.00
Date ADB OTHERS Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
25 Aug 2015 22.415 90%
Cumulative Disbursements
25 Aug 2015 21.576 87%
Top Status of Covenants
Category Sector Social Financial Economic Others Safe
Rating Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory
2008 Asian Development Bank

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