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Bangladesh: Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise Development Project

The project was formulated to address the constraint of access to financing by making available a $76 million credit line to participating financial institutions for onlending to small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The project focused on SMEs located in nonmetropolitan areas and 15% of the total facility was earmarked for women entrepreneurs. The project also provided a key stimulus measure of enhanced access to finance for SMEs to grow and operate at full potential.

This report validates the completion report’s assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Successful.

Bangladesh: Second Primary Education Development Program

The Government of Bangladesh launched the Second Primary Education Development Program (PEDP II) in 2004 as a sequel to the PEDP I to expand access to quality primary education for all eligible children in Bangladesh. During the 1990s, Bangladesh had made significant progress in increasing initial enrollment and in achieving gender equality but there was no tangible improvement in the completion rates or in the quality of education. Thus, the emphasis of the PEDP II was access and quality.

This report validates the completion report’s assessment of the program. IED overall assessment: Successful.

Bangladesh: Road Network Improvement and Maintenance Project II

Roads have become important for regional cooperation. It is expected that Bangladesh will accommodate most intra-regional transit shipments in the region. These benefits have yet to be fully realized in view of the poor land port facilities in Banglabandh and the narrow and poorly maintained border access roads. As the government improves the land port facilities, cross-border traffic through Banglabandh is expected to grow and help spur economic benefits and initiatives for regional cooperation.

The project aimed to provide rural farmers with better access to markets and promote cross-border traffic, secure government resources and promote private sector participation in road maintenance and enhanced road safety. This report validates the completion report’s assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Less than successful.

Bangladesh: Teaching Quality Improvement in Secondary Education Project

To improve the quality of secondary education in Bangladesh, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) supported the Teaching Quality Improvement in Secondary Education Project. It sought to raise the quality of teaching across the sector by revitalizing the existing, underutilized network of teacher-training colleges and institutions. It aimed to improve the planning and management of teacher training through organizational development, human development, and capacity building. The project also supported training of female teachers and teachers from disadvantaged groups, including ethnic minorities, particularly those working in remote areas.

This report validates the completion report’s assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Successful.

Road Safety Improvement Programs: Technical Assistance Completion Report

Technical assistance completion reports describe for technical assistance projects the expected impact, outcome and outputs; conduct of activities; evaluation and achievement of the expected outcomes; an assessment and rating; major lessons; and recommendations and follow-up actions. This document dated September 2015 is provided for the ADB project 45019-001 in Bangladesh.