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Implementation Completion Report (ICR) Review - Polytechnic Development Project

1. Project Data:   
ES Date Posted:
Project Name:
Polytechnic Development Project
Project Costs(US $M)
 185  125.25
Loan/Credit (US $M)
 107  75.72
Sector, Major Sect.:
Tertiary Education,
Cofinancing (US $M)
 0  0
L/C Number:
Board Approval (FY)
Partners involved
Closing Date
12/31/1999 12/31/1999
Prepared by: Reviewed by: Group Manager: Group:  
Linda Ankrah Dove
C. Gerrard Ridley Nelson OEDST

2. Project Objectives and Components:

a. Objectives
Improve polytechnic system through decentralization; expand training capacity; increase efficiency; and improve quality and availability of staff.

  1. Strengthen implementation and management capacity of two Ministry of Education divisions (currently titled Development, Privatization and Supply Division, and Technical Education Department) .
  2. Strengthen capacity of Ministry of Human Resources (MOHR) to operate and maintain the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF).
  3. Strengthen planning and research capacity of the National Vocational Training Council (NVTC).

b. Components
Through provision of civil works and equipment: capacity expansion for three polytechnics.

  • Through technical assistance (TA), training and fellowships: policy reform; institutional strengthening; staff development; curriculum development; studies; establishment of Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) and National Vocational Training Council (NVTC) .

c. Comments on Project Cost, Financing and Dates
Only 71% of loan was disbursed because of devaluation, and only 75% of counterpart funds because of 1998 budget cuts which reduced equipment procurement.

3. Achievement of Relevant Objectives:

Exceeded quantitative targets with three new polytechnics built providing more than 13,000 additional full-time and 500 part-time places.
  • Support structures established for more decentralized training system with a 25% increase in employer-sponsored training, cost-sharing, some cost-recovery through student fees; and a career guidance system intended to reduce dropout.
  • Curriculum specifications and career guidance system introduced.
  • About 1,000 staff trained locally and overseas. Training program continues with local funds.
  • Three high quality studies incorporated in MOE polytechnic action plan.
  • HRDF and NTVC established.

  • 4. Significant Outcomes/Impacts:

    Introduction of a market-oriented training system.
  • Establishment of new approach to staff development institutionalized when local training proved successful and more cost-efficient than overseas training.

  • 5. Significant Shortcomings (include non-compliance with safeguard features):

    Curriculum development not completed though significant TA was to be provided.
    6. Ratings:ICROED ReviewReason for Disagreement/Comments
    Institutional Dev.:
    Bank Performance:
    Borrower Perf.:
    Quality of ICR:

    7. Lessons of Broad Applicablity:

    ICR: A Performance Management Framework is critical to provide early and continuous assessment of both outcomes and impact on all stakeholders. This should include evaluations to measure the effect of investments in capacity building, improved training facilities, better trained staff, and the cost effectiveness of public sector training.

    8. Audit Recommended?  Yes

              Why?  To identify factors leading to significant institutional developments in public-private training system.

    9. Comments on Quality of ICR:

    The ICR provides adequate evidence to support the ratings given. The borrower's review is candid about cost escalation factors for civil works and the inconsistency of Bank advice on project implementation rules and procedures during supervision.

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