Subregional Cooperation in Managing Education Reforms

Project Overview

Project Title Subregional Cooperation in Managing Education Reforms
Project Number 33025-012
Country Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan Tajikistan Uzbekistan
Overall Project Value(EUR) 500 001 - 1 000 000
Project Start – Project End October 20, 2000–December 31, 2003
Project Status Closed

Funding and Implementing Organizations

Origin of Funding Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Project Budget(EUR) 553,058
Implementing Organization / Consortium

- SEMA Group, Belgium
- CAIConsulting, Kyrgyzstan

Contact / Team Leader / Project Team

Responsible ADB Officer
Lan Wu
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Project Summary, Objectives and Results

Project Summary

Reforming education to enhance its relevance to new political and economic environments has been a priority of the Central Asian Republics (CARs) since they gained independence in 1991. ADB has been the main development partner supporting education reforms in the CARs, both in terms of volume of investment and policy advice. This technical assistance (TA) was formulated to facilitate the exchange of reform experiences between six developing member countries (DMCs) of the ADB – Azerbaijan, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan – while capitalizing on the comparative advantage of the ADB for fostering cooperation in the education sphere at the subregional level.

Project Objectives

Specific objectives of the technical assistance included:

(i) identifying best practices in planning and implementing education reforms in countries in transition,

(ii) promoting civil society participation in reform management,

(iii) facilitating high-level policy dialogue between national decision-makers and their external partners.

The technical assistance scope comprised:

(i) the preparation of country studies on education reform management in each participating DMC by selected national institutions,

(ii) two subregional technical workshops,

(iii) a national policy seminar in each DMC.

Education Sector HE, VET (IVET & CVET)
Components of the Education Process Education Management, Education Policy Advice & Development, Institutional strengthening & capacity building, Standards and curriculum development
Occupational Field Not applicable
Target Groups Politicians/decision-makers in economics, labour, employment & education policy, Decision-makers and managers in VET and HE institutions, Developers of standards, programs, curricula etc., Standardisation, Certification, Accreditation Bodies
Related Projects

Central Asian Education Platform (CAEP)

Central Asia Education Cooperation Network

Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies (DIES)


Activities included:

– the preparation of country case studies on education reform management in the six participating countries,

– two sub regional workshops to guide the Project research work,

– a national policy seminar in each of the six countries to discuss case study findings,

– a final policy conference on education reform management in the subregion,

– and publication and dissemination of the Project findings. 

Project Results

The technical assistance is rated as successful. Despite partly satisfactory performance of consultants and initial over-estimation of domestic analytic capacities, the technical assistance was eventually effective in:

(i) providing insight on constraints and opportunities in reforming education, thereby assisting in better focusing strategies for ADB and other donors’ support to education in the CARs,

(ii) disseminating best practices and experiences on particular sector reform areas,

(iii) giving an impetus, at the subregional level, for education cooperation.

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