The Asian Development Bank (ADB)’s Office of Anticorruption and Integrity (OAI) conducted a project procurement-related review (PPRR) for all its ongoing ADB-financed projects to determine the project’s compliance with applicable ADB policies, guidelines, and loan/grant agreements. The review focused on preventing and detecting fraud, corruption, or abuse as defined under ADB’s Anticorruption Policy.
ADB engaged the services of AIT Consulting, a center at the Asian Institute of Technology devoted to enhance the application of science and technology towards development of the Asian region, to conduct asset inspections of some ADB-financed projects in Sri Lanka and Mongolia. The goals include a series of comprehensive inspections for educational facilities in Sri Lanka and identifying indicators (red flags) of fraud and corruption in one of Mongolia’s regional road development projects.
In Sri Lanka, five educational facilities that are part of the ADB-financed project “Education for Knowledge Society Project” (EKSP) were inspected. EKSP aims to improve the quality, relevance, management, effectiveness and equity of access to secondary and tertiary education and training programs in rural and disadvantaged areas of Sri Lanka.
Data was collected from numerous meetings and discussions with the Project Management Office (PMO), ADB and Project Engineers, and through site visits for Spot Review to verify available existing data on assets, collect additional data, and to conduct inspection of civil works and goods.