Strengthening Poverty Reduction Strategy Monitoring
What is the Project About
Pakistan adopted the process of developing the Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSP) in 2000 by setting up a PRSP Secretariat in the Finance Division. An Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper in 2001 was followed by Pakistan's first PRSP, which was implemented from 2004 to 2006. PRSP-II, the latest strategy paper, was implementedfrom 2008 till 2010. The two papers aim at achieving rapid, broad-based economic growth while maintaining macroeconomic stability; improving governance, investing in human capital, improving public service delivery and targeting the poor with a focus on reducing inequalities. Drawing upon the recommendations of a technical experts group in 2006 to assess the institutional capacity of the Ministry of Finance to perform its mandate for PRS monitoring, an institutional framework was developed with the objective to institutionalize a system for monitoring poverty at the federal and provincial levels, with the capacity for address data gaps and support inter-institution coordination for strengthened PRSP monitoring. UNDP along with the Ministry of Finance launched the Strengthening Poverty Reduction Strategy Monitoring Project (SPRSMP) in 2008 which is housed in the Finance Division at Federal level with its provincial offices in the Planning & Development Departments at Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.
The Project aims at strengthening institutional capacities of public officials for (i) results-based monitoring and evaluation of PRS at federal and provincial levels, (ii) gender responsive planning and budgeting, (iii) Improving propoor public resource allocation and spending, (iv) improving contribution of public officials in informed decision making at policy level to make policies more gender responsive and (v) improving the tracking system for pro poor expenditure to enhance gender responsive resource allocation and planning processes.
What Have We Accomplished So Far
The project remained engaged with provision of high level policy support to the Ministry of Finance for policy development and implementation of propoor strategies. This support was delivered through assessments of policies and programs in sectors highly relevant to women's empowerment;
Research studies included the poverty & social impact analysis of socio-economic programs, gender awareness policy appraisals in education, health and agriculture sector, tracking trends of pro-poor expenditures, and assessing (districtwise) the poverty situation of Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab through composite indicators;
Provincial budgets were analyzed with a gender lens and a range of recommendations were made for the provincial governments to revisit the resource pool in a gender sensitive manner;
During the budget making process for the year 2012-13, the recommendations were shared with the relevant departments for adoption. The federal unit provided instrumental support with the development of PRSP-II, and the development of PRSP progress reports;
Three provinces were supported with the development and launch of provincial Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) reports, which provide status on the progress made against each MDG target. This is a remarkable success in terms of data availability and MDG tracking;
Officials from 18 ministries and departments were trained on gender responsive planning and budgeting using results based management tools;
Gender sensitive budget making process was supported through training of officials representing 15 ministries and departments who incorporated gender sensitive amendments in the results framework of the Green Book;
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province office trained 80 officials on gender responsive budgeting, 70 officials on monitoring and evaluation techniques and 20 officials on data analysis. 100 officials from district government department were trained on 'Development Information Software';
729 officials in the Punjab Government were trained on gender responsive planning and budgeting. Launch of three MDG reports by the provincial governments is proof of increased data tracking and management capacities at all tiers, as these reports are based on extensive data generated at district level;
Provincial MDG reports and analytical reports on pro-poor allocation and expenditure have contributed towards initiation of Balochistan comprehensive development strategy to provide the Government of Balochistan with a long-term comprehensive package for people centered
Who Finances it?
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation; Ministry of Finance Government of Pakistan
Delivery in Previous Year
Delivery in 2012 was USD $1,474,000.