Afghanistan: Fiscal Management & Public Administration Reform (formerly Public Service Delivery Reform Program)

Sovereign Project | 38122-013

Summary

The program's objective is to develop systems and procedures supported by increased capacity to improve budget programming, strengthen resource mobilization, develop the civil service, and enhance monitoring capabilities of public finances.

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Project Name Fiscal Management & Public Administration Reform (formerly Public Service Delivery Reform Program)
Project Number 38122-013
Country Afghanistan
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0030-AFG: Capacity Building for Institutional Development
Asian Development Fund US$ 7.00 million
Loan 2215-AFG: Fiscal Management & Public Administration Reform (formerly Public Service Delivery Reform Program)
Asian Development Fund US$ 48.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector Public sector management - Public administration - Public expenditure and fiscal management
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The program's objective is to develop systems and procedures supported by increased capacity to improve budget programming, strengthen resource mobilization, develop the civil service, and enhance monitoring capabilities of public finances.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Government has adopted the Interim Afghanistan National Development Strategy (I-ANDS). A major focus of the I-ANDS is to lay the foundations for sound institutions and effective policies that will support the implementation of a sustainable medium-term development framework. Along these lines, improving public governance is a key reform area. This involves instituting public administration, undertaking budget reforms, improving revenue collection, and strengthening public financial management.

The Program is in line with the Government s objectives in the I-ANDS and was listed in ADB s Country Strategy and Program Updates (2004-2006, 2006-2008). It supports ADB s country strategy by strengthening policy and institutional frameworks for fiscal management and public administration. Likewise, is helps in developing capacity in these areas. It also complements ADB s technical assistance on public administration reform (TA- 4244 AFG: Support for the Public Administration Reform Program).

Impact

Strengthen public finances through targeted assistance to improve budget programming,

resource mobilization, develop the civil service, and strengthen monitoring of public finances.

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Building blocks for improved public finances are in place and functioning as intended
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Enhanced budgeting framework

A more results-oriented public investment program

Enhanced resource mobilization

More effective and responsive civil service administration

More functional and development-oriented provincial administrations

Greater transparency and accountability of public finances

Strengthened treasury management

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

(i) Completed

(ii) Project appraisal templates have been developed and are being implemented in selected line ministries. A scoring/ranking and project selection system has been developed. The Budget Committee undertakes public investment selection and prioritization. Public investments to be undertaken are incorporated in the budget. MOF has also adopted a budget prioritization framework.

(iii) Completed. The Income Tax Law covers all national taxes, except for the Airport Tax

(iv) Completed under Tranche 1. Civil Servants Law (2008) amends portion of the Civil Service Law. IARCSC and MOF are developing an action plan to implement the Civil Servants Law. Phase 1 plan was prepared under Tranche 1. Phase 2 plan was not prepared due to change in policy direction. IARCSC and MOF are developing an action plan to implement the Civil Servants Law. Only payroll database is functional. HRMIS is operational in 9 ministries/agencies including MAIL. However, the HRMIS is not yet functional in MoPH.

(v) IARCSC has already approved PRR for the 34 moustufiats. A concept paper dated 1384/5/8 and entitled "Mechanism for the Creation of Provincial Development Committees (PDCs)" was prepared by the Ministry of Economy. The paper lists the duties of the PDCs and the first one is "identification of economic priorities and planning process of development programs". A Cabinet decree has been issued to clarify responsibilities between the Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) with respect to the monitoring of the PDC activities. Sector Working Groups have been established under the PDCs. MRRD through the National Area Based Development Program has started the process of district planning and of consolidation of the district plan into a provincial plan approved by the PDC. Budget Department suggested that discussions on this matter be undertaken with the new Independent Directorate for Local Governance (IDLG).

(vi) Completed. Treasury Department has adopted the AFMIS roll-out strategy plan/system study in 30 September 2006. The strategy includes the expansion of the AFMIS to include revenue, budgeting and HRMS.

(vii) Completed. Excel-based system in place. System is linked to AFMIS. A paper on T-bills has been prepared by the advisor of the Debt Management Unit on September 2007. The paper needs to be adopted by the Government as a policy paper.

Geographical Location Nationwide
Safeguard Categories
Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Consultations and discussions were conducted with the program key stakeholders.
During Project Implementation Key stakeholders were consulted throughout program implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services N.A.
Procurement The loan proceeds will be used to finance the full foreign exchange cost of items produced and procured in ADB member countries, excluding ineligible items, and imports financed by other bilateral and multilateral sources. In accordance with the provisions of ADB's Simplification of Disbursement Procedures and Related Requirements for Program Loans, the proceeds of the loan will be disbursed to the Government as the Borrower.
Responsible ADB Officer Joao Pedro Farinha Fernandes
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Public Management, Financial Sector and Trade Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of FinanceDr. M. Mustafa MastoorKabul, Afghanistan
Timetable
Concept Clearance 20 Feb 2005
Fact Finding 25 May 2005 to 07 Jun 2005
MRM 11 Jul 2005
Approval 14 Dec 2005
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 14 Dec 2006
Last PDS Update 26 Mar 2014

Grant 0030-AFG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
14 Dec 2005 29 Dec 2005 03 Apr 2006 30 Jun 2009 - 31 Dec 2010
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 7.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 7.00 14 Dec 2005 3.67 0.00 52%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 14 Dec 2005 3.67 0.00 52%

Loan 2215-AFG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
14 Dec 2005 29 Dec 2005 03 Apr 2006 31 Dec 2015 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 48.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 48.00 14 Dec 2005 49.30 0.00 98%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 14 Dec 2005 49.41 0.00 98%

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Title Document Type Document Date
Afghanistan: Fiscal Management and Public Administration Reform Program Validations of Project Completion Reports Dec 2013

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