Pakistan: Social Protection Development Project

Sovereign Project | 45233-001 Status: Active


ADB is supporting the expansion of Pakistan’s cash transfer program, which provides financial assistance to vulnerable households. The project will help broaden the coverage of the Benazir Income Support Program to an additional 2.4 million eligible families. It will also expand and improve a pilot health insurance scheme and skills development program.

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Project Name Social Protection Development Project
Project Number 45233-001
Country Pakistan
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 3049-PAK: Social Protection Development Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 430.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Education - Technical and vocational education and training

Health - Health insurance and subsidized health programs

Public sector management - Social protection initiatives

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

1. New registrations under 2009-10 survey will stop in June 2016, when phase 1 of the resurvey will be launched. BISP and ADB agreed on revised amount of cash transfer payment and frequency of payments in response to the new reality

2-3. On 3 November 2015, the BISP Board decided to discontinue the BISP health insurance program and skills development program. BISP and ADB agreed to develop an alternative program design for ultra poor BISP beneficiaries for BISP Board consideration.

4. The project is supporting BISP in the strengthening of financial management and internal audit

Geographical Location 7 million eligible BISP beneficiaries, spread across the different provinces and districts, were idenfiied based on the cut-off score of a poverty scorecard survey

Safeguard Categories

Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects The program involves no infrastructure development activity nor has any secondary impacts on the environment.
Involuntary Resettlement Since the project will not support any physical intervention, no land acquisition will be required.
Indigenous Peoples The BISP is an inclusive program that does not discriminate based on indigenous status. The program beneficiaries are selected based on the results of a poverty scorecard survey using proxy means testing. No questions are included on religion, language, or ethnicity, to ensure participation and inclusion of all poor irrespective of tribe, subtribe, or minority status.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The main discussions during fact finding were with BISP as executing agency, and its contracted implementing partners. Other discussions were held with Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Planning, provincial governments involved in education, health, labor and welfare, poor women as beneficiaries of the BISP, industry associations (on the vocational training part), rural support programs (on outreach to the poor) and other development partners.
During Project Implementation BISP has established a well-functioning grievance redressal mechanism at the sub-district (tehsil) level, which is used well by the poor. Civil society representatives, especially NGOs, will be involved in the community-based skills training component. Implementation also makes use of a strong community mobilization methodology.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services The inputs of 18 consulting firms and 9 individual consultants, for a total of 637 person months (97 international, 540 national) are required to assist in the design and implementation, and for the monitoring and evaluation of the project activities. Consulting firms will be engaged using the quality- and cost-based selection (QCBS) method with a standard quality-cost ratio of 80:20.

IT Equipment for PMU: estimated cumulative value of $25,000 with multiple contracts, under shopping procurement method

Office Administration: estimated cumulative value of $50,000 with multiple contracts, under shopping procurement method

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Michiel Van der Auwera
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Public Management, Financial Sector and Trade Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Benazir Income Support Program
F- Block, Pak Secretariat


Concept Clearance 28 Feb 2013
Fact Finding 11 Jun 2013 to 24 Jun 2013
MRM 16 Jul 2013
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 30 Mar 2016

Loan 3049-PAK

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
22 Oct 2013 25 Nov 2013 24 Jun 2014 30 Jun 2019 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 578.30 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 430.00 22 Oct 2013 78.44 0.00 20%
Counterpart 148.30 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 22 Oct 2013 123.09 0.00 31%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory - - Satisfactory - Satisfactory
Title Document Type Document Date
Amendment to the Loan Agreement for 3049-PAK: Social Protection Development Project Loan Agreement (Special Operations) Sep 2014
Amendment to the Project Agreement for 3049-PAK: Social Protection Development Project Project/Program Agreement Sep 2014
Social Protection Development Project: Project Data Sheet (Urdu Translation) Translated PDS Apr 2014
Loan Agreement (Special Operations) for Social Protection Development Project Loan Agreement (Special Operations) Nov 2013
Project Agreement for Social Protection Development Project Project/Program Agreement Nov 2013
Social Protection Development Project Reports and Recommendations of the President Sep 2013
Social Protection Development Project Project/Program Administration Manual Sep 2013
Social Protection Development Project Gender Action Plans Sep 2013
Social Protection Development Project Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Mar 2013

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