Nepal: Strengthening Public Management Program
In September 2012, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved the policy-based Strengthening Public Management Program (SPMP) with a grant of $25.0 million to be disbursed in two tranches,1 and a technical assistance (TA) grant of $3.0 million, subsequently bolstered by additional financing to $6.6 million.2 The program aimed to improve the effectiveness of public goods and services delivery in Nepal as demonstrated by increased access to basic health care services and improved adult literacy rates by 2015. The program was to enhance efficiency, transparency, and integrity of public finances at the national and subnational levels. A policy-based grant, combined with a TA grant, was deemed to have the best chance of addressing the severe shortcomings in local government, of influencing government policies, and providing capacity development.
This report validates the completion report's assessment of the program. IED overall assessment: Successful.