Pakistan: North-West Frontier Province Urban Development Sector Project

Evaluation Document | 27 September 2013

Validates the completion report's assessment of the project, which aimed to support the government's devolution policy in urban centers in the North-West Frontier Province in Pakistan. IED overall assessment: Unsuccessful

Urban centers in the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) in Pakistan were experiencing rapid growth and rising demand for improved urban services. The prevailing deficiencies in basic infrastructure were inhibiting human development and economic growth and severely constraining the potential for urban areas to play a more significant role in the economic growth of the province. The government's proposed devolution policy was placing new demands on local governments to improve their financial and institutional capacity and human resource management.

Hence, the NWFP Urban Development Sector Project (the project) sought to improve urban infrastructure in up to 24 urban centers within the NWFP. These urban centers had major deficiencies in infrastructure and delivery of services in subsectors given high priority by the provincial government under its Provincial Spatial Development Framework and Strategy. The sector needed investment program. The project also aimed to strengthen the capacity of local governments to provide, operate, and maintain essential urban services in line with the government's devolution program.

This report validates the completion report's assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Unsuccessful