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Pakistan: Supporting Development of Additional Financing for Social Protection Development Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 45233-005 Status: Active

The knowledge and support TA will primarily help with the setting up of the proposed Policy and Research Unit (PRU), inline with the envisaged institutional strengthening of the Benazir Income Support Program (BISP). This KSTA is expected to help operationalize the concept of the PRU and assist in key factors such as staffing model, contract design, terms of reference, recruitment process, reporting lines, performance evaluations mechanisms, monitoring and evaluation plan, and budgeting. Subsequently, this KSTA will ensure BISP-additional financing's project readiness and minimize possible start-up delays in its implementation.

Project Details

Project Officer
Omer Zia Central and West Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Pakistan
Sector
  • Public sector management
 
Project Name Supporting Development of Additional Financing for Social Protection Development Project
Project Number 45233-005
Country Pakistan
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9788-PAK: Supporting Development of Additional Financing for Social Protection Development Project
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 225,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector

Information and communication technology / ICT strategy and policy, and capacity development

Public sector management / Public expenditure and fiscal management - Social protection initiatives

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Description The knowledge and support TA will primarily help with the setting up of the proposed Policy and Research Unit (PRU), inline with the envisaged institutional strengthening of the Benazir Income Support Program (BISP). This KSTA is expected to help operationalize the concept of the PRU and assist in key factors such as staffing model, contract design, terms of reference, recruitment process, reporting lines, performance evaluations mechanisms, monitoring and evaluation plan, and budgeting. Subsequently, this KSTA will ensure BISP-additional financing's project readiness and minimize possible start-up delays in its implementation.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) was launched in 2008 as the country's primary social protection program and is one of the largest social protection programs in South Asia. The program has three primary objectives: a) enhance financial capacity of the poor and their dependents, b) formulate and implement comprehensive policies and targeted programs for the poor and vulnerable, and c) reduce poverty and promote equitable distribution of wealth, especially for low income groups. The program was supervised by the Ministry of Finance at inception and is now under the administrative domain of the newly set up Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Division. A new Government, formed in August 2018, has made it a priority to retain and expand BISP as the primary social safety net tool for the ultra-poor in Pakistan (Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), _First 100 Days Agenda_, 2018). The Prime Minister has announced the Ehsaas Policy with key areas for Kifalat (which includes programs for graduation of BISP beneficiaries) and Tahafuz (which focuses on providing a precision safety net for the poor).

BISP's primary operation is the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) modality which is paid exclusively to eligible women and, as of January 2019, it has disbursed PRs563.57 billion to over 5.6 million beneficiary families (17% of the population).

The Government of Pakistan has made it a priority to retain and expand BISP as the priority social safety net tool for the ultra-poor in Pakistan. It has requested ADB to finance a new investment in social protection and poverty reduction that will build on SPDP and assist BISP in expanding into new modalities, like CCTs, that will help target intergenerational poverty and lead to decreased gender inequality. Support for this renewed investment is included in the country operations business plan (COBP) 2019-2021 for Pakistan. In the interim, the government has requested Additional Financing as a transition between this first phase and second phase of BISP. The Additional Financing will assist BISP in continuing to disburse UCTs essential given the bleak economic context - but will also help with improvement in institutional capacity, and in establishing a Policy Research Unit that will help develop and pilot new interventions and poverty reduction modalities that can be piloted and prepared for national scale up before the next SPDP investment.

Impact Reduced income poverty and non-income poverty for poor families in Pakistan (2007 National Social Protection Strategy)
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Institutional knowledge and capacity for effective social protection and poverty reduction improved.
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Stretegic Business Plan for BISP prepared

PRU operational plan fully developed

Priority actions and plan for strengthening fiduciary systems and EFC framework developed

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Nation-wide
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

Policy and Research Specialist - Team Lead (International Consultant)

Policy and Research Specialist - National

Responsible ADB Officer Omer Zia
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Public Management, Financial Sector and Trade Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding 02 Aug 2019 to 02 Aug 2019
MRM -
Approval 13 Aug 2019
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 20 Aug 2019

TA 9788-PAK

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
13 Aug 2019 - 13 Aug 2019 31 Aug 2020 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
225,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 225,000.00 13 Aug 2019 0.00

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