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The second meeting of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Balochistan Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) Steering Committee was held on 27 April 2011 at the Economic Affairs Division (EAD) offices, Islamabad. 

The Steering Committee is the oversight body for the MDTF, which is made up of members from the donor community and is co-chaired by the Government of Pakistan and the World Bank. The Steering Committee provides strategic guidance, advocacy support, and makes recommendations regarding the overall allocation of fund resources.The meeting was co-chaired by the Secretary EAD, Mr. Wajid Rana, and the World Bank Country Director for Pakistan, Mr. Rachid Benmessaoud. Participants included representatives of the KP and Balochistan Governments, the FATA Secretariat, MDTF donors and international development agencies who sit on the SC as observers.

 

The meeting featured presentations giving an update of progress since the last Steering Committee meeting held on 17 September 2010.  These were made by Mr. Robert Bou Jaoude on behalf of the World Bank, in its capacity as Administrator of the MDTF. KP and Balochistan Planning & Development Departments as well as the FATA Secretariat also made presentations about the progress on the PCNA implementation. The presentations were followed by a general discussion.

Donors lauded the steady progress being made at the provincial level and expressed their continued support to peacebuilding as well as governance activities, using the PCNA as the guiding framework for the provinces and FATA development plans. The donors expressed a desire to see MDTF focus its support more on governance, critical service delivery and capacity-building to further strengthen the eroded citizen-state relationship. Going forward, the MDTF is envisaged to become a framework for policy dialogue to support reforms; and there is a need to have the PCNA developed into a multi-year plan with defined results that the MDTF can support over the coming years.

The PC1 approval process was discussed at length and donors expressed their concerns for not having a defined process in place for MDTF that is responsive to the emergency nature of the MDTF-financed projects. Mr. Rana, the Secretary EAD, advised the gathering that discussions are taking place with the Planning Commission to resolve the backlog of pending approvals as well as apply emergency procedures for MDTF projects in the pipeline (similar to those applied for flood reconstruction). Mr. Rana will be following up to resolve the PC1 approval process and will advise the Committee within one month of the outcome of his deliberations.

Mr. Benmessaoud emphasized the need to move forward on the project approval process and implementation, so that results could be seen on the ground. He also endorsed calls for beneficiary feedback/input, and welcomed suggestions for third-party evaluation of results.  Mr. Benmessaoud stressed that this should not await project completion, but should be a parallel activity, so that the findings could feed into and improve implementation.
Mr. Benmessaoud said the Secretariat must engage to operationalize the Post-Crisis Needs Assessment (PCNA), and identify funding priorities for the next 1-2 years. He also stressed the need to build capacity for implementation, both in the Secretariat and the provinces. He called for engagement to develop an action plan for MDTF, predicting that the balance being sought between reform and infrastructure would emerge from this.  The Country Director’s final points were that donor coordination was essential, and a communications plan was needed to show the results being achieved on ground.  He endorsed the call for quarterly Steering Committee meetings and accepted, with gratitude, the invitation for the next one to be held in KP.

In his closing remarks, referring to the question on local governments, Mr. Rana suggested that in the next Steering Committee meeting, the provinces/FATA representatives could be asked to give a briefing on what was being done to improve local governance, the rule of law and access to justice.

FATA Secretariat presentation to MDTF Steering Committee-April 27 2011 (463KB)

KP govt presentation to MDTF Steering Committee-April 27 2011 (380KB)

MDTF Secretariat presentation to MDTF Steering Committee-April 27 2011 (571KB)

The second meeting of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Balochistan Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) Steering Committee was held on 27 April 2011 at the Economic Affairs Division (EAD) offices, Islamabad.  The Steering Committee is the oversight body for the MDTF, which is made up of members from the donor community and is co-chaired by the Government of Pakistan and the World Bank. The Steering Committee provides strategic guidance, advocacy support, and makes recommendations regarding the overall allocation of fund resources.The meeting was co-chaired by the Secretary EAD, Mr. Wajid Rana, and the World Bank Country Director for Pakistan, Mr. Rachid Benmessaoud. Participants included representatives of the KP and Balochistan Governments, the FATA Secretariat, MDTF donors and international development agencies who sit on the SC as observers.
The meeting featured presentations giving an update of progress since the last Steering Committee meeting held on 17 September 2010.  These were made by Mr. Robert Bou Jaoude on behalf of the World Bank, in its capacity as Administrator of the MDTF. KP and Balochistan Planning & Development Departments as well as the FATA Secretariat also made presentations about the progress on the PCNA implementation. The presentations were followed by a general discussion.
Donors lauded the steady progress being made at the provincial level and expressed their continued support to peacebuilding as well as governance activities, using the PCNA as the guiding framework for the provinces and FATA development plans. The donors expressed a desire to see MDTF focus its support more on governance, critical service delivery and capacity-building to further strengthen the eroded citizen-state relationship. Going forward, the MDTF is envisaged to become a framework for policy dialogue to support reforms; and there is a need to have the PCNA developed into a multi-year plan with defined results that the MDTF can support over the coming years.
The PC1 approval process was discussed at length and donors expressed their concerns for not having a defined process in place for MDTF that is responsive to the emergency nature of the MDTF-financed projects. Mr. Rana, the Secretary EAD, advised the gathering that discussions are taking place with the Planning Commission to resolve the backlog of pending approvals as well as apply emergency procedures for MDTF projects in the pipeline (similar to those applied for flood reconstruction). Mr. Rana will be following up to resolve the PC1 approval process and will advise the Committee within one month of the outcome of his deliberations.
Mr. Benmessaoud emphasized the need to move forward on the project approval process and implementation, so that results could be seen on the ground. He also endorsed calls for beneficiary feedback/input, and welcomed suggestions for third-party evaluation of results.  Mr. Benmessaoud stressed that this should not await project completion, but should be a parallel activity, so that the findings could feed into and improve implementation.
Mr. Benmessaoud said the Secretariat must engage to operationalize the Post-Crisis Needs Assessment (PCNA), and identify funding priorities for the next 1-2 years. He also stressed the need to build capacity for implementation, both in the Secretariat and the provinces. He called for engagement to develop an action plan for MDTF, predicting that the balance being sought between reform and infrastructure would emerge from this.  The Country Director’s final points were that donor coordination was essential, and a communications plan was needed to show the results being achieved on ground.  He endorsed the call for quarterly Steering Committee meetings and accepted, with gratitude, the invitation for the next one to be held in KP.
In his closing remarks, referring to the question on local governments, Mr. Rana suggested that in the next Steering Committee meeting, the provinces/FATA representatives could be asked to give a briefing on what was being done to improve local governance, the rule of law and access to justice.