HomeContactUS$6 million MDTF grant for improved services to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA citizens through improved governance

ISLAMABAD; September 30, 2011 – The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Balochistan Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) announced today the approval of a US$ 6 million grant to finance capacity and program development, and urgent governance interventions for improved service delivery to the citizens. The project activities will cater towards strengthening institutional capacity, providing technical assistance, and supporting government-led and selected governance activities and reforms.

“Technical capacity is imperative for the government departments to ensure effective service delivery,” said Abdul Wajid Rana, Secretary of the Economic Affairs Division, Government of Pakistan. “By providing this technical assistance to the line departments and implementing governance reforms, the overall performance of these departments can be immensely improved.”

The project consists of an institutional capacity-building component and a rapid response facility, both of which will be implemented by the newly created Post-Crisis Needs Assessment (PCNA) Implementation Support Units, at the Planning and Development Department of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government, and FATA Secretariat.

“The MDTF-funded project will also help rebuild the trust between the government and the communities it serves through participation of citizens in planning, decision-making and monitoring of state-led actions and capacity building of state institutions that integrates formal, traditional and civic governance mechanisms and enhances the responsiveness of  these institutions,” said Rachid Benmessaoud, World Bank Country Director for Pakistan. “This will in turn help improve the delivery efficiency to the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA.”

About the MDTF:

The overall objective of the MDTF is to support reconstruction in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA and Balochistan.  The World Bank-administered MDTF became operational on August 5, 2010, and provides a coordinated financing mechanism for the Government of Pakistan’s development programs in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA and Balochistan. The MDTF also serves as a funding mobilization mechanism for the implementation of the Post-Crisis Needs Assessment (PCNA). MDTF projects will be executed by the Governments of Pakistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and FATA Secretariat.  Australia, Denmark, the European Union, Finland, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Turkey, UK, and the USA have agreed to pool their resources through the Fund to support these reconstruction activities. More information on the MDTF can be found on the Fund’s website: www.pakistanmdtf.org

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