Important financial lessons from Pakistan
Three new Oxford Policy Management (OPM) briefing notes show how the Sub-National Governance (SNG) programme has helped improve education and healthcare budgets in Pakistan.
The SNG programme aims to support lasting improvements in the quality of, and access to, basic services in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) provinces, by strengthening their governance and the management of public finances. These briefing notes explore, respectively, how budget transparency, needs-based budgeting and a District Delivery Challenge Fund (DDCF) have helped the provinces be better equipped to request, allocate and spend funding for healthcare and education. These notes explain what was done, and highlight early results.
“The budget transparency measures have led to marked improvements,” said Stephanie Allan, consultant in OPM’s Public Financial Management portfolio and co-author of all three notes. “Punjab and KP have risen significantly in their Budget Transparency Review scores. Simultaneously, in practical terms, improved health care budgets have already led to nearly five million children benefiting from the improved coverage of vaccination programmes, and over 16,000 additional people benefiting from the services provided by health camps in remote and hard-to-reach areas.”
Meanwhile, the DDCF has funded pilot programmes with objectives as diverse as increasing numeracy by providing teachers with computer tablets for training and mentoring, screening for earlier diagnosis of diabetes, and introducing classroom radios as instructional tools.
By drawing on experiences in different facets of the programme, these notes provide useful case studies for policy makers and practitioners. You can read them by following the links below: