Improving Primary Education Governance in KP
The pilot tested a model for promoting a transparent, accountable and needs- based budgeting in five SNG districts (D.I.Khan, Karak, Lakki Marwat, Buner and Haripur). The pilot intended to promote a transparent, accountable and needs- based district planning and budgeting model. It also focused on promoting rights-based advocacy led by community for holding government officials accountable for their work.
The pilot generated evidence that the existing district planning/budgetary practices are faulty and responsible for poor quality of primary education services. It also empowers non-government actors to use evidence and awareness of rights as a tool for social accountability
The pilot benefited 9,751 individuals–6% more than the target of 9,130. The beneficiaries included government officials, PTC members, journalists, members of CSOs etc. Roughly 40% of the beneficiaries were women.
The pilot received mixed feedback-the parents, communities and civil society groups appreciated the initiatives taken by the project to provide interface for service providers and service receivers while the education authorities had reservations on the nature of the project which had limited interaction with teachers and children.
Progress toward Scale-up
While the pilot achieved intended results, changing the accountability culture requires a longer term commitment. Further, the government officials are not likely to support the adoption of an innovation that introduces tighter management controls or community’s scrutiny.
Center for Governance and Public Accountability (Evidence based district planning and budgeting)