Punjab-The Land of Five Waters

Punjab is the most populous province of Punjab (population according to the last census conducted in 2017 is 100 million). It has 36 districts and 127 tehsils/towns with an overall literacy rate of 59.6%. (source: Punjab Portal)

Punjab underwent the transition from the existing governance system to the system of local governance envisaged in the Punjab Local Government Act (PLGA), 2013. The Government of Punjab implemented the Sub-National Governance (SNG) Programme with the assistance of the UK’s Department for International Development which aimed to improve the delivery of basic services in health and education in six districts. These included northern districts of Sheikhupura, Hafizabad and Mandi-Bahauddin and southern districts of Vehari, Sahiwal and Bahawalngar.

The goals were to ensure the use of evidence in decision-making by sub-national governments, improve their responsiveness to people’s needs, and enhance their capacity to deliver basic services.

Key Focus Areas-

Public Financial Management

1. Evidence Based Budget

2. Budget Transparency

3. Intergovernmental Transform Systems

4. Expenditure Tracking (PETS)

5. PFM Reform Strategy

6. Revenue Mobilisation and Efficiency Saving

7. Institutional Strengthening


1. Geographic Information System

2. Planning and Development

3. Decentralisation

4. Donor Coordination

5. Capacity Building

District Delivery Challenge Fund

Round 1-Education Pilots

1. Education Data Management System

2. Learn While You Teach

3. Learning Boost

Round 2-Health Pilots

1. Har Zindagi – Every Life Matters

2. Integrated Ambulance Service

3. Teemardar

4. Telemedicine

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