PESHAWAR: A delegation from UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) paid a day long visit to Haripur district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and met Deputy Commissioner, District Nazim and different senior government officials in the district. The delegation had a visit to one of the community awareness camp for diabetes control and had interaction with the community as well.
Led by Matt Carter from the DFID National School of Government International (NSGI), the delegation is reviewing the impacts of the Public Financial Management and Governance reforms introduced in KP through DFID funded Sub-National Governance Programme (SNG). Other experts in the team included Mary Kate Thompson, Deputy Group Head from DFID Governance Group, Rizwan Azam, Programme Manager DFID, and Rabiya Malik, Programme Officer, DFID. The team also had sessions with provincial and district teams of the SNG programme.
Mr. Adil Islam, District Nazim Haripur and Mr. Tasleem Khan, Deputy Commissioner Haripur welcomed the delegation and presented them with honorary souvenirs. “We are committed for reforms that impacts lives of the common citizens in a positive way. The support of the DFID has been instrumental in bringing the reforms from national and sub-national to the community level”, said Adil Islam, District Nazim Haripur.
Started in 2013, SNG has worked with the provincial and six district governments to provide strategic level technical assistance in planning and PFM functional areas. The main thrust in providing support to the government in these areas includes public financial reform in the province, support to improved planning and budgeting at district level, strengthening service delivery monitoring through innovative technologies and dedicated units, the establishment of District Delivery Challenge Funds and the provision of technical assistance to local administrations in 6 districts in KP (Karak, Lakki Marwat, and D.I. Khan, Nowshehra, Buner and Haripur).
The programme focused areas for year four included a reform strategy for provincial PFM systems to achieve better efficiency and effectiveness in expenditures and to improve the quality of service delivery to citizens; making government more accountable by giving citizens more insights into the structure and functioning of the government finances; establishment of first-ever expenditure-tracking system for the province; support to the government to increase its revenue base; setting the development agenda of the KP government through the third joint consultative session of the
sectoral coordination committees under government-donors strategic development partnership framework; and strengthening of the provincial disease control and management system through piloting innovative ideas in health.