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World Bank Group Holds Country-Wide Consultations for New Pakistan Country Partnership Strategy

February 6, 2014

A session held in Peshawar with civil society, think tanks, and youth on development priorities for FATA. Consultations were held across the country from July 2013 to January 2014 for seeking inputs for its new Pakistan Country Partnership Strategy.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The World Bank Group (WBG) is preparing a new strategy for Pakistan, which will guide the engagement of its three institutions (World Bank, International Finance Corporation, Multilateral International Guarantee Agency) for the next five years and will be designed to focus on the twin goals of ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity.
  • Since July 2013, the WBG has been consulting diverse stakeholders around the country. The team met over 400 individuals, representing civil society organizations, parliamentarians and political leaders, civil servants, academics, think tanks, youth groups, media representatives, private sector, and other development partners. In addition to face-to-face meetings, over 700 clients and stakeholders participated in a Client Satisfaction Survey and 3000 provided feedback through a Facebook survey.
  • Some common messages heard have been tackling the energy crisis, increasing economic opportunity for women and youth, improving service delivery, addressing inequality, and combating climate change.

 
   
   

Links to the reports for each set of consultations, surveys, and a list of participants can be found at the bottom of the page. Available in both English and Urdu.

The World Bank Group Pakistan (WBG) is preparing its new Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) to guide its knowledge, advisory and financing engagement in the country over the next five years, covering Fiscal Years 2015-2019. It is a joint strategy of the three WBG institutions - the World BankInternational Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) - and will build on their respective strengths and areas of expertise. The new strategy is being designed to support the development priorities of the Government of Pakistan that contribute to the twin goals of ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity in Pakistan. The WBG's programs in Pakistan will be aligned to achieve these goals. 

Consultation sessions were held throughout the country, discussing the country’s development landscape, key challenges and opportunities in a changing global context where both private capital and Official Donor Assistance are shrinking, technology, innovation, and interconnectivity are driving development solutions; citizens’ active engagement in development processes is increasing; and mitigating risks associated with climate change is coming out to be at the forefront of the development agenda. 

With these major global trends framing the discussions, the process of developing the strategy has been participatory and a diverse range of stakeholders and clients in Pakistan have been consulted. Beginning in July 2013 and lasting through January 2014, these consultations were conducted in various forms - in face-to-face meetings, by mail, as well as online – and locations in Islamabad on national and regional development priorities and in Lahore, Quetta, Karachi, and Peshawar on provincial-level priorities. Sessions were conducted in Peshawar for both Khyber Pakhtunkwha and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

During the consultations process over 30 meetings, the WBG team met with over 400 individuals, from civil society organizations, media representatives, parliamentarians, political leaders, Chief Ministers and cabinet members, civil servants, academics, think tanks, youth groups, the private sector, and other local and international development partners. 

Along with this, the World Bank Group commissioned a Client Satisfaction Survey (Presentation) (Executive Summary), conducted by Gallup Pakistan, and a short survey (pdf) on its Pakistan Facebook page, to which 700 and 3013 people respectively responded.

Feedback from Consultation Sessions

Details of key priorities identified at the national, provincial and regional level are in the reports below. There were some common messages and themes across various groups of stakeholders:

  • Tackling the energy crisis with low-cost generation options like hydro-power and improving access to community-led small-scale off-grid and renewable energy sources for remote areas of Balochistan and FATA.
  • Fostering entrepreneurship and access to finance, increasing economic opportunities and productively engaging youth and women.
  • Improving social service delivery, particularly investing in education and health and focusing on women and children.
  • Addressing inequity in all shapes and forms (with special attention to lagging regions and vulnerable groups).
  • Combatting climate change and improving water management – disaster preparedness and recovery support, storage dams, modern irrigation techniques, improving availability and quality of drinking water.

Engaging with local communities, especially women and youth, enhancing economic growth and human development and partnerships with the private sector was considered essential for reaching the development goals of ending extreme poverty and building shared prosperity.

There were some unique features in priorities among the provinces and regions, reflecting the different development contexts and needs. Punjab’s focus is on energy and improving the investment climate to attract the private sector, while in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, improving the security situation and restoring peace were identified as foremost priorities to create conducive conditions for economic and social progress. In Balochistan, water scarcity came out as a major concern. For FATA, governance and constitutional reforms and bringing the region at par with the rest of the country were identified as crucial to achieving development results. Energy, economy, education and youth skills enhancement, revenue mobilization, restructuring of state-owned enterprises; and climate change were highlighted as the top priorities at the federal / national level.

Parliamentarians from Balochistan at a consultation session in Quetta.

Open Quotes

The consultations meetings included civil society organizations, parliamentarians, Chief Ministers and cabinet members, civil servants, academics, think tanks, youth groups, private sector, and other local and international development partners. Close Quotes

A session with private sector representatives in Lahore.

Findings of the Client Satisfaction Survey

The Client Satisfaction Survey, administered by Gallup, asked questions about what Pakistan’s development priorities should be in the next five years, and what the WBG’s role can be in achieving them. It also evaluated perceptions of the WBG and its effectiveness. All in all, over 1000 hours of interviews were conducted and 711 responses received – 523 from stakeholders and 188 from World Bank Group clients.

Education and energy were identified as the two major priorities that the WBG should focus on, with the organization seen as the best among its category, although stakeholders and clients had divided views about the effectiveness and value for money of some Bank programs. The WBG was advised to work more with academia and local governments.

Facebook Survey Feedback

Conducted on the World Bank Pakistan's page, this was designed to hear from people directly, particularly youth, which makes up a large share of the Facebook audience. The survey reached approximately 20% of the country’s Facebook audience, receiving 3013 responses, from all regions of the country. More than two-thirds of respondents were less than 35 years old. Education was by far the most important development priority, with energy, job creation, and governance also featuring prominently. Similar to the Client Survey, academia was the top choice for WBG’s future engagement.

The feedback received from the consultations and surveys will feed into the draft CPS which will look into how the WBG can achieve the most impact to tackle the identified issues, given its comparative advantage.

Consultations Reports

WBG Background Presentation and Questions for Discussion

Reports of the meetings along with a list of participants can be found here:

Survey Reports