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1 Pakistans I-PRSP in the Light of Evaluative Experience of the World Banks Poverty Reduction Strategy and the Global Experience with the PRSPs so far Sohail Jehangir Malik Chairman Innovative Development Strategies (Pvt.) Ltd

2 Global Poverty Reduction during the 1990s The World Banks three pronged poverty reduction strategy of 1990 Growth social sector development and safety nets had mixed results In terms of the money-metric measure of poverty

3 By the end of the 1990s Global poverty rates were down but progress was extremely uneven

4 Take away China and there was actually a worsening of poverty headcount numbers over the 1990s!!!

5 Reduction in child malnutrition has been slow prospect of reaching the targets of Millennium Development Goal is in doubt

6 120 million primary-school-age children were not in school in 1999. 53 % of them girls. 74 % living in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

7 Ratio of girls to boys in primary and secondary school (%)

8 Infant mortality rates

9 Pakistan - by the end of the 1990s Not only was the poverty situation alarming! but prospects for its reduction were also bleak

10 Headcount Of Poor - Pakistan




14 Details of the Poverty Trends in Pakistan

15 Poverty Trends across Provinces

16 Poverty Diagnostics Poverty is strongly related to lack of basic needs Poor have low access to health related infrastructure Poor communities have lower access to health facilities and immunization coverage Poor have higher dependency ratios More than 1/3 rd of the poor households are headed by aged persons

17 Poverty Diagnostics (contd.) 27% poor versus 52% non-poor households are headed by literate persons Poverty is higher when head of the household is unskilled agricultural worker Cultivable land owned by poor versus the non-poor is 0.27 and 0.84 acres per capita, respectively

18 Investment as % of GDP

19 Consolidated Public Expenditures (as % of GDP)

20 The Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers Born in late 1999 out of the pressures from: HIPC The lessons from the experience with the World Banks 1990 strategy of Poverty Reduction The Recommendations of the Meltzer Commission Report to the American Congress

21 The PRSPs are an essential requirement for debt relief under the HIPC initiative and good business plan for concessional assistance under IDA

22 The PRSP requires: A long term domestically owned holistic Vision with a strategic articulation of the perceptions of poverty and how to address these encapsulated in a three year plan Clear and Verifiable time-bound M& E Indicators A participatory consultative process at the grass roots level Coordination and Efficiency through a Medium Term Budgetary Framework PRSPs ensure IFI partnership as well as means to monitor domestic performance

23 Lessons from the WB Experience - Policies A strategy that emphasizes the mutually reinforcing benefits of growth and human resource development is relevant. Most recent empirical evidence however, points to the importance of contingent factors such as: – property rights, – a capable bureaucracy and – the distribution of assets in mediating the poverty reducing effects of growth, and to the negative effects of corruption on both inequality and poverty.

24 Lessons from the WB Experience - Policies Human development has proven to be vital for long-term growth. However: –Need to improve the interaction between policies that sustain long-term growth, –Need to improve the distribution as well as the stock of human capital, – Need to curb corruption and enhance the social and physical capital of the poor, that are likely to make the real difference. These are all elements making up the new Comprehensive Development Framework underpinning the PRSP process.

25 Lessons from Country Studies Growth that is based on rural development has a notable impact on overall levels of poverty. Lack of social consensus and government commitment can be a major obstacle to reform, while weak institutional capacity can hinder prospects for implementation of an effective country poverty strategy. Slow private sector development, weak governance and high aid-dependence slow down the prospects for growth and reduce the long-term sustainability of growth and improvements in the social sectors. There is a need to monitor not only the level, but also the depth and severity of poverty. Safety nets are a necessary condition for ensuring that the poor are protected. All three elements of the 1990 strategy are important for sustained poverty reduction.

26 Lessons from Project Experience Reaching the poor and making tangible differences to their well-being depends on –a good project design –macro institutional environment –specific local institutional capabilities –cultural acceptability of different types of interventions. Tightly targeted projects with good communication, supervision and in-built flexibility can work, even in difficult institutional/policy environments.

27 Lessons from Project Experience (contd.) There is no reason to expect that the benefits from social funds and decentralization will always be pro-poor. There is a need to better understand the synergy between key areas of public and private actions to better address the priority needs of the chronically poor.

28 Core Principles of Pakistans I-PRSP Engendering growth Governance reforms Creating income generating opportunities Improving human development Reducing vulnerability to shocks


30 Revenue and Expenditures (1998-99 to 2000-01 actual) (2001-02 to 2003-04 IPRSP)

31 Trends in Crucial Growth Rates (1998-99 to 2000-01 actual) (2001-02 to 2003-04 IPRSP)

32 Trends in Poverty (1992-93 to 1998-99 actual) (2000-01 to 2003-04 IPRSP)

33 I-PRSP Challenges –extracting Pakistan from a debt trap, –accelerating growth, –improving social indicators, and –restoring the credibility and integrity of public institutions.

34 Major I-PRSP Challenge Macroeconomic stabilization: –Increasing tax revenue in order to provide more fiscal space for poverty reduction initiatives –overcoming adverse debt dynamics. –Maintaining a prudent monetary policy in order to keep inflation low –Increasing export growth to improve the external debt situation.

35 Major I-PRSP Challenge Growth promotion: –Acceleration of reforms in the areas of: Privatization Irrigation and drainage Energy tariff rationalization Karachi electric Supply Company Gas pricing Civil service reforms Tax administration Agriculture support services

36 The Bigger Challenge! Getting growth going and ensuring that the Growth is pro-poor – and translates into faster poverty reduction tackling the distribution issue

37 Success of the I-PRSP hinges on: Governance reforms and devolution: –Reducing incentives for corruption –Governance reform agenda that includes reforms of fundamental institutions Central bank Tax authority CBR Police Judicial system Civil service Auditor general and controller general of accounts –Reforms in the public financial management systems and institutions –Establishment of an effective anti-corruption agency.

38 And the crucial assumption for Poverty Reduction under the I-PRSP The success of the devolution plan in improving access to education, health and other public services

39 Major Strength of the I-PRSP Confirms the governments commitment to sustaining and expanding targeted interventions that focus on disadvantaged sections of society, especially in rural areas Highlights the key role of agricultural sector in poverty reduction

40 Weaknesses I-PRSP does not question whether current policies of poverty reduction are appropriate or adequate, especially in the rural strategy. It does not present an analysis of alternatives

41 Weaknesses The I-PRSP does not: recognize the fact that greater tariff adjustments will be required in the energy sector in future and that tariff increases must be accompanied by improvements in operational performance. acknowledge that privatization will take time, and that in the interim pressing investments will be needed.

42 Weaknesses I-PRSP does not fully exploit the potential role of the private sector in bringing education to the underprivileged.

43 Challenges and Risks Outlined by the I-PRSP Challenges: –To raise financing, and –To improve governance and institutional capacity Risks –Political opposition to reforms, –Lack of continuity, –Insufficient institutional capacity, and –Exogenous shocks

44 Common weaknesses in all PRSPs Inadequate information on the determinants of pro-poor growth Inadequate linkages between economic growth, macroeconomic and structural policies and poverty reduction Inadequate linkages between public expenditures, poverty outcomes, and costing.

45 Comparison of I-PRSPs and PRSPs shows significant differences between the full and interim PRSPs in terms of : data availability quality of data analysis and policy formulation development of medium term budgeting procedures participatory processes

46 Pakistan has committed to developing a FULL PRSP by March 2003 This requires: A wide ranging consultative process to ensure that there is consensus on the long-term vision, ownership and sustainability of the program The long term vision requires consensus on the perception of poverty and on the strategic prioritization of interventions at all levels

47 The full PRSP requires: Strategic coordination of resources - including aid - over the medium term Development of detailed Provincial and sub-provincial level PRSPs

48 The full PRSP requires: Expenditure tracking –To monitor spending in important sub-sectors and programs –To track expenditure data by economic classification Monitoring of intermediate and outcome indicators Adequate implementation of monitoring system. And the building of technical capacity (at provincial and district level) Consensus on a nationally acceptable poverty line

49 The full PRSP requires: –Systematic data collection and analyses of poverty dynamics and vulnerability that is domestically owned –Analyses informing of possible adverse impacts of some key macro/structural policies on the poor and other socio-economic groups –Assessment of key poverty programs like Khushal Pakistan and Katchi Abadi etc.

50 The time is extremely short – the challenges are enormous!

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