Project Case Sudy
Offering advice on public financial management in Pakistan’s education sector
Considering fiduciary risks in the education budget
Pakistan faces many challenges as it seeks to further establish and entrench the characteristics of a stable and democratic country, with a representative and accountable government.
Perhaps the greatest of these challenges remains the extension of education to the poorest sections of society and to girls. It is a challenge that the international community, including the Department for International Development, has made a priority in their provision of multilateral and bilateral support.
Indeed, one of the British Government’s largest ever investments of aid has been in Pakistan’s education sector.
Since 2010 we have been working on a suite of assignments – both stand-alone projects and components of larger undertakings – in the provinces of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
These assignments have been broadly focused on building the capacity of government in public financial management, in assessing fiduciary risks and in developing frameworks to measure the direction, use and impact of financial aid from the UK in the education sector.
Focus for both provinces
- Work in support of public financial management dialogue between the provincial government and donors
- Work on credibility of budget formulation and on budget comprehensiveness and transparency
- Evaluations of the predictability and control in budget execution
- External scrutiny and audit including extensive fiduciary risk assessments and reviews at provincial, district and school level
- Work on monitoring and evaluation and development of indicators against which financial aid spending can be assessed
We have worked on multiple assignments with counterparts in both provinces including: the schools department, the finance department, DG provincial and district audit, the Accountant General and the Public Accounts Committee Secretariat of the Provincial Assemblies.