Evaluation of SA Regional Project to Strengthen Community Resilience to COVID-19

The Asia Foundation has commissioned us the end-of-project evaluation of its South Asia Regional Project to Strengthen Community Resilience to COVID-19. The EU-funded initiative addressed the immediate threat and longer-term implications of COVID-19 for the most vulnerable populations of Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Its goal was to provide greater awareness of health risks and preventive measures, better access to support services, reduced communal tensions and stigma, and greater responsiveness of public authorities to the voice and interests of the poor, women and girls, minorities, and other marginalised populations. Using the OECD-DAC evaluation criteria, the evaluation will focus on identifying lessons learned and making recommendations that project partners and stakeholders might use to improve the design and implementation of other related projects and programmes.

Regional Development Plans for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Excited to share the Regional Development Plans for the Greater Peshawar, Greater Abbottabad and Swat regions, jointly developed by the Asian Development Bank and the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa under technical assistance supported by the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction. The plans were launched recently in a virtually held event.

The plans capture  a strategic multi-sectoral plan that identifies the comparative advantages of the three regions and a 25-year investment plan for the component cities. The RDPs prioritise key sub-sectors, including water supply, environmental sanitation, solid waste management, tourism, cultural heritage, smart city, urban green spaces and amenities, other municipal services, and urban mobility and regional connectivity. Emphasis has been made on key drivers that promote sustainable urban and economic development.

The RDPs also explore interventions that benefit from economies of scale or interconnectivity. The RDPs consider cross-cutting areas such as corporate or business planning, data and indicators, human resources, procurement, safeguards and budget planning and management. Special attention has also been paid to the urban poor, women’s participation, and measures to address income and gender inequity. The RDPs assess the spatial and demographic land use and identify investments for urban areas within the region.

The plans are prepared through an extensive data analysis and consultative process by a joint venture of SaafConsult, The Netherlands and the dev~consult, Pakistan.

The RDPs can be accessed by clicking at the thumbnails above.