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Pakistan: Punjab Resource Management Program

sector: Public Sector Management | country: Pakistan

1. As programs need to be driven by the borrowers, capacities of executing and implementing agencies in program implementation must be carefully assessed at appraisal so that capacity disparities can be mitigated. For example, the Punjab Resource Management Program in Pakistan could have averted problems brought about by capacity gaps had it identified the risks early on and instituted mitigating measures, such as, the recruitment of program management consultants to assist the Project Management Unit, the Planning and Development Department, and the Finance Department. The limited institutional capacity of the executing and implementing agencies ultimately reduced the relevance of the Program. [Main text, paras. 14, 25-26, 30]

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