Islamabad, 17 March 2023 (TDI): The United Kingdom’s (UK) Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed a new Contribution Arrangement.

The agreement was signed today between the two entities to extend their partnership for the period 2023-2026.

The project aims to enhance governance effectiveness and public service delivery through reform efforts and innovation. The new arrangement will expand the project’s scope to include provincial governments and introduce risk governance interventions.

Throughout the project’s reform efforts, successive governments have extended FCDO’s engagement.

Asghar Memon, Chief Economist, Planning & Development Department Sindh, expressed his gratitude to FCDO and UNDP for acceding to the provincial government’s request for technical support.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to work with UNDP and FCDO to enhance governance in our province by institutionalizing risk governance frameworks and practices for improved disaster management and recovery.”

Jo Moir, the Development Director for the British High Commission, expressed her delight in extending the collaboration with the UNDP in Pakistan.

The partnership aims to institutionalize performance-driven management of public sector organizations and evidence-based policymaking.

Further, she highlighted the positive impact the collaboration will have on Pakistanis, particularly through the expansion of support to the provincial level and the introduction of risk governance interventions.

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In addition, Knut Ostby, UNDP’s Resident Representative in Pakistan, in his remarks stated, FCDO is a long-standing trusted partner of UNDP.

UNDP has collaborated and worked together in the governance landscape of Pakistan to create a lasting impact through systemic reforms. Furthermore, he announced that the partnership has been extended up to 2026 with additional resources.

Moreover, he thanked the Government of Sindh for placing its trust in UNDP as its key partner in taking forward the government’s institutional reforms agenda.

UNDP’s Reforms and Innovation project has been working towards improved governance and public service delivery outcomes in Pakistan since 2015.