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Strengthening Institutional Systems in Planning (SISP)

Objectives:

The primary objectives of this project were to assist the Government of Bangladesh to extract the maximum benefit from its Annual Development Plan (ADP) by improving its systems, information resources and planning management; improve the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of both the information flows and information systems within the Ministry of Planning and other Ministries; Upgrade the IT facilities through identification and assessment of information service needs, development of IT networks, design of an information databases and procurement and installation of hardware and software; and to strengthen the institutional and technical capacity within the Ministry so that projects were appraised and approved according to transparent and consistent criteria and are managed effectively and efficiently.

Services:

Maxwell Stamp provided long term institutional strengthening, training and capacity building project to support the Ministry of Planning in budgeting and investment programming and prioritization. Capacity building and training was implemented through formal courses, seminars and workshops, supported by on-the-job training. The work programme involved: implementing a strategic plan to upgrade IT facilities; improving information flows and information technology systems; development of IT networks, design of an information database, procurement and installation of hardware and software; improving project selection criteria; introducing a monitoring system and ex-post evaluation techniques; and enhancing budget classification. In particular, the project developed:

  • A consistent framework of investment policy aims and objectives between Government, line ministries and local government,
  • Set up a monitoring system to track projects during the project cycle and developed ex-post evaluation techniques,
  • The institutional strengthening work focused on training to upgrade the capacity of the Ministry of Planning officials and to improve inter-departmental linkages. Capacity building and training were implemented through a mixture of formal courses, seminars and workshops supported by close participatory on-the-job training, and
  • IT facilities were upgraded through identification and assessment of information service needs, development of IT networks, design of an information databases and procurement and installation of hardware and software.

Timeframe: November 2000 - July 2003

Realated Countries: Bangladesh

Client(s): DFID

Categories: Public Administration and Governance, Capacity Building and Management Reform and Human Resources Management, Public Administration and Governance

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