PBS - Promoting Basic Services - Phase III - Beitrag 2013/2014
The development objective of the third phase of PBS is to contribute to easier access to and improving the quality of basic services by funding block grants that ensure adequate staffing and operations, and by strengthening the capacity, transparency, accountability and financial management of government at regional and local authorities' level.
PBS supports the Government's commitment to strengthen decentralized service delivery and enhance local transparency and accountability mechanisms that support those service delivery objectives. The PBS program combines (A) a high-volume sub-program that finances recurrent expenditures for basic services at sub-national levels, (B) a system strengthening subprogram with three components to improve transparency and accountability systems at woreda level, and (C) a results enhancement fund to pilot performance-based approaches to remove constraints to reaching results.
The economic and financial review of past Promoting Basic Services (PBS) interventions indicates that this countrywide multi-donor program managed by the World Bank (i) generates good value-for-money; and (ii) has allowed the expansion of basic services.
Examples for practical results achieved from 2011/2012 to 2010/2011 (despite a population growth from 82,1 to 84,3 Million!):
• Water supply increased from 52 auf 58% of the population
• Teacher-pupil ratio improved from 1:51 to 1:50
• agricultural extension: 1,5 Million beneficiaries more (now 10,5 Million people!)
• average travel time to reach an all-weather-road reduced from 3,5 to 2,9 hours