LAHORE – Continuing efforts to create sustainability of the USAID-funded Assessment and Strengthening Programme (Rural Support Programmes Network) has set a milestone by signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the National School of Public Policy, Government of Pakistan.

The MoU is a step towards institutionalising the programme objective of strengthening Pakistani Public Sector institutions and civil society organisations for transparent and accountable utilisation of USAID resources and other development funds, hence enhancing aid effectiveness.

Recognising the underlying bottlenecks in the human capacities of Pakistan’s public sector management, ASP-RSPN envisioned a long term sustainable solution to embed the core customised elements of institutional development into NSPP curricula.

Initially, the Executive Development institute of NSPP will impart trainings to government officials on the specific areas within Financial Management, Procurement Management, Human Resource Management, and Monitoring and Evaluation.

ASP is a five-year, $45 million USAID-funded initiative, jointly implemented by Rural Support Programmes Network.

Director USAID Punjab Ted Gehr, at the signing of the MOU said that “ASP will have an important overall impact on development management in Pakistan. It will not only serve for the better utilisation of USA ID funds, but also give confidence to development agencies to invest in Pakistan. The common objectives of NSPP and ASP to ensure good governance and socio-economic development of Pakistan could only be achieved by investing in and strengthening of the Pakistani public sector institutions.”