Strengthening Participatory Federalism & Decentralization

What is the Project About

Dialogue with Political Parties on Future of Federalism and Democratic Devolution in Pakistan. Photo: UNDP Pakistan/Torsum Khan

Pakistan has introduced a set of political and fiscal reforms approved nem con by both Houses of the Parliament in 2009 and 2010. Prominently, the 7th National Finance Commission and the 18th Constitutional Amendment have been achieved through democratic and parliamentary instruments of decision-making. While these reforms throw some critical challenges, they also bring some promising opportunities for the governments and develop partners to improve service delivery mechanisms in the country. 

UNDP conducted strategic consultations with provincial and national stakeholders, including: Political Parties, Academia, senior Government Officials from Finance, Local Government, Law, Inter-Provincial Coordination, Planning and Development Departments, Economic Affairs Division, National Institute of Management, Civil Society Organizations as well as relevant UN agencies and international donors. The purpose of the consultative process was to map out the challenges, issues and opportunities; and identify areas of technical support to strengthen implementation of 18th Amendment. The opportunities and gaps identified during these extensive and cross-section deliberations led to the formulation of the Strengthening Participatory Federalism and Decentralization Project.

Based on the needs assessment study, UNDP has launched a technical-assistance project to Strengthen Participatory Federalism and Decentralization (SPFD) in Pakistan. The Project is primarily aimed at providing technical assistance to the Federal and Provincial Governments in the process of transition management against the backdrop of the 18th Constitutional Amendment. Particularly, the project aims to strengthen the culture of inter-governmental relations, strengthen the role and effectiveness of the Council of Common Interests, improve social sector governance in provinces, enhance capacity of civil servants on issues of federalism and decentralization, explore possibilities of initiating participatory local government at district level, and increase public awareness about federalism and decentralization.

What Have We Accomplished So Far

Strengthening Participatory Federalism and Decentralization Project has been split it into three key phases for ensuring effective project implementation:

  • Project Planning Phase(March – July 2013)
  • Project Implementation Phase I (August 2013 – December 2014)
  • Project Implementation Phase II (2015-16).

The focus of the Planning Phase was to recruit key staff, streamline key activities for Phase I, develop partnerships, set up the Project Office, and initiate resource mobilization. Project Implementation Phase I will focus on working with both the federal and provincial governments on key prioritized areas to achieve maximum results and build a solid foundation for the way forward in Phase II. The second phase of the Project would take lead from the Mid-Term Project Evaluation Mission that would be fielded towards the end of Phase I in 2014.

Who Finances it?

United Nations Development Programme

Delivery in Previous Year

The project recently started and is currently in mobilization stage.

Photographs of the International Conference on Participatory Federalism & Decentralization


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Project Start Date
March 2013
Estimated End date
December 2017
Geographic Coverage
Islamabad Capital Territory & All Four Provincial Capitals
Focus Area
Democratic Governance
Implementation Partners
Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination, Forum of Federations, Council of Common Interests, National Institute of Management & Civil Society Organizations
Assistant Country Director
Amir Khan Goraya
Programme Officer
Asif Bhattee