Audit of USAID/Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Municipal Services Program

Recommendations

Recommendation 1

USAID/Pakistan make a written justification whether to continue the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Municipal Services Program or to cancel it and put the remaining funds totaling approximately $79 million to better use.

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Recommendation 2

USAID/Pakistan resolves to continue the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Municipal Services Program, it must implement a written action plan to address the lack of significant progress being made and make a written determination of whether additional capacity-building activities should be conducted.

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Recommendation 3

USAID/Pakistan work with the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to implement a joint process of identifying and selecting infrastructure projects for the program to fund.

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Recommendation 4

USAID/Pakistan complete and approve a monitoring and evaluation plan, which integrates specific approved infrastructure projects.

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Recommendation 5

USAID/Pakistan either work with the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and document a process to start selecting municipal service infrastructure projects in the divisions of Dera Ismail Khan and Malakand, or amend the geographic scope of the activity agreement to focus on Peshawar.

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Recommendation 6

USAID/Pakistan determine how much of the $84.75 million grant agreement pertains to water earmarked funding, separate this funding from the Municipal Services Program, and document the results.

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Recommendation 7

USAID/Pakistan implement a separate agreement with the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa regarding the water earmarked funding, outlining fund requirements.

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Recommendation 8

USAID/Pakistan implement a process of scheduling and completing initial environmental examinations once specific infrastructure activities are approved.

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Recommendation 9

USAID/Pakistan complete the environmental assessment for two wastewater treatment plants in Peshawar.

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Recommendation 10

USAID/Pakistan implement a logical framework to understand how Urban Policy Unit activities contribute to the Municipal Services Program's goal. If they do not, the remaining funds totaling approximately $1.6 million not spent under Project Implementation Letters 2 and 4 should be reprogrammed for better use and the results documented.

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Recommendation 11

USAID/Pakistan establish and implement a system to assess gender considerations for individual infrastructure projects, including the preparation of gender-sensitive planning and monitoring procedures.

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Recommendation 12

USAID/Pakistan work with the grantee to document the basis for the current allocation of toilets by gender, modify the allocation if necessary, and document the results.

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