CDR in Pakistan
In May CDR’s Executive Director, Jessica Toale, visited Pakistan to meet with CDR members and learn more about the programmes they are managing and delivering on behalf of the UK government.
In 2016-17 Pakistan was DFID’s largest country programme. DFID’s work in Pakistan focuses on reducing poverty and building a prosperous and stable country.
CDR member companies are managing and delivering a variety of programmes from large-scale health and education support programmes to justice sector reform and
community empowerment programmes.
Jessica also met with DFID to discuss CDR’s joint implementer communication on Pakistan and working with contractors. Like our previous report on Nigeria and the cumulative impact of CDR member delivered programmes, this joint implementer communication seeks to enhance learning, innovation and knowledge sharing between DFID and its suppliers.
The visit was a valuable opportunity to understand the challenges facing Pakistan and the work the UK government is supporting to address these challenges. Conversations were had about balancing the trend for large contracts with the desire to increase community-level contracting; how to improve learning and knowledge sharing between DFID and its suppliers; and how better to measure results and capture qualitative measures in a more meaningful way in complex programmes and uncertain environments.
CDR’s publication on the cumulative impact of member-delivered programmes in Pakistan will be available in Autumn 2018.