Policy Support Programme (PSP) (Single phase)

Project completed

Evidence-based analysis and data are crucial for Pakistan’s Sustainable Development Goals agenda. The proposed programme supports key stakeholders to improve pro-people policymaking and provides a platform for SDC to showcase lessons learned from over fifty years of development cooperation in Pakistan. Such knowledge transfer and institutionalization is important in the phasing out process of SDC’s Pakistan country programme.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Public sector policy
01.06.2018 - 31.12.2019
CHF 500'000
Background Pakistan was among the first countries to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by a unanimous Parliament resolution in 2016. However, since then, the SDG implementation process hasn’t advanced much. Policy formulation in Pakistan is still weak, especially due to a lack of data and evidence-based analysis, which are crucial for need-based development agendas addressing the SDG’s. After the next election process planned in 2018, the new federal and provincial governments will need to formulate development agendas by defining priorities and targets. This is an opportunity for UNDP and SDC to create a platform for improved political analysis to inform policymaking in Pakistan. Additionally, it provides space for SDC to feed into the policy dialogue the relevant lessons learned from more than 50 years of development assistance in the country. 
Objectives To contribute towards a more conducive environment for informed and evidence -based policies in Pakistan progressing towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Target groups
  • Elected governments at federal and province level
  • Civil servants at federal and province level
  • Civil society organizations and NGOs
  • Development partners
  • People (men, women), especially the marginalized groups
Medium-term outcomes Improved knowledge and awareness among policymakers and relevant stakeholders on key issues and priorities related to the SDGs.

Expected results:  

  • At least eight policy dialogues for knowledge sharing and advocacy organized on SDG relevant topics: urbanization (SDG 11), inclusive growth (SDG 8 and 9), inequality (SDG 10) and peace, justice and strong institutions (SDG 16)
  • Eight issues of Development Advocate Pakistan (DAP) published on SDG relevant topics, with inclusion of SDC experience and expertise
  • One National Human Development Report published with focus on inequality (SDG 10)

Results from previous phases:   n/a 

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
United Nations Organization (UNO)
  • United Nations Development Programme

Other partners
Ministry of Planning & Development
Coordination with other projects and actors
  • LoGo: Local Governance Support Programme (GiZ/SDC)
  • MDTF: Support Governance in KP and FATA (WB/SDC)
  • Water Governance in KP: support IWRM and water facilities in Peshawar and Mardan (KP Government/SDC)
  • UNDP: Strengthening Rule of Law and Devolving Rights (UNDP/SDC)
  • Water for Livelihood (Helvetas/SDC)
  • Renewable Energy through Microhydels (AKRSP/SDC)
  • We the People, We the Arts (SDC)
Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   500'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   497'500
Project phases

Phase 1 01.06.2018 - 31.12.2019   (Completed)