UNDP support to the Planning Commission was initiated in February 2002 with the creation of the Centre for Research on Poverty Reduction and Income Distribution (CRPRID) as a dedicated research facility in the Planning Commission. The work of CRPRID primarily focused on poverty measurement, research and analysis of public policies on poverty, progress monitoring of MDGs, and provision of policy inputs to the Government of Pakistan (GOP). This coincided with the support by the World Bank and DFID to support the Planning Commission in the development of its Social Protection Strategy through the Poverty Centre.
In June 2007 the Planning Commission decided to expand the CRPRID’s scope of work and structure to include a social policy planning focus in addition to a poverty measurement and research focus and the monitoring of MDGs. As a result, the Centre was renamed the Centre for Poverty Reduction and Social Policy Development (CPRSPD). Planning Commission and UNDP entered into a cost sharing agreement to collectively support the CPRSPD to transition from a project to a competitive and well networked poverty research institution.
More recently Planning Commission has come up with the idea of New Growth Framework with a focus on Inclusive Growth. The New Growth Framework (NGF) of the Government of Pakistan has been approved by the Prime Minister of Pakistan in the National Economic Council meeting held on 28 May 2011. The NGF reorients the focus of the Government from being an “implementer and service provider” to a “facilitator’ and a “watch dog” to promote competition, innovation and entrepreneurship. At this juncture, a strong need is felt to reorient the Centre for Poverty Reduction and Social Policy Development (CPRSPD) towards working on sustained economic growth and inclusive development. Planning Commission and the UNDP have been working on transforming the existing CPRSPD into an Inclusive Growth Centre (IGC). The proposed IGC will be a hub of Research, Advocacy, Consultations to implement and monitor the NGF at the national and sub national level and to support human development and the attainment of MDGs.
The New Growth Strategy is being developed for the 10th Five Year Plan of the Planning Commission. The themes of the strategy include competitive markets, innovation, governance, creative cities, productivity and youth and community. The purpose of the proposed consultancy is to support the Planning Commission to map out the implementation strategies to promote economic growth through the themes outlined in the New Growth Strategy with focus on youth and community development.
Duties and Responsibilities
The consultant will write and form a paper on ‘Youth and Community Development’, for the Planning Commission, concentrating on the issues and implementation strategies in line with the New Growth Strategy.
The consultant shall focus on the following key areas:
- Writing the Chapter on ‘Youth and Community Development’ for the New Growth Strategy. The chapter would include:
- Study and research on ‘importance of investing in youth and the need for youth and community engagement’
- Review of current state of youth
- Critical analysis of existing policies and acts relating to youth development
- Lessons from emerging economies in the region
- Policy Recommendations in context with the New Growth Strategy
- Promoting the New Growth Strategy through:
- Giving presentations and holding consultative seminars at various universities and organizations on the youth theme of the New Growth Strategy
- Writing articles for newspapers on different aspects of the strategy
- Working with the team to prepare presentations for the Deputy Chairman for various seminars and conferences
- Prepare policy and research briefs on youth related issues.
- Assisting in drafting the 10th Five Year Plan:
- Working with the Sector Chiefs in drafting the sectoral chapters for the 10th Five Year Plan.
- Other miscellaneous tasks
- Conducting seminars/conferences
- Supporting other team members when required