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 cities and urban development.
Duties and Responsibilities
· Working on the New Growth Strategy for the 10th Five Year Plan and focusing on the cities theme in specific.
· Writing chapter on Creative Cities for the New Growth Strategy. This includes:
· Research on the current state of cities and assessing challenges faced by cities at present. Suggesting measures to enable cities to improve their economy.
· Identifying legal and judicial hindrances to growth of cities and metropolitan areas to improve conditions.
· Recommending strategies and reforms for renewal of cities while focusing on the software of cities.
· Meeting with relevant stakeholders to identify problems faced within cities.
· Identifying reforms pertaining to urban management of cities and propose implementation strategies.
· Conducting seminars/conferences in various cities
· Assisting the Sector Chiefs on drafting the Sectoral Chapters for the Growth Strategy