World Bank approves US$40m for Tanzanias Performance Results and Accountability Project
- World Bank approves US$40m for Tanzanias Performance Results and
WASHINGTON, DC, October 2, 2007 The World Bank Board of Executive Directors
on September 27, approved an International Development Association (IDA)
credit* of US$40 million for the Government of Tanzanias Performance Results
and Accountability Project (PRAP).
The PRAP, whose theme is Demanding results and accountability, will aim at
enhancing the capacity, performance and accountability of government
ministries, departments and agencies in the use of public resources and service
delivery. The project will ensure timely and effective implementation of
strategic and priority programs, which will contribute to the achievement of
the National Strategy for Growth and Reduction of Poverty (MKUKUTA) goals.
We in the World Bank are pleased to be associated with the Government of
Tanzanias efforts to improve the performance of the public service. This core
reform is the bedrock of the governance pillar of the MKUKUTA. We hope that
the Government will use this credit effectively to realize concrete results in
achieving the MKUKUTA goals of enhancing growth and reducing poverty in
Tanzania, said John Murray McIntire, World Bank Country Director for Tanzania
Successful implementation of this project will result into:
Improvements in the policy-making and regulatory capacity of government
ministries, departments and agencies, which will contribute to a more
predictable and well regulated environment for service delivery institutions
and for private sector development;
Improved use of performance management systems by government ministries,
departments and agencies, and their linkages to service delivery;
Improved management of civil servants, and
Greater access to information and responsiveness to the demands of
Overall the projects interventions will contribute to good governance through
greater transparency and accountability.
The PRAP, to be implemented over a five-year period, is supporting the second
phase of the Government of Tanzanias Public Service Reform Program. The first
phase which was approved by the Banks executive directors in 1999, aimed at
setting the foundation and systems necessary to improve performance in the
The overall purpose of the Public Service Reform Program is to support
economic growth and to ensure that delivery of quality public services within
priority sectors conforms to public expectations for value, satisfaction and
relevance, says Denyse Morin, World Bank Senior Public Sector Specialist and
Task Team Leader for the PRAP.
Under phase one of the Public Service Reform Program, all government
ministries, departments, and agencies were trained to develop results-oriented
strategic plans to implement the objectives of the MKUKUTA. This included
developing client service charters with specific performance and service
delivery targets which are increasingly becoming a focus of public and media
Pay enhancement and revised career schemes in the public service are gradually
being implemented with a view to attract and retain quality staff and making
the public service a better place to work. Although progress is being made on
several fronts, reviews have shown that the reforms need to be deepened to
ensure closer linkages with sector development programs and stronger
coordination among the core reform programs to ensure effectiveness and impact.
*The credit is provided on standard International Development Association (IDA)
terms, with a commitment charge of 0.10 percent per annum and a service charge
of 0.75 percent per annum (on the disbursed credit balance) over a 40 year
period of maturity which includes a 10-year grace period.
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