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World Bank approves US$40m for Tanzania’s Performance Results and Accountability Project

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  • Leonard Boniface
    World Bank approves US$40m for Tanzania’s Performance Results and u003cbr / Accountability Project u003cbr / u003cbr / WASHINGTON, DC, October 2, 2007
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      World Bank approves US$40m for Tanzania’s Performance Results and
      Accountability Project

      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 Tanzania’s 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
      Tanzania’s 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
      and Uganda.

      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 project’s 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 Tanzania’s Public Service Reform Program.  The first
      phase which was approved by the Bank’s executive directors in 1999, aimed at
      setting the foundation and systems necessary to improve performance in the
      public service.

      “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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