Third Party Validation of Stipends to Girl Students in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP)

Third Party Validation of Stipends to Girl Students in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP)

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Narrative description of Project:

In April 2012, the Department for International Development (DfID) began supporting the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (GoKP) programme for the “Provision of Stipends for Secondary School Girls of GoKP” under the umbrella of its five-year long Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Education Sector Programme. 404,238 public school female students across 25 districts are receiving stipends to incentivise their transition from primary to secondary stage and retention from Grade 6 through Grade 10. AiD has assisted DFID thrice in the Third Party Validation (TPV) of the programme, which aims to confirm whether the money has been used for the intended purposes. Additionally, the TPV aimed to verify that the attendance criteria set by the program was being satisfied by the stipend recipient; to ensure that the recipients are not “ghost” students; to assess and validate the internal controls in place for the transparent and efficient transfer of funds to beneficiaries; to identify institutional, financial and administrative issues faced during the payment process; and to make recommendations for improvement in the programme. The study also includes an assessment and validation of oversight and systems used to ensure the transparent and efficient transfer of funds from the Finance Department to beneficiaries.

Description of actual services provided in the assignment:

  • To verify whether the first instalment of girls’ stipends has reached the intended beneficiaries (i.e. all girls in grade 6th to 10th in Government schools across all districts of KP).
  • To ensure beneficiary compliance with the attendance criteria.
  • To capture the entire process of stipend disbursement with explanation of each step involved, and evaluate the quality of this process, especially in terms of efficiency and timeliness, transparency and corruption risks, cost effectiveness, and satisfaction/views of beneficiaries.
  • To identify institutional, financial and administrative risks involved in the stipend payment process and make recommendations for improvement in the programme.

Name of Client: 

  • DFID-Pakistan

Project Duration/ Timeline: 

February 2013 to November 2015

Approx. value of the contract: 

PKR 15.7 Million

Location: 

  • Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Name of joint venture partner or sub-Consultants, if any: 

Not Applicable