Health Systems Development Initiative (HSDI), TA Support Team (TAST), West Bengal, India
The Technical Assistance Support Team (TAST) has been working with the Department of Health and Family Welfare (DHFW), Government of West Bengal (GoWB) since early 2006. Over the last four years, it has been able to make a mark for itself not only as a technical unit to support the Department of International Development (DFID) funded Health Systems Development Initiative (HSDI) but also for all other types of reforms being carried out by the DHFW. The TAST works closely with the Strategic Planning and Sector Reform Cell (SPSRC) of the DHFW and helps it to design, pilot, implement and monitor activities which will help to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the department.
Urban Primary Health Care Sector Development Program (Supplementary Package)
Bangladesh has one of the highest population densities in the world (1,125/km2). The growth of urban population is about 6% per annum, whereas the overall population growth rate of the country is only 1.39% per annum. It is projected that by 2040 the urban population will rise to over 116 million and constitutes half of the country’s population.
Evaluation and Design of the Social Accountability Component of the Protection of Basic Services Project (PBS I)
After the 2005 election in Ethiopia, budget support was replaced to focus on basic services protection. The World Bank jointly with government and other development partners initiated a new, more accountable and fast disbursing mechanism to continue funding basic services delivery. This initiative named as “Protection of Basic Services Project” (PBS-I), involved donor contributions bypassing the central government and being sent straight to the district level (woreda), utilizing Ethiopia’s decentralized local service delivery mechanism. The initiative included measures to encourage transparency and accountability and required the government to spend the money on basic social services in accountable and transparent manner and also to maintain its own financial commitments to these services.
Capacity Development of the National Capital Region Planning Board - Component A & C
The National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB) was created as a special purpose body for promoting a balanced development of the National Capital Region (NCR). It was first conceived in accordance with the first Master Plan for Delhi (1961-81), which recommended creating a statutory National Capital Region Planning Board and preparing a Regional Plan for the NCR. The Government of India therefore initially created a High Powered Board chaired by the Union Minister of Home Affairs with the Chief Ministers of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, representatives of the Planning Commission, and the Mayor and the Commissioner of Delhi as its members. Subsequently, the Parliament enacted the National Capital Region Planning Board Act, 1985 that provided for constitution of the NCRPB with a mandate to prepare the Regional Plan and perform other functions incidental to the implementation of the Regional Plan.