Synopsis:Mera Maan was contracted by Ernst and Young Pakistan to support The World Bank in Afghanistan with the development of a competency-based framework for financial management training. The aim was to ensure proper utilization of funds and enhance the capacity of project financial management staff working on development projects. The project involved developing a highly experiential and visualized training curriculum and modules on project financial management. These modules were designed to be delivered to the finance officials from The World Bank-assisted projects in Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.
Narrative of the Project Description:
Background:Since 2002, The World Bank has been actively supporting social, economic, infrastructure, and human development in Afghanistan through a series of projects funded by the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF) and International Development Association (IDA). With a portfolio of 35 projects amounting to approximately $5 billion, The World Bank has a fiduciary responsibility to ensure the proper utilization of funds, focusing on economy, efficiency, and mitigating chances of misuse.
Objectives:– Develop competency-based framework for financial management training.
– Assess existing financial management knowledge and skills of project staff.
– Identify gaps in financial management knowledge and skills.
– Design highly experiential and visualized training curriculum and modules.
– Conduct pilot training with 30 finance officials from Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.
– Test adequacy and methodology of the training module during the pilot.
– Update training module based on pilot feedback.
– Enhance financial management practices in World Bank-assisted projects in Afghanistan and neighboring regions.