Economic Growth & Development Projects

FATA Economic Pakistan:2014- onwards  - FATA Economic Stabilization Project (FATA ESP) – USAID
AbacusConsulting is the exclusive implementer of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) component of FATA Economic Stabilization Project (FATA ESP), a consortium led by Creative Associates. This include designing and implementation of a robust M&E Plan and Baseline plan as per USAID’s prescribed guidelines, performance monitoring throughout the life of the project and intermittent knowledge, Attitude and Practice Studies besides the midline and end-line surveys as part of the Impact Evaluation

 

FATA Institutional Strengthening Program Pakistan:2011-onwards  - FATA Institutional Strengthening Program – USAID Funded
Under this project AbacusConsulting’s is building medium- to longer-term institutional capacity of the FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas) Secretariat. It represents a multi-year effort focused on the goal of ensuring the institutional viability of the FATA Secretariat as a service-oriented government body capable of managing its myriad duties in a transparent and well-planned manner. The project focuses on Six Components namely, IT Support, PC-1 Automation, HR Support, Training and Systems Development, Communication and Monitoring & Evaluation.

 

FISP Pakistan:2011-onwards  - FATA Institutional Strengthening Program – USAID Funded
Under this project AbacusConsulting’s is building medium- to longer-term institutional capacity of the FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas) Secretariat. It represents a multi-year effort focused on the goal of ensuring the institutional viability of the FATA Secretariat as a service-oriented government body capable of managing its myriad duties in a transparent and well-planned manner. The project focuses on Six Components namely, IT Support, PC-1 Automation, HR Support, Training and Systems Development, Communication and Monitoring & Evaluation.

 

FISP Pakistan:2011-onwards  - FATA Institutional Strengthening Program – USAID Funded
Under this project AbacusConsulting’s is building medium- to longer-term institutional capacity of the FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas) Secretariat. It represents a multi-year effort focused on the goal of ensuring the institutional viability of the FATA Secretariat as a service-oriented government body capable of managing its myriad duties in a transparent and well-planned manner. The project focuses on Six Components namely, IT Support, PC-1 Automation, HR Support, Training and Systems Development, Communication and Monitoring & Evaluation.

 

FISP Pakistan:2011-onwards  - FATA Institutional Strengthening Program – USAID Funded
Under this project AbacusConsulting’s is building medium- to longer-term institutional capacity of the FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas) Secretariat. It represents a multi-year effort focused on the goal of ensuring the institutional viability of the FATA Secretariat as a service-oriented government body capable of managing its myriad duties in a transparent and well-planned manner. The project focuses on Six Components namely, IT Support, PC-1 Automation, HR Support, Training and Systems Development, Communication and Monitoring & Evaluation.

 

Financial Management Project Pakistan:2009-onwards  - Compensation and Benefits Survey, Etisalat Afghanistan, MTN Afghanistan, and TDC Afghanistan Ltd – Etisalat and MTN
AbacusConsulting was commissioned by the three leading telecom service providers in Afghanistan to conduct an in-depth study of Compensation and Benefits prevalent in Afghanistan. Abacus conducted a detailed job matching, analyzed each company’s relative standing in the marketplace and gave recommendations for aligning remuneration with the market. As an annual activity, five companies (i.e. Etisalat Afghanistan, MTN Afghanistan, TDC Afghanistan, Nokia-Siemens Networks Afghanistan, and FMFBA) have participated in 2010-11 Survey.

 

Financial Management Project Pakistan:2009-2012  - Punjab Resource Management Program (PRMP), Government of Punjab
PRMP is ADB loan and DFID financed comprehensive, medium-term policy reform program of Government of the Punjab. The program seeks to improve service delivery with particular emphasis on pro-poor sectors through structural reforms in systems and processes to manage public resources. Under this project Abacus Consulting has worked in consortium with Crown Agents and Oxford Policy Management. Abacus supported the Public Financial Management (PFM) component of the project where the focus was to improve budget preparation, execution and monitoring functions of the finance department.

 

Financial Management Project Pakistan:2007- 2012  - Provincial Reform Programme and Capacity Building of FATA
Abacus Consulting, with its international partner has been engaged by DFID to design and implement a programme of support to the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province (GoKPK) in implementing its Provincial Reform Programme. The programme is assisting to 1) improve Public Financial Management and human resource management systems to deliver scaled up resource allocations effectively to the districts; 2) improve monitoring and evaluation capabilities, including improving the availability and collation of data, as well as ensuring that data is used effectively by decision makers; and 3) improve aid effectiveness in NWFP, consistent with the principles of alignment, harmonisation, results based management and mutual accountability.

 

Financial Management Project Pakistan:2006  - Program management support for the launch of e-Marketplace, Aregon.com, Jordan
Abacus Consulting was engaged to provide program management support services where around 50 professionals were divided into two main work streams: Technology Stream and Business Stream having further sub-work streams of 9 and 4 respectively. Abacus Consulting team provided assistance in the areas of goal setting and milestone management, scope and sourcing contract management, delivery and acceptance management, cost and benefits management, risk and issues management, team infrastructure and knowledge management.

 

Financial Management Project Pakistan:2005-2008  - Organisational Restructuring Project, Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited, CIDA / World Bank, Government of Pakistan
Under this project, Abacus Consulting’s team conducted a comprehensive due diligence and a review of existing organisational structure, business processes and human resources studies of the leading natural gas supply company in Pakistan, which was directed at working out viable rightsizing options and an implementation plan. The evaluation of current status was compared to a baseline date and the annualized increase in facilities and services. The duplications, overlaps, fragmentation and redundancies thus identified, assisted in working out recommendations for manpower rationalisation. The financial impact and the legal aspects of rightsizing were also worked out in detail, and various implementation options based on a time-phased plan were presented.

 

Financial Management Project Pakistan:2003  - Organisational Restructuring and Strategic Visioning, Bahria Town (Pvt.) Ltd, Pakistan
Through this project Abacus Consulting conducted a comprehensive strategic visioning exercise. Starting from the “As-Is” analysis, the key areas where the consulting team was involved include re-alignment of business and corporate strategy, formulation of the shared mission statement, vision and strategic objectives, institutional governance, branding, ERP, asset management system parameterisation, organisation structure formulation and human resource revamping.

 

Financial Management Project Pakistan:2003-2004 and 2006-2012  - Moving to a Medium Term Budget Framework (MTBF) – Phase I & II (Extension)
As a major partner in consortium led by OPM, Abacus Consulting has been assisting the Government of Pakistan to implement its one of the most important public-sector reforms called ‘Medium Term Budgetary Framework’. The main purpose of the project was to reform the Pakistan’s budget preparation process. Through a full time team based in the Ministry of Finance, Abacus has been providing technical assistance - in macroeconomic forecasting, budgetary management, and organizational development of all federal ministries. A purpose built software application developed by Abacus’s team and implemented across the federal government. Under the project Abacus has trained several hundreds of Government officials of different seniority on the new budgeting process and the software. The MTBF is a system of budgetary management adopted in developed and developing countries alike. This system aims to strengthen and rationalize the budgetary process through 1) introducing a medium term perspective to the budget, by casting annual budget preparation within a rolling three-year planning and budgeting framework; 2) strengthening the strategic allocation of resources, through the development of capacity in forecasting medium term resource availability and procedures which establish the government’s strategic priorities for the use of those resources; 3) adoption of output-based budgeting techniques, which identify the costs of delivery of services so that this information can be used by policymakers, ministries and managers to plan future budget allocations and service delivery. With particular reference to Education, Abacus has helped Ministry of Education (devolved) in harmonizing its national education policy with its goal, outcomes and outputs (services areas).

 

Financial Management Project Pakistan:2000  - Review of Financial Management and Development of Strategy, NEDA
The project involved a critical organisational and technical review of financial management systems of the Government of Bhutan. In the first step a detailed assessment was conducted and recommendations made towards developing the new financial management and compliance system including the strategy for applying appropriate IT technologies, followed by providing assistance in implementing several components of the project.

 

Financial Management Project Pakistan:1997-2005  - Project for Improvement of Financial Reporting and Auditing (PIFRA), World Bank, Pakistan Audit Department, Controller General of Accounts, Government of Pakistan
As part of financial management reform program, (PIFRA) project was designed to support introduction of a top-to-bottom government budgeting, accounting, and auditing system. Beginning its first phase in 1997 and still ongoing, PIFRA has reached a satisfactory level of implementation. Based on a diagnostic analysis of the status of accounting and auditing functions, Abacus Consulting helped improve public sector accounting and financial systems, including budgeting, the basis for enhancing public sector Accountability and institutional capacity for economic policymaking and management.

 

Financial Management Project Pakistan:1997-2001  - Pakistan Sales Tax Administration Strengthening Project, Federal Board of Revenue, DFID, Government of Pakistan
Abacus Consulting was commissioned by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) to provide assistance to the Pakistan Federal Board of Revenue (CBR), to transform the existing Sales Tax from commodity based tax into a VAT (Value Added Tax). The project began to develop the process and procedures with particular focus to audit and produced two set of audit manuals. It then designed and imparted training to in-service and new recruits in Sales Tax. In light of the changes, an organisational level programme was developed to launch it that included a separate organisational review of the Sales Tax administration, IT readiness and mass-communication strategy etc. Throughout the period, Abacus Consulting assisted FBR to coordinate with other key stakeholders such as IMF. Building on the successful execution, Abacus Consulting continued providing services in the area of tax policy, audit training, procedures updating, investigation and fraud detection.