General budget support was suspended in Ethiopia following political disturbances after the May 2005 elections. Development partners have now introduced a new and more accountable mechnism for channeling money through the Government of Ethiopia to protect and promote basic services for the poor. This programme is known as the Protection of Basic Services (PBS) and includes stingent measures to ensure transparency and accountability. PBS is providing financial support through Government channels, requiring the Government to spend the money on basic social services and also to maintain its own financial commitments to these services.

PBS consists of the following four main components: Sub-national Basic Services; Health MDG Performance Facility; Financial Transparency and Accountability; and Social Accountability.The objective of the Second Phase of the Protection of Basic Services Program Project (PBSII) is to contribute to expanding access and improving the quality of basic services in education, health, agriculture, water supply and sanitation, and rural roads delivered by subnational governments in Ethiopia, while continuing to deepen transparency and local accountability in service delivery. Four subprograms are the components of this project.

The African Development Bank support to the PBS PDF Print E-mail

The African Development Bank is the fourth largest donor to Ethiopia and involvement in the PBS II will enable our institution to apply lessons learnt from PBS I and other operations to deepen governance policy engagement with the Government and other stakeholders around issues of transparency, accountability,and empowerment. These issues feature prominently in the recently prepared CGP. In a related development, the country has signed up to the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) that will examine these governance issues in greater detail. The Bank is the only member of the four largest donors that will participate in the APRM as a technical partner in leading the process. Drawing from the experience gained from other countries that have gone through the APRM process, decentralization and local governance issues related to transparency and accountability are likely to be identified as prime areas requiring attention.

The overall programme being co-financed by Government and other donors is to be delivered by way of 4 main components. Government contributes two thirds of the program's financing while all donors contribute a third, directly to the Federal Consolidated Revenue Account. In line with agreed areas of focus drawn from the CSP and the Bank's Governance Strategy and Action Plan; the ADF will finance components 1 and 3 only. (Read more)


Relevant Documents and links:

Protecting Basic Services, Phase II Government’s Implementation Completion Report


Third Phase of Promoting Basic Services Program Project : procurement plan (English)- World Bank

Ethiopia Promoting Basic Services Program Phase III Project : P128891 - Implementation Status Results Report : Sequence 01 (English) - World Bank

Third Phase of Promoting Basic Services Program Project : procurement plan (English) - World Bank

Links to all World Bank documents on PBS III

Multi-Annual Review of PBS Programme

PBS II - World Bank Project Appraisal document (1.41 MB)

PBS Project Document

Aid Memoire_Joint Reveiw and Implementation Support Mission (6-10 April 2010)

Aid Memoire_Joint Reveiw and Implementation Support Mission (12-20 November 2009)

Fourth Quarter Progress Report of PBS - GIZ

World Bank PBS financing Brief

JBAR Final Report (November 2007)


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