Maxwell Stamp PLC (MSP) has been contracted by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) as the Managing Agent (MA) for the Strengthening Public Financial Management for Social Protection (SPFMSP), a 40 months technical assistance project aimed to support the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) in the area of social protection.
The SPFMSP project is a part of a larger five-component DFID-funded Strengthening Government Social Protection for the Poor (SGSP) Programme launched in 2014. The aim of the overall SGSP Programme is to support the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) establish policies, budgets and plans for a more effective and efficient social protection system.
Other parts of SGSP are being delivered by four implementing partners: the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Food Programme (WFP), the World Bank (WB) and the Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF), a local Bangladeshi NGO. As such, SGSP covers five specific components:
- The World Bank (WB) is conducting institutional analysis and assessment of key Social Safety Net (SSN) programmes along with Public expenditure reviews of the social protection schemes.
- United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is working with the Planning Commission and Cabinet Division on the National Social Security Strategy (NSSS).
- World Food Programme (WFP) is engaging with the Ministry of Women & Child Affairs (MoW&CA) on the Vulnerable Group Development (VGD) programme and, to support the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) on the panel survey building on the existing collaboration with BBS and WFP. In addition, WFP will work with the BBS to implement an annual panel survey linked to the national household income and expenditure survey (HIES) and support the government to implement reforms in the Vulnerable Group Development scheme.
- Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF) is establishing an independent platform to facilitate engagement of civil society on the NSSS and build on its experience of engaging civil society organisations in policy dialogues by undertaking research, advocacy, and act as an effective challenge function in monitoring the existing schemes.
- Maxwell Stamp PLC (MSP) is implementing the SPFMSP component, a technical assistance (TA) project to the Ministry of Finance (MoF). The objective of SPFMSP is to improve social protection policy-making, strategic planning, financing, implementation and monitoring and to build individual and organisational capacity. This support is being provided mainly to the Finance Division, MoF, where a new Social Protection Budget Management Unit (SPBMU) is being established. Assistance also will be provided to six other implementing Line Ministries – the Ministry of Social Welfare (MSW), the Ministry of Primary Education (MoPME), the Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs (MoWCA), the Ministry of Education (MoE), the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) and the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief (MoDMR). Overall, SPFMSP aims to ensure that the MoF and implementing line ministries are equipped to deliver their roles in the reform of the social protection programmes in Bangladesh. The underlying objective, therefore, is to transfer skills and capacity to these organisations.
MSP, as the Management Agency and consortium lead for the SPFMSP project, has joined forces with the Economic Policy Research Institute (EPRI) (South Africa), HelpAge International (HAI) (UK), Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) (Bangladesh) and Maxwell Stamp Ltd. (MSL) (Bangladesh) to ensure efficient and effective implementation of SPFMSP.
The Economic Policy Research Institute (EPRI), was founded in 1994 and is a non-profit independent research institute based in Cape Town, South Africa. EPRI is committed to pro-poor, equitable and inclusive economic growth and social protection for vulnerable people as a developmental response to poverty. EPRI is involved in Research, Capacity Building and Policy Advisory work.
HelpAge International (HAI) believes that the contribution older people make to society is invaluable. Yet older people remain some of the poorest and most neglected in the world. HAI is committed to helping them claim their rights, challenge discrimination and overcome poverty. The vision of HAI is of a world in which all older people can lead dignified, active, healthy and secure lives. They work with their partners to ensure that people everywhere understand how much older people contribute to society and that they must enjoy their right to healthcare, social services and economic and physical security. They believe that “age helps” – a position which puts the experience of older women and men at the centre of their work.
The Bangladesh Unnayan Gobeshona Protishthan or Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) is an autonomous public multi-disciplinary organization which conducts policy-oriented research on development issues facing Bangladesh and other developing countries. The mission is to facilitate learning in development solutions by conducting credible research, fostering policy dialogue, disseminating policy options, and developing coalitions to promote informed policy making. The Institute also conducts training on research methodologies and carries out evaluation of development interventions. In that pursuit, BIDS is involved in collection and generation of socio-economic data for carrying out analytical and policy loaded research on current economic and social issues and dissemination of research findings and knowledge on developmental concerns to support policy formulation. BIDS researchers also contribute directly to formulation of government policies through their interactions and participation in the policy-making process.
Maxwell Stamp is one of the world’s leading international economics consultancies. Established in 1959, they have over 50 years of experience in over 165 countries and territories. Their track record in transition and developing countries is unparalleled from Albania to Zambia. They are London-based, but have a permanent office in Bangladesh named Maxwell Stamp Ltd. and project offices around the world. Their wide range of clients includes national and regional governments, international organisations, NGOs and public and private sector companies.