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Contributo italiano al Programma Promotion of Basic Services Fase III -PBS 3


Initiative timeframe: 2013/2016

Total initiative costs

€ 8,238,000.0
Reparted as
  • Loans € 8,000,000.0
  • Grants € 238,000.0

Dati finanziari aggiornati al 23.12.2015


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Afar Region Amhara Region Benishangul Region Gumuz Region Gambela Region Harari Region Oromiya Region Somali Region Tigray Region Southern Nations

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The Promotion of Basic Services (PBS) program contribute to reducing poverty and improving the standard of living of Ethiopians by expanding access and improving the quality of decentralized services delivery in five key sectors (education, health, agriculture, water supply and sanitation, and rural roads) by funding block grants to regions and strengthening institutions, transparency, accountability and financial management of governments at district level (woreda). It represents the largest multi-donor program in Ethiopia for financial volume with the Ethiopian Government being the main executive and financial entity of the program in line with the medium/long term sustainability goal. The PBS Program combines (A) a high-volume sub-program that finances recurrent expenditures for basic services at sub-national levels, (B) a system strengthening subprogram with three components to improve transparency and accountability systems at woreda level, and (C) a results enhancement fund to pilot performance-based approaches to remove constraints to reaching results. read more close

Main outcome

The PBS objective is to contribute to the higher-level objective of expanding access and improving the quality of basic services by funding block grants that ensure adequate staffing and operations, and by strengthening the capacity, transparency, accountability and financial management of sub-national governments. In such a way, the PBS overall objective is to assist Ethiopia’s progress towards achieving the MDGs. The program defines basic services as education, health, agriculture, water supply and sanitation and rural roads.

Initiative data

Initiative number 010198
Purpose Decentralisation and support to subnational govt.
Sector I.5.a. Government & Civil Society-general, Total


Agency MAE - Direzione Generale per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo
Counterpart authority Ministry of Finance ed Economic Development of Ethiopia
Other financiers Ethiopian Government; The World Bank; African Development Bank, DFID, EC, IDA, Austria


the whole population of Ethiopia namely 84 million people

Beneficiaries of which females 49.6%

Delays in the entry into force of the Bilateral Agreement between Italy and Ethiopia

Late entry into force of the Bilateral Agreement and disbursement of the Italian soft loan contribution. (still pending)

Actions taken

Project activities were implemented with grant resources provided by other donors

DfID’s withdrawal of support from PBS III

Financing gap in sub-programme B and Secretariat management budget

Actions taken

The Word Bank need to rethink the sub-programme B and fill the financing gaps

Ministry of Finance and Economic Development of Ethiopia

Financing of recurrent costs for basic services in the five key sectors at sub-national level

Status -
Type Works, Supply, Services
Procedure Competitive Bidding
Procurement notice Tender preparation

Embassy of Italy

Local funds managed by the Embassy to monitor and accompany the intervention

Status On Going
Type Technical Assistance/Consultancy and related expenses
Procedure Competitive Bidding
Procurement notice Tender preparation