PEI supports the public institutions to formulate effective Pro-poor planning and budgetary policies for sustainable economic growth. It helped public institutions in implementation of decentralization, and to facilitate human development in NWFP. A key objective of decentralization is to improve the delivery of public services. Since 1999, the Government has embarked on reforms aimed at improving transparency and accountability of the budget processes and overall public expenditure management. PEI has the goal of reducing poverty and inequality. The fiscal capacities of regional governments vary considerably, and many governments in regions with large numbers of poor people have inadequate resources. Effective pro-poor planning and budgeting at the regional level remains a major challenge.
PEI produced poverty maps overlaid with budget information in various districts in NWFP. It helps local stakeholders visualize poverty and resource issues and budget accordingly. Capacity development for pro-poor planning and budgeting for a wide range of stakeholders was conducted for civil servants, district representatives, members of civil society organizations, journalists. The events have been tailored to the needs of the 11 districts of NWFP as well as to the national level counterparts.