About Seed

About SEED

Sustainable Energy and Economic Development (SEED) is a six-year, £37.5 million programme, funded by the United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). Adams Smith International (ASI) is implementing the first component (£15 million) of the programme. This component is aimed at improving economic and urban planning in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) to help the province plan and finance investments it needs for growth, jobs and prosperity. SEED commenced its inception in March 2020, with the objective of engaging counterparts within Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (GoKP) and undertake detailed scoping studies and assessments to inform the design of SEED’s implementation phase. The start of the programme coincided, however, with the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic and the economy threatened to slow to a halt. Quickly responding to the crisis, SEED adapted its focus to provide relevant and real-time Technical Assistance to the GoKP in order to help battle the crisis.

Our Work

SEED aspires to support progress in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa under five key components

Expanding fiscal space

Enhancing Public sector capacity for Investment Management and public private partnerships

Investment Mobilization in Priority Sectors

Unlocking investments through Policy Reforms and Innovative Pilots

Knowledge Management, Communication and Analysis

Approach and Outcomes

SEED’s programme outcomes closely complement the priorities of Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The programme aims to achieve these outcomes through its adaptive, politically astute approach of delivery, collaboration with development partners, and the ability to respond to stakeholders’ needs through Technical Assistance.

  • Higher levels of public and private investments
  • Enhanced capacity of public investment management
  • Greater economic, social and environmental dividends through public- private investments (PPP)
  • ctivation of a knowledge-driven economy in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Long term Strategy

SEED’s long-term strategy is based on a phased approach, including five distinct phases over the course of programme, focusing on inception, early implementation, scale-up, consolidation and exit. Early on, the programme has a wider canvas of interventions to test appetite, traction and uptake for reforms, with the most promising interventions to be scaled up. In later years, sustainability plans would be put in place to ensure that improved institutional capacity thrives even after SEED’s exit.


SEED designs and steers each intervention through the scope of
sustainability. This is achieved through supporting projects with
government’s ownership, building capability within government,
developing effective and agile institutions, and embedding as well
as transferring knowledge from SEED to its counterparts and

The sustainability mechanism of SEED will render key results for the
two primary beneficiary groups of the programme; Government of
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Citizens of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Sponsors & Stakeholders

SEED is funded by United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), and implemented by Adam Smith International Pakistan in partnership with  Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.