A recent delegation comprising of Director of Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (ACIS) Dr. Santa Mole, World Bank officials and senior officials from Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) visited the District Swat of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to review the progress and ascertain impact of the Programme for Poverty Reduction, a five-year, 40 million Euro Program financed by the Italian Government through the AICS.
Under Programme for Poverty Reduction, more than 4,000 community institutions (43% women representation) have been formed and strengthened. 5,049 individuals (48% women) have received productive assets while more than11,000individuals (42% women) have undertaken livelihoods trainings. As many as 753 infrastructure schemes consisting of clean drinking water, link roads,flood protection works, irrigation and renewable energy projects have also been completed.
Under the health component around 865 community resource persons(60% women)in health, lady health workers and community midwives have been trained around disease prevention and health seeking behavior, nutrition and maternal and child health. In education, the programme provides selected communities with an improved access to education and increased literacy level. 88,084 students (44% girls) have been supported in 728 programme supported government and community schools. Community resource persons and teachers have received trainings in educational related themes including development of school development plans, awareness on right to education, innovative teaching approaches and running schools as a social enterprise.
The delegation met with members of local support organizations,asset recipients under the livelihood component and communities benefitting from educationand health facilities and infrastructure projects being implemented in village LandaiKabal and village Maloch of district Swat.
Dr. Mole shared “The objective of Programme for Poverty Reduction is to reduce the poverty of the marginalized communities in Pakistan. We aim to do this by supporting creation of sustainable conditions of social and economic development, including income and production capacity increase in Programme areas. We greatly appreciate PPAF’s efforts in implementing infrastructure projects and schemes in remote areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.” During her visit, Dr. Mole inaugurated a 1,100 feet concrete link road now connects the village DheroKhaimdara of union council Bar Abakhelin Swat, KPK with main road Dhero.Benefitting more than 100 households, the link road will improve their access to the market, and facilities like education and health.