EB approved a national programme for Pakistan - NPGP.
The overall goal of the programme is to assist the ultra-poor and very poor in graduating out of poverty on a sustainable basis; simultaneously improving their overall food security, nutritional status and resilience to climate change. NPGP is designed to catalyze change at the grassroots to pull people out of poverty, building largely (but not exclusively) upon BISP beneficiaries and leveraging PMIFL to build a smooth ‘seamless service’ where the poorest can move from consumption support to asset transfers to interest fee loans to microcredit.
The project will cover 17 districts including one agency in FATA in order to demonstrate a national representative model that is scalable. Areas will be selected keeping in view available resources and need to achieve demonstrable impact. The primary target group for asset transfers falls between 0-18 on the PSC and for access to finance a further target group of 19-40 has been identified (with the overall target group for interest free loans being 12-40). Currently the available resources under the NPGP allow distribution of assets to 156,240 households (estimated cost US$ 467 per package). The project will work with poorest households in 331 Union Councils across the districts and agency identified. 330 households per UC falling in the 0-18 category will receive assets. Households falling between the ranges 12-40 in these UCs will be supported to access finance (through the PMIFL). Each loan will be recycled at least 3-4 times during the life of the programme, extending 214,000 loans (157,271 households). Aggregating the beneficiary numbers of asset transfer and loan receiving households (will give the programme a total beneficiary number of nearly 320,000 households (representing over 2 million individuals).
Expected outcomesof NPGP include:
· Improved livelihoods, living conditions and income-generative capacities for poor households and the youth (with diversified assets for sustainability in moving up the poverty ladder)
· Women from ultra-poor and poor households experience higher levels of socio-economic empowerment and their families experience improved nutrition and food security
· Target populations have improved access to financial services and investment opportunities
· Strengthened dialogue and knowledge sharing on pro-poor (and climate resilient) poverty reduction policies, supported with evidence-based research.