New livelihood project to uplift Afghan refugees and Pakistani communities living in extreme poverty

The poverty project targets families earning less than $1.25 a day.

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“UNHCR Representative in Pakistan, Ms Ruvendrini Menikdiwela and Chief Executive Officer of PPAF, Mr Qazi Azmat Isa signing the project document.”


The United Nations Commission for Human Rights (UNHCR), along with The PPAF (Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund), has launched a new livelihood project on the 8th Jan 2020. The project aims to target Afghan refugees and Pakistani communities living in extreme poverty, thus, providing sustainable livelihood opportunities.

The total estimate of the project is worth 320 million. The project aims to target 3000 households of the Pakistani community directly benefiting from the PPAF livelihood programme. The targeted location of the project is Mansehra and Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Chaghi, Baluchistan.

Under this programme, the most vulnerable and financially weak households would benefit. The programme provides intensive coaching in the area of agriculture and entrepreneurship and livestock. To support such initiatives, steps will also be taken for financial inclusion as well.

The project also complements the government’s flagship; “Ehsaas programme”.

The UNHCR representative in Pakistan Ruven Menikdiwela and PPAF’s CEO Qazi Azmat said that such projects are essential to uplift those who are living under the poverty line. It will assist them and add to their financial development.

The poverty project targets families earning less than $1.25 a day and who are lacking basic access to services. It will provide them with market-based opportunities and self-reliance.

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