Poverty Alleviation and Sustainable Livelihoods

This program pillar of SDF particularly focuses on Women Empowerment and Economic Development.

Gender inequality is a recognized issue in Pakistan and the country has the second lowest ranking in the 2016 Global Gender Gap Report of the World Economic Forum on women’s economic participation. Women’s labour force participation is merely 24 percent. Government budget allocated for basic social services such as health and education is not adequate to address the growing population’s needs. 45.6 percent of the Pakistani population is living below the poverty line. About 70 percent of Pakistan’s economy is informal and women are overrepresented in it and are usually termed as home-based, piece-rate/ own account workers, or domestic workers with limited access to decent wages or social security benefits. With few economic and entrepreneur opportunities to women in the country, mostly poor women chose to do home based work. Such informal women workers, in both rural and urban localities, are largely illiterate and lack financial independence.

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Violence further exacerbates women’s secondary position in the society and according to the Demographic Health Survey. Women’s subordinate position in the household and society in general and their limited access to economic and social services and financial resources make them more vulnerable.

Studies show that improving the level of gender equality in education and employment would lead to better economic growth. Global Gender Gap report 2016 draws a positive link between gender equality and per capita GDP and human

development indicators. There is growing evidence that gender gaps in labor force participation, entrepreneurial activity, and education obstruct economic growth. The opportunity for women to earn and control income has been associated with broader economic development, and total factor productivity gains. Moreover, strategies such as institutional strengthening, technical advisory services and capacity enhancement of the government, civil society organizations and associations and groups of women informal workers support the adoption and implementation of policies and laws, and generation of gender disaggregated statistics.

In this regard, SDF focuses particularly on “women focused micro-financing”, “promoting women entrepreneurship” through skill development and developing market linkages.

During extreme events such as drought, floods and other climate-related disasters, women face additional risks, in large part due to gender inequities that result in women bearing the disproportional brunt of disaster impacts.

Previous Projects

Sungi Strategic Plan I-II-III
Funded by Oxfam Novib, of 260,510,941, Multi sectoral program in 4 districts of Hazara and one district of AJK from 2000-2012 including:
  • Formation of WASH groups
  • Rehabilitation and construction of water supply schemes
  • Construction of latrines
  • Awareness raising on health and hygiene

Rehabilitation and construction project
Funded by Save the Children-WATSAN , of 89,510,321, from 2008-2010
  • Rehabilitation of 300 water supply schemes in Mansehra.

Sustainable Livelihood Rehabilitation Project (SLRP)
Funded by Canadian Hunger Foundation (CHF) Recon, of 123,886,131, from 2008-2012.
  • Formation of WASH groups
  • Rehabilitation and construction of water supply schemes
  • Construction of latrines
  • Awareness raising on health and hygiene

Rehabilitation of Water and sanitation services in earthquake Areas
Funded by Norwegian Church Aid - Rehabilitation of Water and Sanitation Services, of 3,027,583, from 2009-2010
  • Installation of 50 hand pumps
  • Construction of 50 latrines

Sustainable Livelihood Rehabilitation
Funded by Norwegian Church Aid, of PKR 34,280,520,from 2010-2011
  • Installation of 350 hand pumps
  • Construction of 250 latrines

Assistance to Conflict Affected Families in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Funded by Norwegian Church Aid, of 2,230,684, from 2011-2012
  • Installation of 65 hand pumps
  • Construction of 45 latrines
  • Awareness raising on hygiene

Women Led total Sanitation
Funded by Australian Aid, of 2,760,970 PKR, from 2012- 2013
  • Rehabilitation of 20 water supply schemes

Women Led total Sanitation
Funded by Australian Aid, of 2,760,970 PKR, from 2012- 2013
  • Rehabilitation of 20 water supply schemes

Rehabilitation of Infrastructure in selected flood area
Funded by Oxfam Novib, of 7,197,469 PKR, from 2012-2013
  • Rehabilitation of 22 water supply schemes

Assistance to Flood Affected Communities in Pakistan 2012
Funded by Norwegian Church Aid, of 44,636,363 PKR, from 2012-2013
  • Installation of 500 hand pumps
  • Construction of 650 latrines

Assistance to Flood Affected Communities in Pakistan 2012
Funded by DKH , of 30,856,776 PKR, from 2012-2013
An integrated DRR project where one component was WASH which included:
  • Rehabilitation of 22 water supply schemes

Ongoing Projects

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