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Sindh Government holds a consultation workshop on implementation of Poverty Reduction Strategy

May 9, 2019

Karachi, May 09, 2019 (PPI-OT): A Consultation workshop by the Sindh Government was held. The purpose of the workshop was to engage and continue dialogue with key stakeholders as part of the implementation of the Poverty Reduction Strategy of the Government of Sindh. The key agenda of the workshop covered input from the core district administration, RSPs, and Community Institutions on the establishment of a pilot Rural Growth Center in district Sujawal. The Rural Growth Center is a point within a cluster of villages which provide goods and services to its own population as well as surrounding areas. This approach leads to low unit cost and high economies of scale.

The Poverty Reduction Strategy with specific focus on Community Driven Local Development policy has been developed as a result of continuous engagement, dialogue and discussion between various stakeholders identified during the inception stage. The Sindh Cabinet formally approved and adopted the Poverty Reduction Strategy on 16th November 2018 and agreed a proposed budget of PKR 72.5 bn for its implementation over an initial five-year period. The Poverty Reduction Strategy illustrates a three-dimensional approach to reduce poverty at both rural and urban level and includes a policy for community driven local development (CDLD).

The first strategy includes continuation of “Peoples Poverty Reduction Program” to carry out poverty reduction interventions of financial and other support and capacity building at grass roots community level, based on social mobilization, as well as extending the CDLD approach via selected line departments. The second approach envisages reducing urban poverty by adding urban economic clusters and creating linkages between rural and urban poverty reduction initiatives. The third strategy involves a model of Rural Growth Centers (RGC) to function as service hubs to provide improved facilities and services to clusters of geographically connected and demographically viable villages.

Four target districts – have been selected by the Sindh Government – Thatta, Sujawal, Badin, Tharparkar which have also been approved for the identification and establishment of rural hubs as a potential pilot project with an initial allocation of Rs. 500 million. The pioneering initiative in rural development and poverty reduction is the flagship program of the Government of Sindh to tackle poverty at the house hold level which has received international recognition.

The European Union through the technical assistance approach of eradicating poverty has developed mutual trust and understanding to work together by supplementing the efforts of the government through its SUCCESS program in Sindh. The financing agreement for the SUCCESS programme identifies a total budget of EUR 82.13 million for the six-year programme. SUCCESS is an EU-funded project working with the government of Sindh to support and optimize the implementation of Pakistan’s first ever community-driven poverty reduction strategy.

For more information, contact:
Information and Archives Department
Directorate of Press Information
Government of Sindh
95-Sindh Secretariat 4-B, Karachi, Pakistan
Tel: +92-21-99204423, +92-21-99204401
Email: pressinformationzubair@gmail.com
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