USAID launches gen­der eq­uity and small grants pro­grammes

The Pak Banker - - 2national -

KARACHI: United States of Amer­ica un­der its In­ter­na­tional Aid for Devel­op­ment ( USAID) has launched its US $40 mil­lion gen­der eq­uity pro­gramme and US $ 50 mil­lion small grants and am­bas­sador's fund Pro­gramme for lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

The two pro­grammes, each for five-year du­ra­tion, will ex­ten­sively in­volve com­mu­ni­ties and NGOs from ev­ery part of Pak­istan and will be man­aged through Au­rat Foun­da­tion, Asia Foun­da­tion and Na­tional Ru­ral Sup­port Pro­gramme (NRSP) re­spec­tively.

USAID Rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Arif Per­vaiz, NRCP's Sha­keel Kakakhel, Au­rat Foun­da­tion's Mehnaz Rehman and Asia Foun­da­tion's Simi Ka­mal in a launch­ing cer­e­mony dis­cussed de­tails of the schemes mainly fo­cussed on em­pow­er­ment of marginal­ized sec­tions of the so­ci­ety.

Mem­bers of CBOs and NGOs from Sindh were par­tic­u­larly in­vited to seek de­tails about the scheme.

They were in­formed that each of their pro­pos­als would be as­sessed by the rep­utable NGOs who would also be re­quired to ex­plain ac­cep­tance or re­jec­tion of any of the pro­pos­als to the ap­pli­cants as well as the donor agency.

"We would en­sure that ul­tra poor are not ig­nored," said Simi Ka­mal in re­ply to a query by a CBO rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

She said un­der the Gen­der Eq­uity Pro­gramme equal at­ten­tion will be paid to­wards land­less peas­ants.

Com­mu­nity, Civil So­ci­ety Or­ga­ni­za­tions and NGOs were in­vited to ex­ten­sively sub­mit their mean­ing­ful schemes for the em­pow­er­ment of down trod­den. Sha­keel Kakakhel in his pre­sen­ta­tion on The Small Grants Pro­gramme and Am­bas­sador's Fund Pro­gramme (SGAFP) said both these pro­grammes will sup­port projects re­lated to ed­u­ca­tion, health gov­er­nance, agri­cul­ture, en­ergy, eco­nomic growth and so­cial as­sis­tance.

"The valid pro­posal is needed to be unique and in­no­va­tive," he said.

It must also be in­de­pen­dently orig­i­nated and not be an ad­vance pro­posal for a known USAID re­quire­ment that can be acquired through a com­pet­i­tive method. -App

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