USAID launches gender equity and small grants programmes
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