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PPAF celebrates Earth Day,April 22, 2015

Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund celebrated Earth Day on April 22, 2015. The Day broadens the base of support for environmental programs, rekindles public commitment and builds community activism through a broad range of events and activities. It reminds each of us that the Earth and its ecosystems provide us with life and sustenance and we need to protect it.
PPAF accords highest importance to environmental protection and recognizes it as a collective responsibility to promote harmony with nature to achieve a just balance among economic, social and environmental needs.
PPAF also engaged its partners and community organizations to organize Earth Day ceremonies at their respective localities and discover energy to channel it into building a clean, healthy and a green environment for generations to come.

16 Days of Activism Campaign,December 12, 2014

Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund’s Gender Committee (GenCom) celebrated 16 days campaign captioned Activism Against Gender-Based Violence from November 25, 2014 to December 10, 2014. Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign originating from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute coordinated by the Center for Women's Global Leadership in 1991. During the campaign, the GenCom, in collaboration with Communications & Media Unit, organized a number of activities that encouraged all staff members to participate and express their solidarity to support gender equity and inclusion within PPAF. Participants shared their thoughts in the form of statements using key words such as acceptance, respect, dignity and ending violence against women and children. The campaign culminated with a half day event which featured activities and achievements of PPAF Gender Committee and prize distribution among winners of an earlier gender sensitization campaign at PPAF titled “It’s All About Us” to help GenCom develop its vision.

PPAF's First International Research Conference, April 2-3 2014

Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund has, for the past decade, endeavored to alleviate poverty across the country through its various programs and activities geared toward local communities. To augment these efforts and to ensure sustainability and innovation in our approach, policies and methodologies, we have understood the need of bridging the gap between development practice and research. PPAFs various collaborations with academic and research institutes manifests this commitment to evidence-based planning and course correction of its programs. PPAF’s long standing partnership with the World Bank’s Development Economics Research Group (DECRG) – covering over six years of structured research work – is ready to be showcased. Towards this end, PPAF is convening its First International Conference on Research and Learning. The conference is being held on April 2nd- 3rd 2014 at the Pak-China Friendship Centre, Islamabad (please see attached agenda for details). Findings and new research projects from PPAFs other research partnerships with prestigious institutes like Centre for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP), Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), and Oxford University will also be presented and discussed.

PPAF celebrates International Women’s Day 2014, Friday - March 7,2014

Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) has conferred the third Amtul Raqeeb Award on seven courageous women to honour and acknowledge their outstanding contribution and becoming a role model in community-driven development in their respective communities on the occasion of International Women’s Day 2014. Chief guest Justice (Retd.) Yasmin Abbasey, Federal Ombudsman for Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace, conferred the award on seven PPAF-supported community members from across Pakistan at a ceremony held on PPAF premises. Hailing from different regions of the country, this year’s Amtul Award recipients’ included Asma Attaullah (Balochistan), Nusrat Yousaf (AJ&K), Kulsoom Akhtar (Multan), Rubina Lashari (Thatta), Zewar Bano (Gilgit-Baltistan), Samina (Swat) and Abida Mustafa (Balochistan).

Interactive theatre on health & hygiene practices, February 2-7,2014

Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) organized a week-long interactive theatre in Seraiki and Punjabi languages for communities based in Khairey Wala and Aulakh Thal Kalan union councils of district Layyah (Punjab) from February 2-7, 2014 on open defecation and community-led total sanitation. The performances were aimed at creating awareness among communities through self-realization of harmful effects of open defecation, triggering change in sanitation behaviors and providing an effective platform to communities for developing linkages and improving coordination with district government, civil society organizations and media, etc. The interactive theatre performances were organized at six different settlements in two union councils of Layyah in collaboration with PPAF partner organization Rural Community Development Society (RCDS), which received an overwhelming response from communities who had never witnessed such an activity.

PPAF – PODA organize conference on rural women, Wednesday, October 30 , 2013

The government is doing a lot for the empowerment of women but they are still harassed at the workplace, which is one of the major impediments to their development. This was stated by Federal Ombdusperson Yasmin Abbasi while chairing one of the sessions at the two-day women conference captioned “Rural Women: Development, Peace and Pluralism” organized by Potohar Organization for Development Advocacy with the support of Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund at Lok Virsa, Islamabad. Chief Executive, PODA, Samina Nazir, was also present on this occasion. She said that the government has passed a number of legislations from the Parliament to secure the rights of women but everyone of us will have to play role in achievement of the desired results. She said that there is a need to create awareness among women of rural areas or less accessed communities. Dilating about the “Protection Against Harassment of Women at Workplace Act”, she said that every office was bound to establish a three-member harassment committee to ensure rights of female employees.

PPAF – KfW renewable energy project in KP, Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) has announced the launch of Euro 10 million multi-technology renewable energy project focusing on deprived and marginalized communities in 10 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province including Chitral, Upper Dir, Lower Dir, Swat, Buner, Swabi, Karak, Bannu, Hangu and Lakki Marwat. The project is funded by the Federal Republic of Germany, through the German Development Bank – KfW, and is envisioned to be followed by a second phase of Euro 12.5 million. A simple ceremony to this effect was held at Islamabad Club with former caretaker Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shamas-ul-Mulk in the chair. Deputy Head of Mission, German Embassy, Islamabad, Peter Felten, Head of Division, Crisis & Governance, KfW, Jens Clausen, CEO PPAF Qazi Azmat Isa and senior officials of PPAF and its partner organizations were also present on this occasion.

PPAF-supported artisans showcase artwork, September 27-28, 2013

The Enterprise Development managed participation of PPAF-supported artisans and entrepreneurs at Expo Pakistan organized by Tourism Development Authority Pakistan in Karachi. A group of 12 artisans and entrepreneurs from Quetta, Sukkur, Tharparkar, Karachi, Multan and Balakot displayed handmade embroidery including block printing, ajrak, phulkari, blue pottery, camel skin and gabba work for varied international and national audience. This initiative provided an unprecedented opportunity to the participants to witness a showcase of high quality products and enabled artisans to develop long term business linkages at local and international levels. Artisans also learned the best practices to produce trendy products and improve their existing product line.

Drought Mitigation and Preparedness Project (RODH MALAZAI)(2004-2014)

PPAF has signed an MoU with Rural Support Programmes Network (RSPN) for long-term mutual collaboration in promoting cooperation in knowledge management and research development. Under the agreement, both the institutions will promote sustainable participatory rural development for poverty alleviation with particular reference to use resources for research and knowledge management. Both institutions will work together focusing on poverty and livelihood issues, strengthening monitoring and evaluation systems, identifying key research areas and promotion of equity-focused research. Mr. Shoaib Sultan Khan, Chairman RSPN, Ms. Shandana Khan, Chief Executive Officer, RSPN and Qazi Azmat Isa, CEO PPAF signed the agreement.

RSPN-PPAF MoU - August 16, 2013

PPAF has signed an MoU with Rural Support Programmes Network (RSPN) for long-term mutual collaboration in promoting cooperation in knowledge management and research development. Under the agreement, both the institutions will promote sustainable participatory rural development for poverty alleviation with particular reference to use resources for research and knowledge management. Both institutions will work together focusing on poverty and livelihood issues, strengthening monitoring and evaluation systems, identifying key research areas and promotion of equity-focused research. Mr. Shoaib Sultan Khan, Chairman RSPN, Ms. Shandana Khan, Chief Executive Officer, RSPN and Qazi Azmat Isa, CEO PPAF signed the agreement.

Microfinance Summit, July 8-10, 2013

PPAF organized three-day Microfinance Summit 2013, which provided a unique experience sharing platform to sector regulators, practitioners, microfinance institutions and partners to learn from best practices and enable access of microentrepreneurs to relatively cheap financial products and services.

8th Citi-PPAF Microentrepreneurship Awards, June 27, 2013

With the financial assistance of Citi, PPAF organized the 8th Citi-PPAF Microentrepreneurship Award ceremony. Specific goals of Citi-PPAF Microentrepreneurship Awards program are to raise awareness about microfinance, particularly among microentrepreneurs who could benefit from it, to recognize and celebrate the contributions that microentrepreneurs bring to the world economy and to highlight best practices in microentrepreneurship.

Tapping Community Resilience and Potential for Change, June 18-19, 2013

PPAF, in collaboration with its partner Sarhad Rural Support Programme (SRSP), organized two-day capacity building workshop titled ‘Tapping Community Resilience and Potential for Change’ in Islamabad to capacitate third tier organizations (LSOs) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Besides others, the workshop was attended by representatives of 45 LSOs of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

LADDO Elections 2013, June 15, 2013

Elections for the office-bearers of the Livestock and Dairy Development Organization (LADO), a Community Organization formed by PPAF, taking place at a village in district Nankana Sahib, Punjab province. PPAF has formed over 436,000 community organizations and groups all over the country.

PPAF launches measles campaign, June 14, 2013

PPAF launched an awareness campaign on measles outbreak as well as on hazardous impacts of open defecation among the poor and marginalized communities in Punjab and Sindh. An orientation workshop in this regard in Lahore, which was presided by PPAF Senior Group Head, Public Goods and Services, Zaffar Pervez Sabri and attended by over 100 representatives of its partner organizations, local support & village organizations, community organizations and officials of PPAF.

Annual Retreat, May 24, 2013

PPAF organized Annual Retreat for its entire staff with the purpose of team building, learning lessons though peeping into the past and reviewing existing strategies aimed at the betterment of communities with futuristic vision. The Team PPAF were inculcated problem-solving and team building spirit through different simple but fun-filled but highly participatory exercises.

Art Bazaar, April 27, 2013

PPAF-supported artisans got a rare opportunity to showcase and sell their handicraft to the international audience at an art Bazaar organized by the Canadian Embassy in Pakistan aimed at fund raising for schools in the vicinity. Out of 50 stalls, 18 stalls were managed by PPAF in which local artisans displayed their varied range of handicraft which got immense attraction by the foreign visitors.

Amtul Raqeeb Awards, March 8, 2013

PPAF organized the second Amtul Raqeeb Awardceremony on its premises, where five lady teachers, a medical technician and a lady health visitor, who were gunned by unidentified assailants on their way back from Sher Afzal Banda near Swabi Interchange on January 1, 2013, were conferred the award posthumously.

PPAF & World Bank committed to empowering poor, February 28, 2013

PPAF and its partner Sungi Development Foundation organized a roundtable titled “Working in Conflict Areas through Building Local Partnership” with community members from FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkwa, with the purpose of mainstreaming capacities of institutions of the poor – village development organizations and union council-based organizations – and developing their linkages with government departments and markets to ensure their development.

PPAF to sponsor Pakistan participation for London Paralympics, 20 July 2012

PPAF sponsored athletes to represent Pakistan at the 2012 London Paralympics Games. Two athletes namely Ali Haider, who suffers from cerebral palsy that affected his right leg muscles and silver medalist at Beijing Paralympics Games, and Naeem Masiah represented Pakistan in theseParalympics Games.

PPAF launched Disaster Management Strategy, 30 May 2012

PPAF launched its Disaster Management Strategy, which focuses on an integrated Disaster Risk Reduction in its multi-sector development and building response capacities of communities against disasters. A simple but impressive launching ceremony to this effect was arranged at a local hotel in Islamabad.

Saawan Mela - September 10-30, 2012

The artisans supported by PPAF display their artwork at Saawan Mela, which was jointly organized by PPAF and Art and Crafts village administration of Capital Development Authority to provide these artisans linkages and access to Islamabad market for improving their incomes.

Launching ceremony of LACIP - Friday, September 14, 2012

With the financial assistance of Federal Republic of Germany, PPAF has initiated a livelihood support and community infrastructure project (LACIP) for the poor and marginalized communities of Khyber Paktunkhwa.

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