Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) was born out of a realization
that there existed a demonstrated need for a national level institution in
the country that would serve poor, marginalized and disadvantaged households by
facilitating their access to resources and opportunities. This considerable lack
of opportunities necessitated creation of an intermediary apex organization equipped
with resource backed capability to furnish financial and non-financial services
to the impoverished and excluded, through a community-based framework.
The idea was to set up a private sector institution which would work concomitantly
in support of public policy but was envisioned to be independent and autonomous
in its operations and allocation of resources while bringing private sector rigor
and efficiency to grassroots development.
In pursuit of this objective, such an institution would also develop and strengthen
the civil society sector in Pakistan which has been primarily dependent on sporadic
support from bilaterals and/or international charities.