As one of the largest sources of pro-poor spending in the country, the Pakistan
Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) is the lead agency for poverty reduction in Pakistan.
It embodies the spirit of public-private partnership to address the multi-dimensional
issues of poverty with a view to achieving social and economic change.
Being a community-led, demand-driven institution, PPAF focuses on partnerships which
are non-prescriptive and model-neutral but value-driven. The essence of PPAF’s work
is to support and strengthen institutions for the poor (partner organizations) in
developing institutions of the poor that are well governed, transparent, democratic,
and accountable. PPAF’s experience of over a decade leads us to conclude that local,
indigenous, community based institutions are a pre-requisite for spending on the
poor to be effective and leading to positive development outcomes.
At a wider level, it is critical to cinch ownership, commitment, and participation
from diverse stake-holders for poverty reduction efforts to be successful over the
long-term. To that end, PPAF has endeavored to crowd-in partnerships (both financial
and non-financial) with public sector and private sector, and civil society organizations
at international, national, and sub-national levels. The unique role of PPAF, therefore,
goes beyond mere financing of civil society organizations but extends to sector
development, market making, and quality assurance in terms of inclusion, outcome,
Our philosophy is based on the three elements of Ishq, Ilm, Amal meaning passion,
knowledge and practice. We are passionate about alleviating poverty and believe
that the way to do this is through the use of knowledge supported by our underlying
principals of social inclusion and equality - ensuring that we practice what we