Poverty Reduction through Rural Development in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Neighboring Areas
Between 22 and 24 January 2019 the kick-off meeting of the project “Poverty Reduction through Rural Development in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Neighboring Areas”, commissioned by PPAF – Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund, was held in Islamabad. The project is financed by AICS – Italian Agency for Development Cooperation and Development Cooperation Department of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and implemented by Luiss Business School, a division of Luiss Guido Carli University.
The project is part of a wider program, the Program for Poverty Reduction, funded for 40 million euros by AICS and which includes, besides the PPAF, 17 partner organizations, 38 local governments (Union Council) in 14 districts among the least developed of Pakistan. The general goal of the program is “to reduce population poverty by creating sustainable conditions for social and economic development, including increased income and productive capacity”.
The specific project that Luiss Business School will carry out concerns the capacity building of knowledge, tools and networking skills to:
(i) strengthen and develop local communities;
(ii) create livelihood opportunities for marginalized communities and groups (particularly young people and women belonging to communities);
(iii) increase health promotion and education through lifestyle and service delivery restructuring.
To achieve these goals Luiss Business School will organize seven study visits to Italy involving 95 Pakistani representatives of PPAG, partner organizations, local communities, and local government:
- Training course on olive supply chain (with CIHEAM in Bari)
- Innovation in Education with ICT Integration (at Luiss)
- Training visit to Italy for innovative health and nutrition models (at Luiss)
- Youth policies (at Luiss)
- Studying the mechanism of Community engagement (with Formamentis in Emilia Romagna Region)
- Study of Cooperative model of Italy for Benefitting Subsistence Farmers (with Formamentis in Emilia Romagna Region)
- Networking Activities and Exhibiting local Products (in Sardinia Region)
Luiss Business School offers an integrated training method consisting of theoretical lessons, testimony of sector experts, hands-on laboratories, and visits to companies and local institutions. The meetings, in addition to providing new knowledge, will be opportunities to meet and collaborate with local Italian businesses and Institutions. At the end of each course, mostly lasting one week, the participants will develop action plans to be implemented when they go back home.
The participation of PPAF staff and partner organizations (responsible for planning and executing at the local level) will guarantee the necessary support for the execution of action plans. Expected results include the strengthening of design and management skills, the development of an integrated government-community approach within territorial areas and improvements in areas such as agriculture, education, tourism, crafts, governance local health.