PPAF has decided to provide technical support and extend its services to the corporate sector, trusts and foundations. The purpose of corporate partnerships is to provide technical assistance while bringing onboard communities to identify, build, own and maintain, development interventions through their active participation in this process.
Resource Mobilisation and Corporate Partnerships brings the corporate sector into a shared vision of development and carries its activities along two dimensions: fundraising and resource mobilization along with project implementation and liaison.
The Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards (CMA) programme aims to raise awareness about the importance of microentrepreneurship and microfinance in supporting the financial inclusion and economic empowerment of low-income individuals. Over the past ten years more than 400 rural entrepreneurs have been awarded for their business acumen for effectively utilizing microcredit to set rewarding enterprises.
The award ceremony is used as a platform to increase awareness by highlighting award winners, engaging powerful stakeholders and generating media coverage. .
An integral component of the CMA programme is “Business Edge Training”, which is used to develop and strengthen entrepreneurial skills through specific training. PPAF, in collaboration with IFC organises workshops every year, offering courses that suit the target audience. These workshops benefit the microentrepreneurs in several ways and ensure that the skills and training imparted on them caters to their long-term growth and stability.
The School Improvement Programme was launched in Quetta and Harnai districts of Balochistan. Through this agreement, an alliance was formed to work in the fields of education, infrastructure, renewable energy and social sector services as identified by local stakeholders.
Initially this pilot project included:
• Rehabilitation of two government schools.
• Equipped schools with a computer lab, sewing machines, microwave oven and a baking instructor.
• Construction of two additional rooms and three sanitation units, a water tank, septic tank, pavements in the school compound and the expansion of the school boundary wall.
• Tele-Taleem, an online interactive platform was also taken on-board to provide technology-based solutions for teachers and students alike.
Tele-Taleem Objective and Scope:
1. Setting up a teaching platform in two classrooms in the Government Girls High School Harnai, with satellite internet connectivity.
2. Direct online teaching support for science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and English for Classes 9 and 10.
3. Capacity building of teaching staff on contents and teaching resources for the same subjects and classes.
4. From primary education to teachers’ training to vocational instruction, Tele-Taleem caters to a variety of segments.
The capacity building programme focused on introducing the most ideal practices of the Agriculture Value Chain of 300 farmers from the Bahawalpur district in union councils Khuda Bukhsh Mehr and Mad Pir Wah of Tehsil Ahmad Pur East.
The company supports the largest farmer advisory programme in Pakistan, which has reached out to over 1.8 million local farmers since 1982, providing free micro-nutrition, water and soil tests along with advisory and capacity building services.
The microfinance loans, in collaboration with PPAF and NRSP Bank empowered cotton farmers to acquire the best quality of seeds, farming techniques and fertilizer for the ongoing season.
Provision of timely and productive loans to small farmers complemented by services from the FFC Agri Extension Services Department, were the key components of this project. It was implemented through NRSP Bank and other project activities included:
- soil testing
- laser land leveling
- on-spot training
- micro-loans - agriculture financial facilities helped farmers in bearing input costs
- SMS alerts - helped farmers grow their market links and networks
- Crop insurance policy
Karachi Metropolitan Corporation dumps 25% of the city’s waste in Goth Noor Muhammad a settlement 25 kilometers from Karachi, which lacked basic facilities such as running water, sanitation, schools and health care.
The residents of Goth Noor Mohammad earned primarily through selling scrap collected from the garbage dump, however, after the project took place, a lot of development took place within the area.
- 133 housing and 34 sanitation units created. A common kitchen, toilet and water storage tank for a cluster of 2-3 units established.
- A fully equipped primary school with furniture, books, and other learning tools serving more than 150 boys and girls.
- Sustainable livelihoods for more than 90 individuals through asset transfer.
- More than 350 residents trained for livelihood skills along with training in masonry and livestock farming.
- Solar lighting system established for continuous supply of electricity.
- A reverse osmosis plant set up for supply of clean drinking water.
Thousands of villagers in District Muzzafargarh were left homeless after the 2010 floods, which wiped out communities and left over 200 revenue villages desolate. PPAF’s efforts rehabilitation, recovery and restoration of livelihoods for the affected people evolved into a plan for the Ittehad Model Village Project, in collaboration with Engro Foundation. The transformation of Ehsanpur into the Ittehad Model Village resulted in numerous infrastructural improvements and capacity building interventions.
- 166 houses, each with two rooms, a veranda, washroom and a hand-pump were built, with the ownership rights of all houses vested in the names of the women of the households.
- Solar electricity introduced (3 solar panels, 100W each) in residential as well as common facilities.
- 6 parks and livestock sheds built, along with play-pumps that help for providing easy access to water.
- Underground sewerage system connected to a Grey-water Harvesting unit established for purification and reuse of water.
- Construction of a mosque, a community center and a Dairy Hub for milk collection.
- Skills training programmes in construction and welding as well as livelihood trainings in mat-making, honey-beekeeping and kitchen-gardening (women-centric activities in the area).
- Adult literacy, non-formal education and play group options established to ensure 100% enrolment of the village residents in literacy programmes.
Soon after the October 8, 2005 earthquake, PPAF undertook the colossal task of relief, reconstruction and rehabilitation work in the affected areas of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa and Azad Jammu & Kashmir. The World Bank, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), KfW (Development Bank of Germany) and the US Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) supported it in its efforts.
- Reconstructed 122,000 seismically safe housing units.
- Rehabilitated over 660 water supply and infrastructure schemes.
- Reconstructed 19 state-of-the-art health and educational facilities.
- Provided livestock assets to 4,000 poor households in 100 villages.
- Provided orientation and skill trainings to 108,000 house owners and individuals in carpentry, masonry, steel fixing and block making.
- Supported the formation of 5,103 community organisations having 131,475 members in the earthquake-affected district of KP and AJK.
PPAF’s work in earthquake affected areas won international recognition from the following institutions:
i. Kyoto University, Japan who requested PPAF’s services for the preparation of a manual for the World Bank’s disaster management task teams
ii. Government of Peoples Republic of China who sought PPAF’s assistance for carrying out relief work after the 2008 earthquake
iii. Malawi Social Action Fund to whom PPAF provided technical and evaluation assistance