The Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) is the leading institution focused on eliminating poverty in Pakistan. Registered under Section 42 of the Companies Act, 2017, PPAF is one of the largest establishments spending on the poor, PPAF facilitates public-private partnerships that have a mutual goal to achieve social and economic change in Pakistan by addressing the multi-dimensional issues of poverty.
Established by the Government of Pakistan as an autonomous not-for-profit company, PPAF began its operations in 2000. Thus far, it is working across 130 districts in the country with 130 partner organisations.
PPAF works through CSO that are value-driven and based upon neutral and inclusive models structured specifically to target the poorest and most marginalized regions of Pakistan. In creating these alliances, PPAF focuses on ensuring that these partner organizations are well governed and transparency and accountability remains priority. Through these alliances, PPAF extends support to communities in dire need of improving their infrastructure, health and education facilities. It also helps develop resilience to disasters and improve energy resources. It has an outreach across Pakistan (130 districts), supporting communities to access improved infrastructure, energy, health, education, livelihoods, finance, and develop resilience to disasters. We aim to ensure that our core values of social inclusion, participation, accountability, transparency and stewardship are built into all processes and programmes. PPAF has invested in developing the capacities of our 130 implementing partners (civil society organizations), around 120,000 organised community groups, 440,000 community credit groups, 11,800 village organisations, and over 800 union council level federations to date.
With an experience of over a decade, PPAF concludes that local and community-based institutions are key to creating a positive outcome and proving effective. In order for poverty reduction efforts to be successful over the long-term, PPAF invites participation from diverse stake-holders who demonstrate ownership and commitment. PPAF is proud to have built alliances and partnerships within the national public and private sector, both, as well as working with international institutions.
PPAF's poverty graduation approach has been tried and tested successfully and is supported by the Government of Pakistan and multiple donors. To date, the organisation has disbursed USD 2 billion through grants and financial services in various programmes targeting the vulnerable communities and areas of the country. It is proud to have made such a vast impact through its various approaches and focused operations, and aims to continue building and nurturing partnerships directed towards eliminating poverty in Pakistan and empowering the local population.
We have one office in Islamabad, with access to nearly 2,000 Union Councils through our network of partners.