OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE The US Agency for International Development (USAID) programs Citizens Voice Project on Monday launched $ 45 million project to foster citizen engagement in policy advocacy. The program was launched in a ceremony held at a local hotel. US Consul General Nina Fite was the guest of honour while other speakers throw light on the importance of the project and involvement of civil society. Trust for Democratic Education and Accountability will implement the project, which will work to increase citizen engagement in policy advocacy and government in the energy, economic growth, agriculture, and education and health sectors. Through the project, the US government would issue up to 500 grants over the next three years. Speaking on the occasion, US Consul General Nina Fite said the project represents largest single investment in civic and social organisation in USAIDs 50-year history in Pakistan, and complete set of US-funded civil society support programs that will exceed US$ 100 million during the next four years. CVP Chief of Party Mukhtar Ahmad Ali while presenting overview of the project said that in the first cycle of the project, the grants would be allocated in three fields including citizen oversight of municipal services, energy sector and improved water rights. He said in each quarter, the project would award approximately 40 grants, between $ 50,000 to $ 250,000 through a transparent and competitive process.