ISLAMABAD -  The Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund and KfW, the German Development Bank, signed off on minutes of the next phase of the ‘Livelihood Support and Promotion of Small Community Infrastructure Program’ (LACIP II) to be funded by KfW. The event took place at the end of an appraisal mission to PPAF headed by Jens Clausen, Head of Division, Governance & Peace, KfW Frankfurt.

Following bilateral government consultations on development cooperation between Pakistan and Germany held in September 2015, a new commitment of EUR 10,000,000 has been granted for LACIP II. The project would be executed in three years and would contribute to greater political participation of villagers in decision making in tehsil and village councils by supporting the implementation of decentralization reform in selected districts of KP.  This project is expected to benefit 325,000 persons and would be an extension to LACIP I which is being implemented in eight districts of KP for infrastructure development,

livelihood support and disaster preparedness and mitigation interventions for the benefit of 600,000 persons. Clausen commended the work done by PPAF and expressed his confidence that LACIP II would support PPAF’s explicit pro-poor, community based development efforts and help the newly established local government entities in the project’s districts.

Jens Clausen said, “It gives me great pleasure that the Government of Germany continues its development journey with Pakistan through PPAF in the form of a second phase of LACIP. Building on the successes and teamwork of LACIP I, and focusing on the most deprived regions of KPK, we believe that LACIP II will contribute to very positive changes in the lives of poor communities of the region.”

Qazi Azmat Isa, CEO of PPAF, said, “We at PPAF are very excited for this opportunity to take forward our integrated programme into regions that are shown to have the lowest food security and human development indicators. Our experience with KfW under the LACIP I project has resulted in good outcomes and shared successes which need to be replicated in other parts of KPK and Pakistan overall. I look forward to this continuing partnership between communities, our partner organizations, PPAF and the German people.”

PPAF and KfW have been working together for over a decade for the benefit of marginalized communities in various parts of the country.

pPAF interventions are aimed at providing access to basic infrastructure and income generation facilities to the poor communities in the country.