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Assessing Poverty Alleviation Strategies and Programs: Some Lessons for Program and Policy Design
By: SDPI
Objectives:
This study tries to identify a set of practices, which shall help design effectual poverty alleviation. The method adopted entails the following set of specific objectives:
  • To identify successful practices from the experiences of global and national poverty alleviation programmes
  • To assess how Zakat money could be used for poverty alleviation
  • To provide recommendations for economic development initiatives
Activities:
  • In-Depth Interview (IDI)
  • Key Informant Interview (KII)
  • Focus Group Discussion ( FGD)
Findings:
  • Poverty is a recurring phenomenon because of dynamic trap people find themselves entangled. Therefore, the design of intervention should be more flexible and should have a fusion of both protection and promotion.
  • Poverty in Pakistan is multidimensional with regional variations in nature, driver and remedies.
  • Promotional activities designed in Pakistan are too paternalistic while workfare trainings stood mismatched with demands of market. Similarly, the ultra-poor are mostly excluded from such promotional activities because of their higher needs and little capacity to pay.
  • Our findings suggest that poverty exists in many forms with different intensity levels. In the wake of growing cost of living, absence of social protection and increase in number of the working poor, only promotion could not pull people out of poverty traps.