ISLAMABAD, 17 October — Ehsaas hosted a high-level virtual event on Saturday to celebrate the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty by interacting with the beneficiaries of various mainstream Ehsaas programs to get their valuable suggestions for this initiative more to make effective.
The event brought together four executive agencies of the Division for Poverty Alleviation and Social Security (PASSD) – BISP, Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF), Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal (OBM) and Trust for Voluntary Organizations (TVO) along with beneficiaries of various priority programs of Ehsaas.
It was the first time in the country’s history that marginalized people came to the table with the government and policymakers and made valuable suggestions to make the Ehsaas strategy more responsive in the context of post COVID-19.
SAPM dr. Sania Nishtar moderated the session with PASSD Secretary Muhammad Ali Shahzada.
The main highlight of the event was an engaging interaction with beneficiaries of various Ehsaas programs and initiatives, notably Ehsaas Kafaalat, Ehsaas Interest Free Loans, Ehsaas Amdan and Ehsaas Nashonuma.
This session was followed by an informative discussion with NGOs from TVO.
SAPia, dr. Sania Nishtar, contacted beneficiaries of Ehsaas, saying: “Fighting poverty has always been one of the top priorities of our government. Ehsaas is determined to ensure social and environmental protection for all. The increasing recognition of the multidimensionality of poverty indicates that these two issues are inextricably linked, and that social protection cannot be fully understood without addressing environmental issues at the same time. ”
She said: “The core of each of the Ehsaas initiatives – Kafaalat, interest-free loans, Amdan, undergraduate scholarship, Nashonuma, emergency cash, Langars and Panagahs falling under Ehsaas, is the principle of inclusivity aimed at social and environmental protection. “
Later that day, dr. Sania Nishtar visits Pakistan’s poverty alleviation fund and Bait-ul-Mal in Pakistan and spent the day with Ehsaas beneficiaries. Dr. Sania sat down and talked to them to gain insight into their aspirations and key issues they are facing. She listened to their concerns and ensured the full cooperation to address their issues.
“To make the Ehsaas program more responsive, the voices of marginalized people are critical,” she said.
“The cash payout arrangements have been very well made at Ehsaas Emergency Cash campsites compared to those at small shops in Kafaalat,” said Memoona Bibi, a beneficiary of Keshaal of Peshawar.
Tahira Bibi, an interest-free loan beneficiary of Layyah van Ehsaas, said: “I want to serve as a role model for women in my town to get them involved in income activities supported by Ehsaas poverty degree programs”.
Hakeem Khan, a beneficiary of Battagram’s Ehsaas Amdan, started a small business to generate income for his family.
He said: “The rule-based procedures and question-driven approaches under Ehsaas are highly commendable.”
‘I run an online trading business through a computer training I offered under Ehsaas, although the Bay-ul-Mal Center for Women’s Empowerment in Pakistan Islamabad. “‘With the support of Ehsaas’, she said, ‘we can tackle poverty’.
Samina Waseem and Khalida Parveen are Kafaalat beneficiaries of Lahore and they have been happy to say that their children have also been enrolled for the current Waseela e-Taleem which was recently reformed under Ehsaas.
On the occasion, Makhdoom Hashim Jawan Bakht Provincial Minister of Finance Punjab, Hasham Inamullah Khan Provincial Minister of Social Welfare KP, senior representatives of other provinces including GB and AJK, and senior officials of international development organizations also virtually joined.
Global extreme poverty is expected to rise in 2020 for the first time in more than 20 years, as the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbates the forces of conflict and climate change, which has already slowed the progress of poverty reduction, the World Bank said today. said.
The COVID-19 pandemic is estimated to push another 88 million to 115 million people into extreme poverty this year, with the total increase to as much as 150 million by 2021, depending on the severity of the economic downturn.
This year marks the 27th anniversary of the declaration by the General Assembly, in its resolution 47/196 of 22 December 1992, of 17 October as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.