Ongoing Projects

Building Resilience through Improved Nutrition (BRIN) Project

Project Title:                  Building Resilience through Improved Nutrition (BRIN) Project

Funding Agency:           Welthungerhilfe / BMZ
Project period:               April 2021-April 2024

Project Location:           District Shangla 

Overall Project objective : To contribute to the eradication of poverty and hunger for a resilient society where women and children are optimally nourished.

The project follows a nutrition-sensitive approach to increase the food security and quality of the target groups, especially women and children under 5 years of age. The proposed interventions aim to promote resilience among the target households and thus ultimately improve the nutritional situation. The project involves target groups in its implementation in order to ensure participatory decision-making, thus acceptance and adoption of the measures, as well as to build up knowledge and practices in the long term and contribute to their continuation after the end of the project. The networking and complementarity of measures and sectors that contribute to food security as well as the cooperation of the target groups is necessary for successful implementation and is also the aim of the project to build long-term resilience. 

Climate Resilient WASH Project

Funding AgencyNorwegian Church Aid (NCA)/NORAD

Project Duration: Jan 2020 -Dec. 2023

Project Area: District Swat

National Poverty Graduation Programme (NPGP)

Funding Agency:  Government of Pakistan and The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) 

Partner: Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF)/ PASS Division- Govt. of Pakistan

Duration : October 2019 -December 2023

DistrictsUpper Kohistan, Kolai Palas Kohistan, Lower Kohistan, Torghar, Battagram and Shangla 

Goal of the Programme: 

The overall goal of the programme is to assist the ultra-poor and very poor in graduating out of poverty on a sustainable basis; simultaneously improving their overall food security, nutritional status and resilience to climate change.

Objective: 

The Objective is to enable the rural poor and especially women and youth to realize their development potential and attain a higher level of social and economic wellbeing through a proven flexible and responsive menu of assistance.

Expected Outcomes: 

- Improved livelihoods, living conditions and income-generative capacities for poor households and the youth (with diversified assets for sustainability in moving up the poverty ladder).

- Women from ultra-poor and poor households experience higher levels of socio-economic empowerment and their families experience improved nutrition and food security.

- Target populations have improved access to financial services and investment opportunities.

- Strengthened dialogue and knowledge sharing on pro-poor (and climate resilient) poverty reduction policies, supported with evidence-based research.

 

Programme Components 

  • LASOONA has entered into a partnership with PPAF for National Poverty Graduation programme, funded by Government of Pakistan and International Fund for Agriculture Development(IFAD).
  • This programme consists of two components:

 

    1. Component - 1:  Poverty graduation with mutually reinforcing sub-components:
      • ASSET CREATION:  Households with a score between 0-18 on the Poverty Scorecard (PSC), will be provided with a package (average of PKR 60,000) that consists of a combination of assets along with the relevant skillset training to utilize the asset transferred; and/or are offered technical and vocational trainings for which job placement or self-employment opportunities have already been identified. Tangible assets will be offered to those in the 0-16.17 category as they are receiving an unconditional cash transfer from BISP which serves as a consumption allowance while intangible assets will be offered to those falling in the 16.18 - 18 poverty band.
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      • TRAINING OF LIVELIHOOD AND IFL BENEFICIARIES:  The trainings would enable the target beneficiaries to harness their potential to maximize the benefits from the given assets and interest free loans. Borrowers would receive training on financial literacy and enterprise development. 

 

    1. Component - 2:   Social Mobilization and Programme Management:
      • The programme will follow a tested and proven social mobilization approach to community targeting, organization and implementation in all target areas for the delivery of project interventions. The component will support the continued engagement with communities. Community organizations at the hamlet and village level will be further capacitated and empowered to participate in programme activities, with a special focus on women’s empowerment, resilience to climate change and contributing to specific SDGs. Community resource persons will also be identified in every Union Council and trained to become institutional or sector experts, providing relevant services and support to target beneficiaries and community institutions.
      • Provision of women-centric awareness/ sensitization sessions on health, nutrition, climate resilience, gender, peace and justice, etc.

Enabled Environment for Right based, Inclusive development & Improved Governance

Funding Agency:     Welthungerhilfe/European Union 
Project Duration:     
August 2017- August 2022

Project Location:      District Swat & District Shangla

Project Goal:

Enhancing CSOs' contributions to governance and development processes in Pakistan.

Project Purpose.:

To contribute to an improved governance and development process and social cohesion in Pakistan.

 

Specific Objectives:   

Objective 1: Enhanced contribution of Pakistani CSOs in Districts Shangla and Swat with regards to local governance, accountability, social development processes at sub national and local level.

Objective 2: Improved performance of Pakistani local governments in districts Shangla and Swat as actor of local governance and development.

Expected Results:

  •  -Systematic access to quality socio-economic empowerment services is improved /enabled.
  • - Operating environment for CSOs to contribute to local democratic governance is improved.
  • - Capacities of CSOs in policy dialogues, governance and accountability are strengthened
  • - Institutional and operational capacities of local governments to execute their mandate are improved.
  • - Downward accountability and transparency of local governance towards local communities is increased.
  • - Established mechanisms to engage local governments in dialogue with sub-national and national authorities, citizens and other relevant stakeholders (multi-level governance approach), with emphasis on transparent decision-making at local levels.

LASOONA affirms to be committed to the well being of masses through promoting ecologically sound developement in impoverished pockets of Pakistan in general and Khyber Pukhtunkhwa in particular.