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. 

Improved Access to Fair,Legitimate & Effective Justice in Pakistan

Funding Agency — Oxfam/Netherlnads Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Project Duration: October 2020- Dec. 2021

Project Area: District Nowshehra and Charsadda

Project Background: 

Women and men lack access to fair, effective and legitimate justice, which is a root cause of conflict and instability. This structural injustice is influenced by multiple factors including elite manipulation, ineffective governance and inequality, further exacerbated by growing Islamic extremism. More positive developments in Pakistan include growing demands for more transparent governance, increased access to justice and more clear and concise rules for informal justice mechanisms. An example is the Mediation, Conciliation and Arbitration Bill in November 2015, which argues that in view of the tremendous backlog facing Pakistani courts, other processes which prevent conflicts and disputes from exacerbating, should be encouraged in society, and that informal justice providers need formal training, encouragement, structure and to be held accountable.4 

The proposed project builds on opportunities to foster existing positive change processes by contributing to the legal empowerment of local communities, and by building the capacity of semi-formal justice mechanisms as a viable alternative for citizens seeking justice. 

 

The Project would see a fully functioning legitimate, inclusive and accountable justice system with broad reach, that is responsive to the needs of women and men, boys and girls across Pakistan and within all communities, including the most vulnerable. We want to see more inclusive and legitimate justice systems gaining presence and trust within communities across the three selected provinces, and broader awareness of legal rights within the communities themselves 

 

Project Objective: 

The project objective is that women, youth and marginalised groups in Pakistan have more trust and confidence in a justice system that is legitimate, effective and accountable, and responsive to their needs.

 

The project objective will contribute to the desired impact: a justice system that is more legitimate, inclusive, effective and accountable for all, especially for vulnerable groups in the project areas of Punjab, Sindh and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

 

Sub-goal 2.1: Men and women from all social groups are aware of their basic rights and fundamental freedoms and have equal means to access formal and informal justice, including only sub-goal 2.1.a: Men and women (with the support of NGOs) speak out on their rights or increasingly mobilise community members to conduct relevant and inclusive advocacy. 

 

Sub-goal 2.2: All justice institutions perform their tasks effectively, accountably and in better coordination, responding to the needs of citizens, including both sub-goal 2.2.a: Government adopts laws or policies in support of responsive, accountable and inclusive justice, and sub-goal 2.2.b: Formal and informal (inclusive) justice institutions and relevant authorities increasingly respond to claims from men and women in an accountable manner.

 

The project has three targeted outcomes: 

1. Outcome 1: By the end of 2021, citizens, with a focus on women, youth and marginalised groups, are more aware of their rights, and understand the options they have to pursue their grievances through legal and non-violent means at district and provincial levels in project areas of Punjab, Sindh and KP. (Contributing to ARC result framework sub-goal 2.1.a.) 

 

2. Outcome 2: By the end of 2021, the semi-formal justice sector has succeeded in strengthening linkages with the formal justice sector, and in exerting indirect pressure over the informal justice sector for more effective, accessible and legitimate justice within the project area for women, youth and marginalised groups. (Contributing to ARC result framework sub-goal 2.2.b.) 

 

3. Outcome 3: By the end of 2021, increased political will has been created of provincial governments towards a responsive, accountable and inclusive justice system towards the needs of women, youth and marginalised groups under the legal framework (contributing to ARC result framework sub goal 2.2.a). 

Climate Resilient WASH Project

Funding AgencyNorwegian Church Aid (NCA)/NORAD

Project Duration: Jan -Dec. 2021

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)

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.