IFAD in Pakistan
IFAD's work in Pakistan aims to combat rural poverty by promoting rural development. It began operations in the country in 1978.
As laid out in the 2009 country strategic opportunities programme (COSOP), IFAD's overarching strategic objectives in Pakistan are, first, to connect rural people with the skills, services and technologies that will enable them to increase productivity; and, second, to build and support local capacity through the promotion of participatory development processes.
To achieve these objectives, IFAD's strategy focuses on:
- Eradicating poverty in vulnerable and remote areas
- Achieving community participation
- Identifying opportunities for innovation
- Supporting partnerships between the public and private sectors.
A defining characteristic of IFAD's strategy is its focus on people. By promoting skills enhancement, vocational training and access to financial services, IFAD aims to provide rural households with wider opportunities, including increased access to markets and to partnerships with the private sector.
Key IFAD partners in Pakistan include the World Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the World Food Programme, the Asian Development Bank, Pakistan's provincial and national governments, the Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund, civil society, non-governmental and community-based organizations and, increasingly, private enterprises.
In order to ensure that its country programme has a sustained impact on reducing rural poverty, IFAD focuses its support on areas that have a high incidence of poverty or that suffer from specific development problems due to their geographical location. In coming years, greater efforts will be made to promote local innovation, policy dialogue and knowledge management.
Comprehensive assessment tools, such as the country programme evaluation and the COSOP, enable IFAD to fine-tune its efforts in Pakistan. For example, the most recent COSOP calls for an emphasis on high-value crops, livestock development and market access, and on mitigating the effects of climate change. These recommendations inform both current and future projects and help ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of IFAD's work.