Foreign Funded Programs
Punjab Ehsaas Program
- Ba-Himmat Buzurg Program
- Masawaat Program for Transgender Persons
- Sarparast Program for Poor Widows & Orphans
- Khiraj-ush-Shuhada Program
- Humqadam Program
- Nayee Zindagi Program
- Punjab Human Capital Investment Project
- Women Income Generation and Self-Reliance Program (WINGS)
- Sila-e-Fun Program
Ba-Himmat Buzurg Program
In Punjab, there is little financial support available for elderly women through the public sector beyond the formal sector employees. PSPA will bridge this gap by launching Ba-Himmat Buzurg Program. The goal of the project is to improve socio-economic wellbeing of the poor elderly women in the Punjab. This program has been designed with the following objectives:
- To improve the social inclusion of the poor elderly women by providing them dignified social assistance
- To improve the subsistence of poor elderly women
- To reduce the dependency of poor elderly women on their social network
As in the case of many comparable countries, transgender people in Pakistan face a range of personal, social, cultural, and economic issues, often exposing them to a high risk of isolation and social exclusion. Consequently, these people remain among the most marginalized populations, with high incidence of persistent poverty and poor human capital development. These vulnerabilities make them a key group for the attention of social protection policymakers in the country. Recognizing these needs, Masawaat has been designed with the following objectives:
- To mainstream transgender persons, who are typically excluded from public services and programs, through providing means of livelihood, education, health and housing services
- To protect transgender persons against destitution by providing support for consumption, ensuring a minimum standard of living
Sarparast Program for Poor Widows & Orphans
Punjab Social Protection Authority initiated “Sarparast Program”, a social assistance, financial support to the families of the poor and vulnerable widows for improving their well-being and social status. The Sarparast project falls under the second pillar of the Ehsaas Program that is “Safety Net” with an aim to provide effective and comprehensive safety nets for the marginalized and the vulnerable. It also addresses the cross-cutting objective of Ehsaas Strategy that is “Lift lagging areas”. Sarparast program will provide dignified social assistance specially designed for the poor widows of Punjab. The program will help in reducing the rate of poverty amongst beneficiary households, by directly supplementing monthly household income and to reach out to the poor and vulnerable segments of the society.
Punjab Social Protection Authority under “Punjab Ehsaas Program” is going to launch “Khiraj ush Shuhada Program” for civilian martyrs of terrorist attacks. The Program aims at financial self-reliance through unconditional cash transfer for their Socio-economic mainstreaming. These services can be provided through PSPA’s already existing payments tools. Provision of cash Transfer can decrease the risks of economic shocks/exclusion faced by the victims’ family due to terrorist attacks. It will be instrumental in enabling them to live, as far as possible, independently and gainfully within their homes and communities. Empowering families of civilian martyrs of terrorist attacks through an institutional arrangement in various fields can be a very significant step towards mainstreaming their socio-economic conditions...
Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) are vulnerable to multiple financial and non-financial shocks and they need the state’s assistance to lead a happy life. Realizing this need, a program with the name “Hamqadam” is being launched with the cost of Rs. 3.5 billon. This program will benefit about 200,000 poor people with disabilities in Punjab up to PMT score of 30. A revolving fund of Rs. 300 million will be established to provide income-generation opportunities to these people through microcredit (Rs. 50,000 per beneficiary) and asset transfer. This program is the continuation of “Conditional Transfer Program” for persons with disabilities. The PSPA will provide Rs.2000/ monthly for PWDs who are incapacitated or not able to work and Rs.1500/ monthly for the PWDs who are able to work, as per the assessment of Medical Assessment Boards.
Nayee Zindagi Program
Punjab Social Protection Authority under “Punjab Ehsaas Program” has launched “Nayee Zindagi Program” for acid attack victims. It aims at rehabilitation of acid attack victims through reconstructive surgeries and psychological counselling for their socio-economic mainstreaming. These services will be provided by Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Department. PSPA intends to work in close collaboration with Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Department for provision of these services bearing the treatment cost. Access to a rehabilitation program can decrease the consequences of damage, improve health and quality of life, and reduce the use of health services therefore; rehabilitation of these victims is instrumental in enabling them to live, as far as possible, independently and gainfully within their homes and communities.
Punjab Human Capital Investment Project
To address the situation of low productive capacity of Punjab’s population, Punjab Human Capital Investment Project is being launched which will target the problem right from the early stages of lifecycle. The World Bank will provide USD 200 million for this project. The main objective of Punjab Human Capital Investment Project (PHCIP) is to increase the access to quality health services, economic and social inclusion of the poor and vulnerable households in select districts in Punjab through:
- Supporting access to quality health services by strengthening of primary health facilities.
- Conditional cash transfer program to encourage access to health and nutrition support
- Support economic inclusion for the young parents with children for poverty alleviation
Women Income Generation and Self-Reliance Program (WINGS)
WINGS has been planned for building and sustaining productive assets of the poor by encouraging innovative, indigenous solutions. This program would help women break the fetters of poverty and achieve self-sustenance by utilizing the granted assets. PSPA will establish a competitive challenge fund to pilot, adapt and scale up livelihood packages in varied socioeconomic and geographic contexts. With an outlay of Rs. 700 million in FY 2021-22. The pilot phase of the Program is expected to benefit about 25,000 women in two districts.
Sila-e-Fun is an unconditional cash transfer program. Punjab Social Protection Authority will bridge the gap for elderly artists who have served in related field for more than 25 years, by launching Sila-e-Fun Program in all 36 districts of Punjab. It will provide dignified social pension for those elderly and needy artists, writers, poets and media persons of the Punjab who have made a notable contribution in their field such as film, TV, literature, poetry, journalism, theatre, music, painting, etc. Rs. 5,000 per month will be provided to the artists above 50 years with monthly income below Rs. 15,000 having 25 years’ experience of their field under unconditional cash transfer program. The goal of this project is to improve socio-economic wellbeing of the elderly and financially vulnerable artists of the Punjab who have made a notable contribution in their field.