Punjab Social Protection Authority (PSPA) in collaboration with the Department for International Development (DFID), UK has designed Women Income Growth and Self-Reliance (WINGS) Program.
The WINGS will be funded through DFID grant of £36 million that includes £28.5 million grant for financial assistance component along with £7.5 million for technical assistance component. The total project cost is £35.7 million that includes £28.5 million of DFID grant and £7.2 million counterpart funding by Government of the Punjab. The planned project start date was to be April 01, 2019 with end date of March 31, 2025. The project concept has been approved by PSPA Board in its 11th meeting held on Aug 26, 2019.
The Cabinet Committee on Finance and Development has accorded approval in its 25th meeting held on Jan 22, 2020 for:
- Acceptance of DFID UK grant of £ 28.5 million to Government of the Punjab against WINGS programs for six years
- 20 % counterpart funding for WINGS programs
- The programs will be operated through a challenge fund managed by PSPA
- PC-I has been approved by PDWP and recommended for consideration and approval of CDWP
Productive inclusion and economic empowerment of women is the main objective of this initiative. The programs will support transition of 63,000 extremely poor women from social protection to sustainable livelihoods, prosperity and self-reliance in the Punjab province. It will partner with Government of the Punjab to develop government-led delivery channels and policy reforms for enabling the women relying on social safety nets to engage in income-generating activities, accumulate productive assets, have support to access social and financial services, and exit extreme poverty for good. The program fits within the Government of the Punjab’s agenda to move from continued financial assistance to sustainable livelihoods and gender equality to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals.
The eligibility and selection criteria of beneficiaries in WINGS programs is Proxy Means Test Score (PMT 16.17 and below) based and women are the targeted beneficiaries. WINGS complements the fourth pillar of Federal Ehsaas Programs which is jobs and livelihood for low-income households. As employment generation is one of the major objectives of the broader economic reform agenda of Punjab Ehsaas Program and WINGS also targets provision of opportunities to the vulnerable groups for income generation, therefore both programs are aligned in this regard.
The districts have been selected on the following two assessments (excluding the districts selected for Punjab Human Capital Investment Project being undertaken in collaboration with the World Bank IDA Loan):
- As per Multi-dimensional Poverty Index (MPI) by UNDP, the districts (06) selected on the basis of the poverty ranking are Vehari, Chiniot, Sargodha, Pakpattan, Khanewal and Okara
- As per Climate Disaster Risk Assessment (flood, drought, landsliding and earthquake) by Ministry of Climate Change, National Disaster Management Authority (August 2012), the select districts (03) are Multan, Sheikhupura and Rawalpindi