Nepal seeks $200 mln for anti-poverty project

13:20, June 03, 2010      

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Poverty Alleviation Fund (PAF) Nepal, the World Bank (WB) supported anti-poverty project, has sought additional grant assistance of 200 million U.S. dollars to implement its programs for the next three years, starting 2012, Republica reported on Thursday.

Vidyadhar Mallik, vice chairman of PAF, was quoted by the daily as saying they had already written to Prime Minister's Office and Ministry of Finance about the need for additional grant assistance. He expressed optimism that the WB would extend the support, especially as its recently concluded medium-term review of the project too has recommended to extend the support.

PAF sought the new support for expanding its programs to additional 15 districts and also for implementing targeted anti- poverty programs in the special poverty pockets in 20 districts of the country.

It has already expanded its programs to 40 districts, including the 15 districts where the programs are being implemented from this fiscal year. It implemented the programs in other 25 districts five years ago.

Under the programs, implemented under PAF I and PAF II projects, the anti-poverty body has carried out its programs in 372,207 poorest households of the country.

"These households have formed around 12,000 community organizations and are implementing over 12,850 income generation activities and 2,590 community infrastructure development programs, " Mallik said.

He said that the 72 percent of PAF beneficiaries are female-led households.

Apart from support from the WB, PAF officials said that they are also knocking doors of other donors as well, like Department for International Development, for garnering support from multiple development partners.

Source: Xinhua


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