NRSP - PPAF: a decade of Partnership

The NRSP entered into partnership with the PPAF in May 2000. Throughout this ten-year partnership, the PPAF has provided technical support, funding, and guidance on strategy. This support has, and continues, to enable the NRSP not only to develop an extensive programme of poverty alleviation but to build its capacity as an institution. The PPAF-NRSP partnership has proved invaluable in terms of inclusion, programme flexibility and sustainability. This has been achieved through the expansion of choice enabling communities greater control over the development process and through the provision of greater support.

Inclusion:

  • The poorest: PPAF has continuously strived to include the poorest in its programmes, driving the switch from PRA to the poverty scorecard (PSC) in 2008-09 for improved focus.
  • Women: from its inception, the PPAF set the standard that women must be included in 40% of all programme activities. The institution pushes the involvement of women both at the community level and at staff level.
  • The disabled: PPAF provided extensive support to the disabled as part of its rehabilitation and reconstruction activities following the 2005 AJK earthquake. This included the capacity building of service providers and the development of linkages. This programme is now being extended.

Programme flexibility:

  • From 2000 to 2005, PPAF funding focused on the provision of capacity building, microcredit, and CPIs. As a result of ongoing monitoring, the PPAF decided to extend its funding to health and education in 2005. Extensive funding was also shifted to Disaster Management following the AJK earthquake and 2008 IDP crisis.

Sustainability:

  • Institutional systems: with the assistance of PPAF the NRSP further developed its programme strategies and monitoring systems. This was in terms of tracking microcredit clients, measuring programme impact and monitoring staff performance.
  • Microfinance: through its strategy of a stepped reduction in subsidies on interest rates, from 2000 to 2005, PPAF pushed its POs to develop sustainable microfinance programmes able to operate on a commercial basis. With the successful implementation of this strategy, NRSP established its Microfinance Bank, due to open in 2011.
  • Institution building: From 2008 onwards, the PPAF has shifted funds to the setting up of institutions at grassroots level through the three tier structure of social mobilisation.

Future strategy and vision

With the continued support and guidance of PPAF, the NRSP is now deepening programme impact through the provision of more extensive interventions. These will enable more comprehensive and flexible support at both individual and community level. The development of sustainable livelihood programmes will constitute one of the core activities through asset transfers, the Community Livelihood Fund, and the facilitation of market access through CPIs and microfinance. Following the benchmarks set under the PPAF Social Mobilisation Project, the destitute and women will now form the balk of programme participants. Sustainability will reinforced through institutional development at the grassroots level. It is envisioned that this strategy will provide comprehensive support to the poorest strengthening citizen voice, access to services and strategies for income generation. The NRSP is thankful to PPAF for its ongoing support and guidance in poverty alleviation.