The Government of the Punjab in collaboration with the Department for International Development (DFID), UK launched “Punjab Economic Opportunities Program”- (PEOP) in the FY 2009-2010 for four of the deprived districts of Southern Punjab i.e. Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar, Lodhran and Muzaffargarh. The Program focuses on poverty alleviation through provision of marketable skills and by enhancing the quality and quantity of livestock in the region.
The program has three main components:
Punjab Skill Development Fund (PSDF)
PSDF aims to provide skills and vocational trainings opportunities to the poor and vulnerable population of the target districts. This component is being looked after by Planning and Development (P&D) department.
Livestock & Dairying Interventions through Project Implementation Team (PIT)
The purpose of livestock and dairy development component is to improve income level of the poor through enhanced yield of meat and milk in the livestock sector and better access to markets. This component is managed by the Livestock and Dairy Development department.
The technical cooperation component aims to strengthen the Govt. of Punjab’s capacity to deliver this program. It includes support for analysis, policy development, staff training, monitoring & evaluation and communication. This component is being managed directly by DFID in consultation with the Program Steering Committee.
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