Plan International Pakistan’s work around livelihood aims to facilitate beneficiaries including children and their families to acquire an adequate standard of living. To this end, Plan supports the economic priorities and strategies of the government of Pakistan and focuses on the following key areas:
- Strengthening access of the poor to financial services and microfinance training
- Developing the skills and knowledge of young women and men through Youth Economic Empowerment programming
- Training farmers in agriculture and livestock management and supporting farmer’s milk cooperatives
Our work within Youth Economic Empowerment includes increasing awareness of men and women on the different employment choices available, improving young people’s employability capacities with vocational/ technical skills and entrepreneurship. Plan has implemented TVET projects from 2012 to date funded by donors such as EC and MFA Finland contributing to income generation and employment opportunities for youth in Chakwal, Multan, Muzaffargarh, Layyah and Rajanpur. In Chakwal 280 youth (148 girls) were enrolled in TVET, life skills and enterprise development training and were gainfully employed. In the other mentioned districts 3,694 youth (including 2,350 women, 1,244 men and 100 people living with disabilities) received vocational skills training, 15 public and private sector TVET institutions were supported in terms of provision of equipment/missing facilities, 10,000 youth were provided handy skills training and 40 local employers were linked to trained youth.
Over the years, Plan International has developed a specialism in dairy value chain strengthening and is currently implementing a sector specific project in four districts of Southern Punjab - Vehari, Muzzafargarh, Layyah and Multan. The project promotes modern animal husbandry, is improving commercial dairy practices, increasing market access and strengthening institutional (cooperative) management and business acumen among women livestock farmers and poor communities. So far 180 chillers, 42 buffaloes, 20 feed mixers, 161 demo plots on improved fodder varieties have been distributed among 7,000 project beneficiaries out of a total of 12,250 direct beneficiaries. In recognition of its expertise in dairy value chain programming, the World Bank selected Plan International to provide technical assistance to the Department of Livestock and Fisheries, Government of Sindh, on the Sindh Agricultural Growth Project (2016-19) which aims to strengthen dairy value chains in 9 districts of the province.