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HUMAN RESOURCE MAMAGEMENT (PVT) LTD:- HRM is a job placement and recruitment company, offering better opportunities to unemployed and under-employed individuals. It offers various training sessions, counseling, recruitment, training and team building, attitude and climate surveys as well as marketing and  financial consultancy through a network all around the world.

Health and Education Rural Association (HERA):- The Health and Education Rural Association (HERA) is an NGO established in Jhang since 1997, working for poverty eradication in remote areas of Punjab. Its areas of focus include basic education; child rights; community development; adult education and empowerment; education; health and population welfare; integrated rural development; water and sanitation and public health.

The ILO-IPEC Carpet Project:- The aim of the ILO-IPEC carpet project is to combat the worst form of child labour in the carpet industry in Pakistan. Approximately 8,000 carpet-weaving children aged 14 years and below and 2000 younger siblings of these children will benefit from it. The adult members of the families of the target children will also benefit, as about 2000-3000, particularly women, will be provided with income-generating opportunities, including access to micro-credit. Awareness raising and social mobilization campaigns will be taken up with young and adult workers in the carpet industry, as well as village communities by the organizations involved, especially NGOs and community groups. The project is being implemented in association with the United States Department of Labor and the Pakistan Carpet Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PCMEA).

National Rural Support Programme (NRSP):- The National Rural Support Programme was set up as an NGO in 1991. The main objective is to foster a countrywide network of grassroots level organizations to enable rural communities to plan, implement and manage developmental activities and programmes for the purpose of ensuring productive employment, alleviation of poverty and improvement in the quality of life. It is working in the Islamabad and in 28 districts of all the four provinces of Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir. NRSP provides social guidance and technical assistance in the fields of finance; gender; human resource development; monitoring assessment and planning; natural resource management; physical infrastructure, technology, rural credit and enterprise development. Other projects include a rural support programme network, social organization sector services and an urban poverty alleviation project.

ePoor.org:- ePoor.org is a non-profit public interest organization, with a mission to overcome the digital divide in Pakistan. Towards this end, it intends to develop information technology (IT) solutions for poverty eradication, undertake and advocate measures to enhance the access of poor communities to IT resources, and provide policy advice and carry out advocacy to ensure the installation of structures and frameworks required for pro-poor development. The main vehicle for such demand creation is investment in the capacity of communities to use the resources for their own economic, social, political, and cultural purposes. The showcase activity of ePoor.org is the proposed Villages OnLine (VOL) portal. It will operate only in selected districts, chosen in collaboration with CBOs, and aim to digitize all relevant information in each village. Details of its partners, core themes, and upcoming projects are also provided online.

Sindh Education Foundation (SEF):- The Sindh Education Foundation (SEF), established in 1992, works to empower disadvantaged communities towards social change by creating and facilitating new approaches to learning and education. Their site includesdetails of SEF's aims and objectives, project undertakings, research activities, latest organization updates, discussion areas and search facilities. Articles of relevance to the Foundation's objectives can also be submitted online. Details of its community-based schools, programmes for women's empowerment and working children; its data processing and research cell and opinion polls are additional informative and entertaining features of this information rich and elegantly designed website built with "Flash" elements.  

Society for Community Awareness and Mobilization, Balochistan (SCAMB):- This society was established in 1998 by a group of young development professionals. Its mission is to provide facilitation and support in the empowerment of socially and economically deprived and disadvantaged communities of Balochistan; This website lists their social development objectives, which include raising awareness among them about their basic rights; increasing economic growth, and creating gender sensitization within the community. Activities consist of running social awareness campaigns against the prevailing social evils in Balochistan, such as Walwar (bride price), Siakari, child marriages, and child labour. SCAMB is also serving as the secretariat of Balochistan NGO's Federation (BNGOF), an alphabetical listing of which appears on this site, along with relevant contact information.

Ministry of Social Welfare, Government of the Punjab:- In collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Ministry of Social Welfare, Government of the Punjab has listed almost 6,000 NGOs registered with their department. The website includes data on where the NGO is located, when it was established, what its budget and main activities are at present, and what kind of management they operate under. Thirty-three districts can be searched under the twelve types of welfare activities NGOs are involved in. This information should also help reach out to Pakistanis residing abroad, and who are interested in working with organizations in their home areas. A downloadable NGO registration form is also available online. A link to their main site provides details of the objectives, functions, projects, and organizational structure of the Social Welfare Department of the Government of Punjab. The focus lies on activities concerning their Women Development and Baitul Mal wings; and the laws and rules of the Constitution they work under. The FAQs provide interesting answers to questions of social concern to people.

Balochistan Community Irrigation and Agriculture Project (BCIAP):- The Balochistan Community Irrigation and Agriculture Project (BCIAP) is a project funded by the World Bank, the Government of the Netherlands, the Government of Balochistan and the local farming community. Its goal is to achieve sustainable development in per capita income from irrigated agriculture, to improve rural standards of living and alleviate poverty. Focus areas include women and community development; water and land management; and agriculture. Details of its project activities; areas where flood and perennial irrigation schemes are in progress; and the establishment of 'Farmers Organizations' (FO) as a model for an appropriate community organization are also given on this site, together with relevant contact information.

Thread Net Hunza:- A project of the Karakoram Area Development Organization (KADO), a non-profit community-based organization working to promote sustainable development of mountain areas in northern Pakistan. Comprising embroidery, carpets, traditional goat/yak hair rugs (Sharma), wood carvings, musical instruments and fabrics in traditional motifs and designs, the project aims to transform local crafts into globally marketable products and claims to generate work and income for about 2000 women producers. The website is linked to the 'Pan Asia' website (www.panasia.org.sg) which contains the images of these products and from where mail orders can be placed for them.

National Strategies for Sustainable Development:- Agenda 21, agreed at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, called on all countries to introduce National Strategies for Sustainable Development (nssd). OECD's Development Action Committee (DAC), runs a project that involves a review of experience with nssds, and other strategies for environment and development, in a number of developing countries on the basis of consultations with a range of stakeholders. This site has been prepared as a web based planning tool to assist the process - providing necessary background and reference material in support of these dialogues. Pakistan figures prominently on the site which provides the latest information on its National Conservation Strategy (NCS), especially the details of NCS Mid Term Review. Links to other relevant sites are also given.

The Balochistan Conservation Strategy (BCS):- The Balochistan Conservation Strategy (BCS) was prepared by the government of Balochistan with the technical assistance of IUCN-The World Conservation Union. It is a strategic plan designed to define and address the issues affecting the socio-economic development of Balochistan, through the sustainable use of its natural resources. The BCS aims to devise ways and means to weave environment and natural resource conservation with development and to recommend an institutional framework that will bring ownership, sustainability and efficiency in management of these vital endowments. The BCS focuses on an action programme to be implemented over the next 10 years. The report has three parts and all the data has been provided with on the site.

The World Bank in Pakistan:- The mission of World Bank is to fight poverty with passion and professionalism for lasting results. This website provides up-to-date information on World Bank-assisted programs, data, publications, and other information pertaining to Pakistan. The site aims to be a useful tool for sharing knowledge, promoting wider public access to information, and stimulating debate about development issues in Pakistan and around the globe. The site presents lists of projects in Pakistan. The site also  lists various internet sites containing information on development in Pakistan. The 2000-2001 World Development Report can also be accessed.

World Development Report 2000/2001: Attacking Poverty -- World Bank:- The full text of the World Development Report (WDR) 2000/2001: Attacking Poverty is now available for download. Along with the text of the report, World Bank has created a thorough Website that offers supporting information. Key resources include a large collection of background documents, conference and workshop papers, and the archive of the electronic discussion of the consultation draft. Also included is an ever-changing What's New section, the World Development Report Workplan, a calendar of events, and the WDR Newsletters. Though global in scope, WDR can be read in the national context of Pakistan.

Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund:- Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) was established in Feburary 1997 as a non-profit organisation. Its purpose is to improve the standard of living in Pakistan and to eliminate poverty. This site highlights the current operations of PPAF, the projects it will launch in the near future and its components. It also provides information on the governance structure of the organisation and an overview on the eligibility criteria of PPAF regarding its partner organisations. The news section provides the current updates on the activities of PPAF.

Asian Development Bank: Pakistan:- This section of ADB's website contains information about its operations in Pakistan in addition to some general development information about the country, details of the projects and latest news about them. List of publications, depository libraries and related links are also available. Some useful documents in the pdf format can be downloaded from the site.

Aga Khan Development Network:- Aga Khan Development Network is a worldwide network launched by Aga Khan, the spiritual head of the Ismaili community of Islam but its various agencies are private, international, non-denominational, organisations. Working in the areas of economic development, health, education, rural development, capacity building of NGOs, housing and architecture, the network is extremely active in Pakistan and has extensive projects, especially in the Northern Areas. This information is organized thematically on the website.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Pakistan:- UNDP is part of the United Nations and upholds the vision of the United Nations Charter. It is committed to the principle that development is inseparable from the quest for peace and human security and that the United Nations must be a strong force for development as well as peace. UNDP's mission is to help countries in their efforts to achieve sustainable human development by assisting them to build their capacity to design and carry out develop women and the protection and regeneration of the environment, giving first priority to poverty eradication. UNDP Pakistan addresses the issue of poverty eradication and SHD through three programme areas: (a) governance; (b) gender; and (c) sustainable livelihoods. This site is rich in its content. UNDP Pakistan Overview gives a quick overview of the Programme. The interested user can check out each Thematic Programme Area. For the ease of the netter a Consolidated Project Listing is also available. The site has links to the Sub Regional Resource Facility, Regional Governance Programme, Country Cooperation Framework 1998-2003, and Human Development Center. Moreover, a Media and Advocacy Page is also maintained on this site. Besides these, Performance Indicators have been identified. The UNDP main site can also be accessed.

DFID Urbanization:- The Department for International Development (DFID) is the British government department responsible for promoting development and the reduction of poverty. Developed on the rules of simplicity, site narrates its objective as 'The purpose of this website is to inform readers about current developments in the sector, and to focus on the work supported by DFID country programmes and research activities. The site provides an archive of DFID URBANISATION Newsletters, Executive summaries of all projects DFID has recently funded and Links to other engineering sector KaR sites. Above-mentioned sections have sub-links respectively and currently operational and supported by a search engine.

Pakistan Project "Alleviates Poverty":- A joint evaluation by FAO, Netherlands and Pakistan late in 1996 found that FAO's Participatory Rural Development project in the Punjab has had a "measurable, positive impact" on the region's poverty levels. Through its role as project implementing agency, the Faisalabad Agricultural University has learnt much about participatory development. Other linkages are also provided on the page relating to project.

Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Nets:- This page is one of the occasional papers of Human Development Report of United Nations Development Programme. From this paper we learn about the untargeted Government subsidies, Social Safety Nets; Public Income Transfer Programs: Zakat, Ushr and Bait-ul-maal program; and the Recent policy reforms and adjustments, poverty, and human development: some preliminary remarks.

UNIFEM -Eradication Feminized Poverty:- United Nations Development Fund for Women and the Agha Khan Foundation Canada Since 1994, have been collaborating on an action research project looking at alternative ways in which women are organizing for economic empowerment in South Asia. The site gives a brief introduction and the main objectives of the collaboration.

Changes in Poverty and Income Inequality under IMF-Supported Programs:- This site contains a document about the changes in poverty and income inequality under IMF-Supported program. The study, however, concluded that, although there was no evidence that IMF-supported programs worsened income inequality, different policy measures had different effects on different income groups.

Women in Urban Credit:- Women comprise almost half the population of Pakistan and are an integral part of its economy, both in the formal and informal sectors. Nevertheless, their efforts remain largely "invisible," and are not represented in economic decision-making. In order to meet their subsistence needs, women in urban areas are being forced to seek economic employment, but due to the lack of their mobility, education, skills, and access to credit facilities, they have limited options. The site gives information about the project whose executing agencies are the Government of Pakistan Ministry of Finance and the First Women Bank. The implementing agencies are the First Women Bank Limited with partnership of the Ministry of Women Development, national and international NGOs.

Pakistan-Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF):- With the funding of World Bank the Government of Pakistan launched PPAF with Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund Company 6-A Park Road, F-8/2, Islamabad, Pakistan as its implementing agency. The target population for the project are the poor and disadvantaged rural and urban communities, especially women. It is anticipated that under-served districts and communities that lack essential infrastructure and have high unemployment/ underemployment will be targeted. This site gives the introduction of the PPAF objectives, project benefits and risks, donor's equity and other important aspects of the project.

Bunyad:- The site comprises four sub-pages and a main page with a declaration of organisations establishment in 1994. Links narrate mission statement comprising two lines, Programmes, donors and Supporting Activity. The pages to view through these links carry statistical data on specific topics.

ASIANICS International, Pakistan:- ASIANICS inspires to improve standard of living of rural masses through agriculture and rural development in Pakistan and other developing countries. ASIANICS works in close cooperation with academia, government and people in providing technical assistance on development projects to eliminate backwardness and poverty.


International Water Management Institute (IWMI):- The International Water Management Institute is a scientific research organization focusing on the use of water in agriculture and on the water needs of developing countries. IWMI has ongoing research and development projects in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Mexico, the Philippines, Iran, Vietnam, China and Africa. It showcases research programmes and reports, publications, and papers by IWMI researchers published in scientific journals. The impact of IMWI's research on water management practice and policy is also available. One can also receive and submit information to IWMI's network of NGOs and related organizations. The services for journalists and publications section can be accessed in eight European languages. A software area, scientific library and regular news updates, special features, vacancy announcements, and necessary contact information round up this information rich website.

World Development Report 2000/2001:- Attacking PovertyWorld Bank. The full text of the World Development Report (WDR) 2000/2001: Attacking Poverty is now available for download. Along with the text of the report, World Bank has created a thorough Website that offers supporting information. Key resources include a large collection of background documents, conference and workshop papers, and the archive of the electronic discussion of the consultation draft. Also included is an ever-changing What's New section, the World Development Report Workplan, a calendar of events, and the WDR Newsletters.

Worldwatch Institute:- The Worldwatch Institute is an environmental research organization providing cutting-edge, interdisciplinary analysis of the trends that are shaping our future. Worldwatch supports initiatives to build an environmentally-sustainable economy and society through its studies of agriculture, biodiversity, energy, transportation, population, poverty, and health.

Regional Poverty Alleviation for Asia and the Pacific:- This is the site of a UNDP, China programme. The site includes details about the background, main objectives, project strategy, implementation status and budget and agencies involved. The programme targets the Asia-Pacific region because this region has t he largest concentration of poor in the world, despite economic growth. It is currently estimated that over 800 million people live in conditions of absolute poverty. The objective of the regional poverty alleviation programme is to increase the capacity of national and local governments and civil society organizations to effectively plan and implement poverty alleviation programme and activities in the countries of the Asia-Pacific region. Pakistan is also one of the country which is participating in thi s programme.

It has other similar programmes such as poverty alleviation and sustainable development in Yilong country, Sichuan. This site also consists of the background, main objectives and project budget/ agencies involved in the project.

Poverty Alleviation Output at UNCTAD:- This page contains links to poverty alleviation work carried out by UNCTAD (United Nations on Trade and Development). This site explains why UNCTAD has been involved in poverty alleviation; what has it done about poverty alleviation and the effects of glo balization and liberalization on poverty (Seminar on the effects of international economic relations on poverty).. The main objective of the Standing Committee on Poverty Alleviation created by UNCTAD is to contribute to national and international efforts to prevent, alleviate and reduce poverty, particularly where it is more acute, as well as to the formulation of related national and international policies, bearing in mind the diversity of country situations, including the particular problems of the lea st developed countries and the most vulnerable population groups. The Standing Committee on Poverty Alleviation was the first inter government body with open, universal membership to deal exclusively with issues of poverty prevention, alleviation and redu ction. It provides a forum for exchanging information and national experiences between governments, international organizations, other inter government bodies and non-governmental organizations on poverty issues. The site also consists of other poverty re lated links to poverty and human resources division of the World Bank and World Bank reports dealing with rural poverty alleviation

Poverty and Human Resources Division (PRDPH):- The PRDPH carries out policy-oriented research on the World Bank's overarching objective - reducing poverty - and on human resources issues. The division's work program is organized around the three elements of the Bank's poverty reduction strategy: incre asing employment opportunities for the poor by promoting labor-intensive growth; enhancing the human capital of the poor by investing in education and health; and providing effective, well-targeted safety nets for those who are unable to take advantage of these opportunities. This page provides information on the division's research on how labour market policies effect poverty and on how growth and poverty reduction can be sustained.

Poverty Net and the World Bank:- Poverty Net provides information to understand what is poverty, dimensions of poverty, measuring poverty, trends in poverty over time and the goals for the 21st century. It further elaborates how to respond to poverty and stresses upon the developing coun tries to embark on strategies that help them attain the goal of poverty alleviation. One of its links to inequality, poverty and socio-economic performance provides information on the relationship between distributional dynamics, economic growth and pover ty reduction. The site contains in-depth content on social capital in which evidence is provided which shows that social cohesion - social capital - is critical for poverty alleviation and sustainable human development of any country, state or region. The link to Safety Nets focuses on programmes that target the poor, and provides program specific examples of design issues and principles as it relates to: Cash Transfer, In-kind Transfers, and Public Works.

Social Crisis in East Asia:- This site covers the World Bank's efforts to address the financial and social crisis in South East Asia covering health and nutrition, and education; issues of poverty alleviation; employment and income maintenance in terms of short and long term.. Throug h this site reader is enabled to learn the social crisis in South East Asia, which countries are affected, who is affected within countries, how are households coping and what is the response of the World Bank and the international community. This web sit e provides resources and tools to support people and organizations working to address the social crisis. This East Asia Social Crisis web site is a collaborative effort between the East Asia regional team, the Poverty Group in the Poverty Reduction and Ec onomic Management Network, and the Human Development Network. Emphasis is placed upon the social indicators in which along with the definition, the key social indicators across all countries in the East Asia region are written which are used to assess the incidence of poverty. In addition to this, the social indicators have also been categorized by country.

PlaNet Bank:- PlaNet Bank is a new international non-governmental organization that aims at using the potentials offered by the Internet to develop micro-credit. PlaNet Systems supports mainly Micro-finance Institutions and NGOs implementing micro-finance programmes. P laNet Finance's goal is to inform the user about the institutions and its activities and propose specific modules like the inscription module or the donation one. The aim of this website is to acquaint reader with the activities of PlaNet Bank and how it helps in eradicating poverty. PlaNet Bank is located at Paris.

Programme for Research on Poverty Alleviation:- This site reflects the programme promoted by the Grameen Trust Bank of Bangladesh initiated by Professor Mohammed Yonus. The programme officially started in June 1994 with funding from Netherlands Government. The Grameen Bank of Bangladesh has been widely acknowledged as effective in reducing poverty. This site provides information and expertise facility, initiated to promote eradication of poverty via Grameen Trust and Grameen Bank. The site is designed to further the aim and objectives of this programme whose main objective is poverty alleviation as the slogan of Grameen Bank says, "poverty deserves only to remain in the museums". The web site provides in-depth information regarding the Grameen Bank activities through its publications and newsletters, a nnual reports and research summaries. The on-going research programmes at Grameen Bank and Grameen Trust are also pointed out. An extensive virtual library has also been developed. The services of Professor M. Yonus, in this website, are duly acknowledged while giving his bio-data and coverage of his works in magazines like New York Times, News Week, Time Line, Herald and Los Angeles Times. Different views concerning the Micro-credit Summit are also included in this site.

National Development Strategy - Poverty Alleviation:- This site highlights poverty and the measures taken in poverty alleviation in Guyana. This web site is one of the chapters of National Development Strategy. The basic features of the sector of National Development Strategy has been discussed in which one can learn the historical trends, poverty alleviation in the period of structural adjustment and the recent measures applied to poverty eradication within the development process. Legislative changes, in the website, are recommended to effect the poverty a lleviation objective and also mentioned along with policy recommendations are technical justifications for the proposed policy level interventions.

Local Organization in Rural Poverty Alleviation:- The programme, given in this website, is concerns the potentials that different types of local organization might have for bringing about changes in the conditions of specific groups of the poor as well as in the structural contexts that give rise to pove rty. It is a research programme at the Centre for Development Research located in Copenhagen. The site briefly discusses about a basic assumption that the relationship between local organizations and marginalised groups needs to be analyzed in its broad s ocial, economic and political context. It further gives the details of its eight researchers and their respective researches in Copenhagen, Banglore (India) and Guadalajara (Mexico).

Institute for Research on Poverty:- Institute for Research on Poverty is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, university-based center for research into the causes and consequences of poverty and social inequality in the United States. The United States Department of Health and Human Services also desi gnate it as a National Poverty Research Center. It is located at Wisconsin - Madison. The site highlights the steps taken by the Institute to deal with poverty problems and help eradicate poverty. Details about the description of the institute, its histor y, the available research opportunities and seminars and conferences held are present in the site. The latest and previous publications are also available on this site. It also provides links to other poverty-related information resources.

Gender Issues in Poverty Alleviation and Employment Promotion:- The site highlights the concern of the International Labour Organization with the problems of poverty and unemployment. The promotion of productive employment as a key to lift people out of poverty has thus become central to the ILO. It has been notified in the site that labour and employment issues are closely interrelated with problem of poverty. The key gender issues in poverty alleviation and employment promotion are addressed. The outline of the progress or achievements are given addressing poverty r elated issues by means of improved productivity and returns to labour; access to additional employment opportunities and to better terms and conditions of work; social protection for poor working women outside the realm of conventional schemes; and organi zational participation of women. There are also some direct targeted programs of ILO for employment creation and poverty alleviation pointed out in this site. Practical guidance/ recommendations on how to integrate the gender perspective in poverty allevi ation and employment creation are provided too.







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