LACIP-II(July 2019-September 2020) is an integrated poverty reduction programme. It aims to develop disaster resilient public infrastructure and provide livelihood enhancement and protection (LEP) with social mobilization as the basis for all activities. LACIP – II is a joint venture of Federal Republic of Germany through KfW, Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) and SRSP. Interventions under the project are carried out in close coordination with community institutions, district administration and relevant government line agencies.
PPAF LACIP-II is being implemented in eleven (11) village councils (VCs) of four selected union councils (UCs) of Shangla district (Malak Khel, Shang, Bengalai and Musa Khel), benefiting over 5,850 households.
The successful completion of LACIP-I led to developing LACIP-II, which is an integrated project aimed at developing disaster resilient public infrastructure & provide livelihood enhancement and protection (LEP) and building linkages with local government institutions with social mobilization as the basis for all activities. It is supported by KfW, PPAF and implemented through SRSP to benefit 160,000 population. During the design phase, LACIP II was mainly focused on spadework including social mobilization/organization, capacity building of communities, identification and assessment of livelihood whereas the tangible interventions e.g. physical infrastructure, formation of common interest groups, skill/vocational trainings, linkage and coordination GLAs are undertaken during implementation phase
Selection of Project Areas
Selection of project implementation area was one of the basic and foremost steps of LACIP II. Based on vulnerability assessment, plights of poverty, internal social/political conflicts, past engagements, status of current/future funding, district Shangla was categorized as top priority. After deliberations and discussions, PPAF & SRSP developed a basic criterion for further selection of UCs and Villages within district Shangla that included backwardness of areas (rural UCs), low penetration of development assistance by government and non-government organizations, presence of PPAF, areas exhibiting social mobilization, geographic proximity of areas and conducive social and law and order situation to carry out project interventions.
Engaging Local Government Institutions
LACIP-II is designed to intensify cooperation of local communities and exchange of information and set up dialogue with local government entities (particularly at District, Tehsil and VC level). This will support the project in developing Village Development Plan (VDPs/VCDPs), identification of areas for capacity building, strengthening dispute resolution mechanism and inclusion of VCDP needs in Tehsil and district annual development plan. This applies particularly to building bridges between VCs and community institutions so that community needs articulated in Village Development Plans (VDPs) could be reflected and budgeted under governmental annual development plans (ADP).
Major Components and Achievements
- 21 community trainings have been conducted for 415 women and men community members covering themes of Disaster Risk Management, Conflict Resolution & Negotiation Skills, Environmental & Social Management & Operations & Maintenance.
- Terms of Partnerships (ToPs) have been signed with 14 Village Organizations for implementation of 14 integrated Area Up-gradation Projects (IAUP). Physical work on 11 IAUPs has already started while 3 projects are under procurement process.
- For livelihood enhancement and protection, assets were distributed among 40 women and 36 men beneficiaries.
- 4 events of Enterprise Development Trainings (EDT) were arranged for 76 (40 women) assets beneficiaries.
- Community Institutions have started coordinating with Village/Neighborhood Councils and established a mechanism of coordination with Tehsil and District Councils.
- The process of integrating Village Council Development Plans into district/tehsil development plans has been initiated.
- Communities have devised a local conflict resolution mechanism.
- Integrated Area Upgradation Plans with an active involvement of local communities has resulted in initiation/completion of Water Supply Schemes, Link Roads, Bridges, Sanitation Schemes, Disaster Mitigation Structures to benefit nearly 45,000 men and women population.
- Incomes of 73 men and women members have enhanced through establishment of local enterprises
LACIP-II specifically focuses on inclusion of poor, vulnerable & women community members. So far, the project has enhanced entrepreneurial capacities women in target districts along with provision of assets for enterprise development.
Environmental & Social Management Framework (ESMF)
- SRSP is an environment friendly and sensitive organization. It discourages use of harmful pesticide, herbicides, deforestation and inappropriate use of irrigation water etc. and encourage efforts of reforestation, soil protection measures, & appropriate use of available natural resources.
- SRSP & PPAF/LACIP-II project accords high priority to natural resource management and environmental conservation in its target areas. LACIP II endeavour to improve awareness & capacity for environmental management within staff and community members. The use of PPAF and World Bank’s environmental and social management framework has been followed and exercised to protect the environment.