Project Notice

PNR 40680
Organization Planning and Development Department, Government of Balochistan
Work Detail PROJECT DESCRIPTION 15. The Project is a US$50 million Investment Project Financing from the RSW and Pakistan’s core IDA allocation. The Project will also be co-financed by a US$15 million grant from the Multi Donor Trust Fund for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA and Balochistan. A. Project Development Objective PDO Statement 16. The Project Development Objective is to create employment opportunities for rural communities and achieve sustainability of enterprises in selected districts of Balochistan. PDO Level Indicators · PDO Indicator 1: Total Number of direct beneficiaries (disaggregated by relevant demographics including men, women, refugees and other vulnerable groups) (Corporate Results Indicator) · PDO Indicator 2: Beneficiaries of job-focused interventions, disaggregated by relevant demographics (Corporate Results Indicator) · PDO Indicator 3: Profitability of enterprises supported by the Project enhanced, disaggregated by gender · PDO Indicator 4: Percentage of enterprises supported through projects with ongoing operations after three years, disaggregated by gender Project Components 17. The Project has the following four components. Component 1: Economic Mobilization (US$6.59 million) 18. This component will support communities in rural and peri-urban areas of the selected districts by addressing the key constraints arising from the low population density and high cost of delivery in these far-flung areas. The Project will: i) mobilize technical and financial resources at the local level in a collective and transparent manner; and, ii) build capacity of existing and potential entrepreneurs to better manage and utilize local resources and savings for productive purposes. There are two sub-components. 19. Sub-component 1.1 – Community Facilitation will engage and develop a cadre of Local Facilitators (LFs) and Technical Resources Persons (TRPs)/specialists in selected districts of Balochistan to i) mobilize communities to form (organize and establish), revitalize and/or reactivate community-based groups through self-selection, attend group meetings and provide training; ii) screen and identify Enterprise Clusters (ECs), opportunity entrepreneurs and necessity entrepreneurs8 and assist them with the preparation of Enterprise Development Plans (EDPs) or Livelihoods Investment Plans (LIPs); iii) leverage community-based groups and their savings for the financing of EDPs and LIPs of eligible ECs and/or entrepreneurs; and, iv) assist Project Management and Implementation Unit (PMIU) in monitoring the Project’s performance. This sub-component will also strengthen fiduciary capacity of office bearers, community groups, LFs, ECs and entrepreneurs. LFs may include refugees while TRPs will be hired from the host community since they will be requiring greater skills, which refugees will likely not possess. 20. Sub-component 1.2 – Citizens’ Engagement will develop and roll out a Citizens’ Engagement Strategy comprised of training modules and annual perception surveys aimed at: i) changing citizens’ perceptions on state’s role in the job market from employed towards job facilitator through enabling environment and regulatory framework; ii) instilling attitudinal changes in local communities regarding the management of household income, moving away from consumption towards savings and investment; iii) altering local perceptions on women’s engagement in productive activities; iv) encouraging participation of structurally marginalized groups in livelihoods generating and/or investment activities; and, v) sensitizing local communities on climate-smart practices. Component 2. Promoting Enterprise Development and Livelihoods (US$37.28 million) 21. This component will support local entrepreneurs and individuals to enhance viability through the provision of matching grants, business development support, vocational training and business support facilities. In the context of prevailing socio-economic conditions in the targeted districts, interventions proposed for enterprise facilitation in this component are guided by two principles. First, support to enterprises should be extended with the objective of enhancing profitability, which implies facilitating improved productivity, higher sales and reduced costs of production. This requires product diversification to promote competition, access to new markets and adoption of climate smart technologies to ensure sustainability and mitigate the impact of climate change. Also, there is a need to recognize that skill enhancement per se will not lead to the establishment or growth of enterprises; skills trainings have to be relevant to specific sectors and contextualized, thereby leading to greater efficiency of doing business. Second, while there is potential to support rural populations in establishing new businesses, not all enterprises supported through the Project will be successful
Funded By 106
Country Pakistan , Southern Asia
Project Value 50 Million

Work Detail

PROJECT DESCRIPTION 15. The Project is a US$50 million Investment Project Financing from the RSW and Pakistan’s core IDA allocation. The Project will also be co-financed by a US$15 million grant from the Multi Donor Trust Fund for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA and Balochistan. A. Project Development Objective PDO Statement 16. The Project Development Objective is to create employment opportunities for rural communities and achieve sustainability of enterprises in selected districts of Balochistan. PDO Level Indicators · PDO Indicator 1: Total Number of direct beneficiaries (disaggregated by relevant demographics including men, women, refugees and other vulnerable groups) (Corporate Results Indicator) · PDO Indicator 2: Beneficiaries of job-focused interventions, disaggregated by relevant demographics (Corporate Results Indicator) · PDO Indicator 3: Profitability of enterprises supported by the Project enhanced, disaggregated by gender · PDO Indicator 4: Percentage of enterprises supported through projects with ongoing operations after three years, disaggregated by gender Project Components 17. The Project has the following four components. Component 1: Economic Mobilization (US$6.59 million) 18. This component will support communities in rural and peri-urban areas of the selected districts by addressing the key constraints arising from the low population density and high cost of delivery in these far-flung areas. The Project will: i) mobilize technical and financial resources at the local level in a collective and transparent manner; and, ii) build capacity of existing and potential entrepreneurs to better manage and utilize local resources and savings for productive purposes. There are two sub-components. 19. Sub-component 1.1 – Community Facilitation will engage and develop a cadre of Local Facilitators (LFs) and Technical Resources Persons (TRPs)/specialists in selected districts of Balochistan to i) mobilize communities to form (organize and establish), revitalize and/or reactivate community-based groups through self-selection, attend group meetings and provide training; ii) screen and identify Enterprise Clusters (ECs), opportunity entrepreneurs and necessity entrepreneurs8 and assist them with the preparation of Enterprise Development Plans (EDPs) or Livelihoods Investment Plans (LIPs); iii) leverage community-based groups and their savings for the financing of EDPs and LIPs of eligible ECs and/or entrepreneurs; and, iv) assist Project Management and Implementation Unit (PMIU) in monitoring the Project’s performance. This sub-component will also strengthen fiduciary capacity of office bearers, community groups, LFs, ECs and entrepreneurs. LFs may include refugees while TRPs will be hired from the host community since they will be requiring greater skills, which refugees will likely not possess. 20. Sub-component 1.2 – Citizens’ Engagement will develop and roll out a Citizens’ Engagement Strategy comprised of training modules and annual perception surveys aimed at: i) changing citizens’ perceptions on state’s role in the job market from employed towards job facilitator through enabling environment and regulatory framework; ii) instilling attitudinal changes in local communities regarding the management of household income, moving away from consumption towards savings and investment; iii) altering local perceptions on women’s engagement in productive activities; iv) encouraging participation of structurally marginalized groups in livelihoods generating and/or investment activities; and, v) sensitizing local communities on climate-smart practices. Component 2. Promoting Enterprise Development and Livelihoods (US$37.28 million) 21. This component will support local entrepreneurs and individuals to enhance viability through the provision of matching grants, business development support, vocational training and business support facilities. In the context of prevailing socio-economic conditions in the targeted districts, interventions proposed for enterprise facilitation in this component are guided by two principles. First, support to enterprises should be extended with the objective of enhancing profitability, which implies facilitating improved productivity, higher sales and reduced costs of production. This requires product diversification to promote competition, access to new markets and adoption of climate smart technologies to ensure sustainability and mitigate the impact of climate change. Also, there is a need to recognize that skill enhancement per se will not lead to the establishment or growth of enterprises; skills trainings have to be relevant to specific sectors and contextualized, thereby leading to greater efficiency of doing business. Second, while there is potential to support rural populations in establishing new businesses, not all enterprises supported through the Project will be successful

Key Dates

Project Date 30 Jun 2024

Contact Information

Project Name Balochistan Livelihoods and Entrepreneurship Project
Address Team Leader Maha Ahmed

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