EU-PKSF sign €23 million grants agreement for extreme poverty reduction

PKSF Managing Director Dr Nomita Halder ndc, left, and Head of Cooperation, EU Delegation to Bangladesh Mr Maurizio Cian, right, pose for a photo after signing the grant agreement.

The European Union (EU) and Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) signed a Grant Agreement to implement a new project styled “Pathways to Prosperity for Extremely Poor People (PPEPP)-European Union” today, 29 December 2022.

The signing ceremony was held at PKSF Bhaban, Agargaon, Dhaka, with PKSF Managing Director Dr Nomita Halder ndc and Head of Cooperation, EU Delegation to Bangladesh, Mr Maurizio Cian inked the agreement worth EUR 22.81 million on behalf of their organisations.

PPEPP-EU project will support 215,000 most vulnerable extremely poor households (about 0.86 million people) in 145 unions of 12 districts where poverty rates are higher than the national average. The specific objective of the project is to enable the target people to exit from extreme poverty and make significant progress along a pathway towards prosperity.

The project will work in flood-prone river basin area of northwestern region (Rangpur, Kurigram, Dinajpur, Thakurgaon, Nilphamari and Gaibandha), cyclone and saline-prone southwestern region (Khulna, Satkhira, Bagerhat, Patuakhali and Bhola), and northeast haor region (Kishoreganj) and some ethnic minority clusters in the north. 

The project will work around livelihoods and enterprise development, nutrition and primary healthcare, access to services through community mobilisation, disability inclusion, climate resilience building and women empowerment. Target groups will include women-headed households, single mothers, the elderly, households with child labour, persons with disabilities, people of third gender and intersectional groups such as ethnic minority.  

PPEPP-EU’s legacy project – Pathways to Prosperity for Extremely Poor People (PPEPP) – was originally launched by PKSF in 2019, with joint funding from the UK government’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO; formerly DFID) and the EU.

Following FCDO’s exit from the project after four years of successful interventions, the EU signed separate grant contracts with the Economic Relations Division, Ministry of Finance, GoB, and PKSF to continue the project for the next three years.