Nine Prosperity partner organisations started setting up branches in their respective piloting unions last week so they can take the programme interventions at the doorsteps of the extreme poor people.
It came after the Prosperity Programme Implementation Unit at the PKSF approved the plan and its budget.
The move will expedite the programme activities, which are being affected by the Covid-19 impacts across the country.
Through the branches in the 17 piloting unions, the POs will now be able to start providing various services under the programme’s Livelihoods and Enterprise Development, Nutrition and Community Mobilisation components as well as other cross-cutting issues.
More than 34,000 extreme poor households of the 17 unions in 10 districts receive various services through these branches. These households were identified through the household census during the piloting, which began on 1 October 2019 and ended on 31 March 2020.
The unions where POs are setting up branches are Gabura and Shobhonali in Satkhira, Amkhola in Patuakhali, Bhelumia in Bhola, Morneya in Rangpur, Shilkhuri in Kurigram, Fulbari in Dinajpur, Shoulmari in Nilphamari, Itna in Kishoreganj, Karimpur in Sunamganj, Binodpur, Gopalpur and Daudpur in Dinajpur (ethnic minority) and Balia, Jagannathpur, Nargun and Rahimanpur in Thakurgaon (ethnic minority).
“This is a crucial step towards the main implementation of the Pathways to Prosperity programme. Prosperity members can now finally start receiving the supports they need,” said AQM Golam Mawla, Deputy Managing Director of the PKSF, who is also the project director.