Poverty Alleviation

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Poverty Alleviation


Poverty alleviation is the first and most important single greatest challenge which the world faces today. It is a subject that many least developed countries and developing countries have been grappling with for a long time. Poverty Alleviation is now the top priority on the international agenda for the 21st Century as set out in the United Nations’ eight Millennium Development Goals, owing to the fact that approximately 4 billion people live on less than two dollars a day and half of whom subsist on less than one dollar a day.

Poverty is generally associated with deprivation of basic social services such as health, education, food, knowledge, influence over one’s environment and economic infrastructure that help improve the quality of life at various levels of income.

About The Program

Recognizing the eradication of poverty to the national sustainable development Foundation for Progress has embarked upon a poverty alleviation program under the ‘Progress’ agenda of Building Partnership, Promoting, Sustainability to tackle the menace of poverty, through efforts to eradicate poverty through a multi-disciplinary systems approach, targeting issues of improving education and health, protecting natural resources, preventing impacts of natural disasters, ensuring economic and social well-being, and improving capacity and institutional development. The areas critical to sustainable poverty alleviation.


Pakistan Scenario

Poverty has many dimensions in Pakistan. It is characterized by wide variations between urban and rural areas, geographical regions, and gender. Poverty in Pakistan is predominantly rural. The poor in Pakistan have not only low incomes but they also lack access to basic needs such as education, health and poor environment. These undermine their capabilities, limits their opportunities to secure employment, results in their social exclusion and exposes them to exogenous shocks. The vicious cycle of poverty is accentuated when the governance structures exclude the most vulnerable from the decision making process.

The human development indicators for Pakistan are still low despite significant progress in recent years.

Focus Areas For Poverty Alleviation


Health is a key determinant of economic growth and development and is both a cause and effect of poverty. Aside from the serious consequences for social welfare, ill health deprives developing countries of human resources and the high cost of ill health reduces economic growth and limits the resources governments have available for investment in public health. As a result, improving health in developing countries is essential in order to reduce poverty,


Pakistan is faced with serious ecological crises, which has profound implications for the economy as well as human well being. Mismanagement and over consumption by the elite, through excessive and unsustainable use of natural resources, whether it is water, forest or soil in the croplands, all have badly damaged the national asset base of the country.

With this background Progress has undertaken an environmental friendly initiative promoting public awareness and education on environment...


Education is the birth right of every child. All children without distinction of gender, race, language, religion, or of any other kind have the right and privilege to develop and utilize their full potentials. Children living in especially difficult circumstances need special consideration.

With this background Progress has established child education centers in the marginizled and under privileged communities in the urban slums...

For further information please contact

Progress Secretariat

Plot No. 73/E-1, 9th Jami Commercial St,
Phase 7, D.H.A, Karachi, Pakistan.
Tel: (9221) 35802346; 35389098;
Fax: (9221) 35380931; Mob: 0300-8289400
Email: foundationforprogress@yahoo.com
Website: www.progress.org.pk