Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) is working to diversify people’s choices and come out of poverty, said PKSF Chairman Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad yesterday.
He was speaking at a webinar organised to share the progress of a programme, titled “Pathways to Prosperity for Extremely Poor People”, being implemented by PKSF with joint funding from UK government’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and European Union, said a press release.
Abdur Rouf Talukder, senior secretary, Finance Division, Ministry of Finance, spoke at the webinar as chief guest while Financial Institutions Division Additional Secretary Arijit Chowdhury, FCDO Development Director Judith Herbertson and EU Head of Delegation to Bangladesh Maurizio Cian were special guests.
Popularly known as ‘Prosperity’, the six-year programme is working to lift 10 lakh people belonging to 2.5 lakh households out of extreme poverty by 2025.
The programme, launched in April 2019, is covering nearly 200 unions of 43 upazilas under 15 districts across the country.
People living in these districts face present and future climate shocks that threaten their lives and livelihoods. During the first year of the prosperity programme, more than 30,000 households have been brought under its coverage, the release added.
High officials of different ministries and departments, deputy commissioners and upazila nirbahi officers also spoke among others at the webinar.