Pathways to Prosperity project
PKSF MD inaugurates 2-day meeting with POs
The top management of PKSF has held a two-day meeting with all the 20 Partner Organisations that are implementing the Pathways to Prosperity project on the ground, to share the lessons learned during the piloting phase and also to give them a set of general guidelines for the project’s Implementation Phase.
The Project Implementation Unit (PIU) established at the PKSF level organised the meeting at the PKSF Bhaban on 22-23 January 2020. PKSF Managing Director Mr Mohammad Moinuddin Abdullah was the Chief Guest of the opening the session.
The meeting came at a crucial time for the project, with the one-year Inception Phase expected to end in March 2020 and the five-year Implementation Phase due to begin in April 2020.
The project, jointly funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the European Union (EU), aims to lift some 1 million people out of extreme poverty by 2025 by creating wage-based employments as well as self-employments through a range of multidimensional interventions.
Acknowledging that Pathways to Prosperity is indeed a challenging project, the PKSF Managing Director said both PKSF and its partners have decades of experience of implementing challenging projects successfully. “There is a general perception that the people in Bangladesh start many things, but never finish them. But in PKSF, we do finish whatever we start,” he added.
PKSF Deputy Managing Directors Mr Md Fazlul Kader, Mr Golam Touhid and Mr AQM Golam Mawla moderated different technical sessions of the meeting, participated by the Executive Directors of the POs or their representatives as well as other senior officials.
Other senior PKSF officials, including Senior General Managers, General Managers and PPEPP’s Sector Coordinators, were also present.
During the two-day meeting, PKSF officials held several technical workshops, including on extreme-poor household selection process, fraud management and project fund management.
They also delivered presentations on the project brief, initial findings from the piloting phase, and lessons learned during this phase.
Each of these sessions was followed by an open discussion and question-answer session in which participants raised various issues and challenges they face on the ground.
Presenting the initial findings during the piloting phase, Mr AQM Golam Mawla, also the Project Director, underscored the importance of accurate data collection for identifying the poorest of the poor in the project areas.
The project is being implemented in 15 districts of three poverty-prone geographical regions, namely Northwest Region, Coastal Belt and Northeast Haor Region. The piloting, which began on 1 October 2019, is being implemented in 17 Unions of 10 districts covering all the three regions.
Closing the session on 23 January, PKSF Deputy Managing Director Mr AQM Golam Mawla said that the project would have to find those sitting at the bottom rung of the ladder and work for them. “If we can do that, if we can lift them out of poverty, it will be a big achievement for us all.”