Institution Building

After successful completion of Northern Area Development Project (NADP) in 2009, the Diamer Poverty Alleviation Programme (DPAP) was established by the Government of Gilgit-Baltistan in 2010 and incorporated with the Registrar Joint Stock Companies as a non-profit organization.

Overall objective and mission of DPAP is to improve the livelihood and quality of life of the rural population in Diamer district by creating human, physical, social, financial and knowledge based capital for the poor marginalized and disadvantaged groups.

To strengthen DPAP, International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) the main donor of NADP awarded a grant of 200,000U$ in shape of project titled as “Support for Institution-Building of the Diamer Poverty Alleviation Programme”

The goal of the project is to contribute to the strengthening of the institutional capacity of DPAP as a pro-poor institution in district Diamer.

The objectives of the project are:

  • Improving DPAP’s management competences to enable it to provide significant services to the communities on sustainable basis
  •  Capacity building of Community Organizations and Women Development Groups to uplift their institutional sustainability
  • Refining the relationships of COs/WDGs with public private sector service providers and
  • Encourage local community’s market linkages.

Mainly the grant is divided into three main categories:

  • Capacity building of Staff and Communities
  • Community revolving fund
  • Strengthening the Institutional Capacity of DPAP

Target Group

Northern Areas Development Project (NADP) had formed a total of 604 COs/WDGs. The target group of the grant will be about 100 COs and 100 WDGs from the more marginalized communities. This targeting scope is for the purpose of: (a) ensuring a sharper poverty focus, and (b) mitigating any potential risks caused by the construction of the planned Diamer Basha Dam. The participating communities should be those which are unlikely to require resettlement of population, to avoid the loss of livelihoods and/or agricultural development opportunities.

Activities

The following are the specific project activities:

1)    Strengthening of DPAP, including strategic planning capacity (strategy development, policy formulation and business plan), system improvement (MIS, PME, financial management, etc.), capacity enhancement, testing on Islamic mode of microfinance;

2)    Strengthening and capacity-building of COs/WDGs, including managerial skill enhancement, targeted support for WDGs, and institutional consolidation (local support Organizations (LSOs)); and

3)    Support for income-generation and market linkages, with a focus on value addition,