Punjab Economic Opportunities Program

Summary

The Government of Punjab supported by Department for International Development (DFID) introduced a bold poverty alleviation initiative in July 2011. Its aim was to increase incomes and economic stability in low income families residing in the high poverty districts of Punjab of Southern Punjab.

Punjab Economic Opportunities Program (PEOP)’s goal is to increase the rate of income growth in poor and vulnerable households in high poverty districts of Southern Punjab, Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar, Lodhran and Muzaffargarh, by augmenting the skills-base of low income, poor and vulnerable families through vocational training.

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Principal Investigators

Dr. Asim Ijaz Khwaja, Harvard Kennedy School
Dr. Ali Cheema, Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives
Dr. Farooq Naseer, Lahore University of Management Sciences
Dr. Jacob Shapiro, Princeton University


Partners and Funders


Project Period

July 2011- Ongoing




Goal

Increase the rate of income growth in poor and vulnerable households in high poverty districts of Southern Punjab – Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar, Lodhran and Muzaffargarh.

Objective

Augment the skills-base of low income, poor and vulnerable families through vocational training