Punjab Economic Opportunities Program


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.
The vocational training and skills component of PEOP is being implemented by the Punjab Skills Development Fund (PSDF), which is a not-for-profit organisation set up by the Government of Punjab in collaboration with DFID. PSDF has been created to provide access to low income members of the society to vocational training and skills acquisition programmes with an aim to implement the ‘Theory of Change’.

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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

Punjab Skills Development Fund (PSDF)
Department for International Development (DFID)

Project Period:

July 2011


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


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