1.2 Economic Graduation of the ultra-poor, Women & Youth sub component: The subcomponent will support ultra-poor and poor households, women and youth and increase their incomes through the provision of productive assets, skills, job market preparation and facilitation of linkage to other sources of finance including NPGP. The selection of target beneficiaries will be through the BISP Poverty Score Card.

  1. Youth Job Market Readiness: A job-market survey and a youth census will be completed prior to project start-up under GLLSP II. Two sets of trainings for youth will be available – one for youth with required educational qualifications and one for those without. The first group will essentially be prepared for regular employment through training at accredited training institutions, internship opportunities at project supported value chains and infrastructure and job placement support. The second group will be trained at suitable institutions and/or work places to get skills for employment or start their own micro-enterprises. Around 2,000 (actual based on final results of Youth Census) male and female youth from agriculture communities will benefit from this activity. Financial inclusion of poor women and youth through a formalized arrangement for access to interest free loans under IFAD-funded NPGP as well as Government’s other Interest Free and subsidized Loans schemes (Ehsas, Kamyab Naujawan etc) will also be facilitated for the implementation of which PPAF has agreed to extend coverage to these two districts. Project will provide technical assistance to GoB for the development of a comprehensive youth policy and action plan.