POVERTY ERADICATION IN BALOCHISTAN: (A STUDY OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS)

Abstract

According to the Ministry of Planning, Development, and Reform (2016),”nearly 39% of Pakistani live in multidimensional poverty with highest rates in Federally Administration Tribal Areas (FATA) and Balochistan. Over two-thirds of people in Balochistan (71%) live in multidimensional poverty”. Community development programs are a collection of programs prepared to develop the people living standard and reduce poverty. The first program was initiated in 1954 through the Federal Government of Pakistan which is known the pilot project in Karachi. Since 1954 till today a number of programs have been executed by Government departments and NGOs to reduce poverty and develop the socioeconomic condition of people particularly the deprived people. The aim of the research study was to know the major contribution of community development towards the reduction of poverty in Balochistan. The parameter was used for evaluation included utilization of poverty eradication programs, change in poverty level and the number of beneficiaries.

Siraj Bashir, Mumtaz Ali, Mukhtar Bashir