This Country Programme has been modified and extended in time as per Budget revision 67(see below).until June 2011
Pakistan is classified as a low-income, food-deficit country with a predominantly rural population and a gross national product per capita of US$470. The population in 2002 was estimated at 141.5 million, with an annual growth rate of 2.6 percent. The majority of the population—84.7 percent—live with a marginal income of less than US$2 per day.
One third of the population live below the poverty line and are unable to purchase enough food to lead a healthy life. This consumption poverty has contributed to poor human development, disproportionately so among women and children, particularly in rural areas.Social indicators such as literacy and health reflect similar situations.
To respond to the above situation, the Government of Pakistan has outlined several poverty-reduction strategies, many of which have been adopted within the UNDAF. The CP will help to improve access to food in ways that enable women and girls to take advantage of development opportunities and will address gender disparity in education, health and access to productive assets.
The expected outcomes of the country programme include:
- retention of girls in schools;
- increased enrolment rates for girls;
- increased attendance by women at rural health facilities to obtain reproductive health care and immunization;
- increased organizational and self-development capacities of the various women’s groups, achieved through creation and preservation of assets.