PPAF and University of Malakand join hands to empower youth

By Team BitBol, 

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Pakistan
Poverty Alleviation Fund and University of Malakand on Thursday to support university students in their
endeavors to accelerate socio economic development in their respective areas. The partnership focuses
at involving and encouraging the local youth to further strengthen prospects of integrated development
by working on innovative themes primarily in the areas where PPAF is implementing the Program for
Poverty Reduction funded by the Italian Government through the Italian Agency for Development
Cooperation (AICS).
Under the MoU signed PPAF will link university students to a youth engagement communication
initiative for sustainable community self-development through a Pakistani-Italian liaison wherein
universities will be fostered by an Italian University (managed by PPAF) to liaise with other Italian
Speaking on this occasion, CEO PPAF, Qazi Azmat Isa said, “The youth of Pakistan has immense potential,
they have a drive to bring about a positive change and we want to leverage this passion by providing
them the right platforms. I am confident that students of Malakand University will greatly benefit from
the partnership and will get to learn about innovative methods to address various socio-economic needs
of vulnerable communities.”
Vice Chancellor Malakand University, Prof. Dr. Gul Zaman appreciated the initiative of PPAF and assured
full cooperation to achieve the objective. He said, “We already working through involvement of youth in
some similar interventions and this mutual cooperation will further strengthen the efforts and will help
youngsters to discover new ways by which they can bring about a positive change in their areas.”
A similar MoU has already been signed with Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine
Sciences (LUAWMS) and University of Turbat (Balochistan) , while the signing of MoU with University of
Chitral and University of Swat will take place in the next few weeks.
The Program for Poverty Reduction is being implemented by PPAF through its partner organizations in
38 union councils of 14 districts in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. PPAF now aims to work in
collaboration with different universities and educational institutes to promote self-development in
youth and encourage them to explore socio economic needs of their areas.
As part of these MoUs, an Italian University will set up Pakistani-Italian Inter-University Associations
with the support of AICS and PPAF to link the Italian and Pakistani academic institutions focused on the
disciplines like ICT, rural development and olive crop, sustainable tourism and cultural heritage,
environment, health and nutrition.
Pakistani universities will select local students- “youth communicators for development” who will
receive trainings from the Italian academia in their area of interest, the students will also get an
opportunity to take up projects during which they will work with the local communities to share their

learning and unleash potential of the local communities for creating and promoting an environment for
sustainable social and economic development.
The collaboration will allow all stakeholders an opportunity to research and conduct workshops related
to topics of mutual interest.
The PPAF’s Programme for Poverty Reduction is contributing towards creation of sustainable conditions
of social and economic development through integrated development approach. The program has
helped improve health and education services in the targeted areas through implementation of
innovative interventions.

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