The problem addressed by the campaign:
- In general, rural people are the
most disadvantaged in terms of access to services, including education and
skills training, and are least served by infrastructure. Rural women, young
adults and people with disabilities face even greater disadvantages and are
often denied general services.
- In Pakistan, nearly two-thirds of
the population and 80% of the country’s poor people live in rural parts of the
country. The North West Frontier Province (NWFP) is one of the poorest
provinces in the region. Ongoing conflict in the area has impaired efforts to
tackle poverty and all its dimensions.
- A decade-old conflict in the
southern island of Mindanao has led to declining economic activity, fewer
employment opportunities and decreased personal income. Poverty incidence in
the region has been reported at 75%.
- In both countries, rural populations have suffered
from peace and security issues for decades. Jobs and foreign investment are
limited, as is governmental capacity to address poverty.
Conclusions and Recommendations:
training to move people in rural communities into more productive work is
essential for reducing poverty and promoting social and economic development in