A flagship programme of Ministry of Poverty Alleviation & Social Safety, Government of Pakistan and IFAD


National Poverty Graduation Programme (NPGP) is funded by International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) and Government of Pakistan. The Programme is being implemented through a Project Management Unit under Ministry of Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety as a Lead Programme Agency, and its eight partner organizations in 21 districts of four provinces of Pakistan.

The Programme has two major components; 1) Poverty Graduation (USD 117.8 million); and 2) Social Mobilization (SM) and Programme Management (USD 14.8 million). The first component mainly focuses on productive Assets Creation (or Transfer), Interest-Free Loans (IFLs), and Training of Assets and IFL Beneficiaries. The second component entails SM, formation, and training of Community Resource Persons (CRPs), capacity building of Community Institutions (CIs), research studies, conferences, and policy briefs.


The Programme aims “to assist the ultra-poor and very poor in graduating out of poverty on a sustainable basis while simultaneously improving their overall food security, nutritional status, and resilience to climate change.”

The development objective of the project is “to enable the rural poor and especially women and youth to realize their development potential and attain a higher level of social and economic wellbeing through a proven, flexible, and responsive menu of assistance’’. 

Graduation Model

The Graduation Arc depicts the poverty graduation model as a sequence of consumption support, skills enhancement, asset transfer, saving and microfinance, with “graduation” into sustainable livelihoods as the end goal. Different interventions are tailored to each poverty band to ensure that the correct mix of tools are used to effectively graduate beneficiaries to a higher score on the poverty score card. The beneficiaries with a score between 0 to 37 are eligible for a combination of asset transfers and training. This includes social safety nets, cash transfers and other social protection programmes. The beneficiaries scoring between 0-50 are offered interest free and concessional loans as well access to microfinance plus schemes. The beneficiaries scoring above poverty score of 50 are offered regular microfinance and SME Finance business support.