It was there that we met Manzooran, who told us about how the village—and her children—suffered during the floods. Access to schools, markets, and hospitals was cut off for Manzooran, her children and the other residents of her village when they needed it most.
It is in this context that the Government of Sindh is rolling out a US$ 75 million community public works program, restoring damaged infrastructure while providing urgently needed income for vulnerable households.
Through a combination of government data and a consultative process, the poor and most vulnerable residents are prioritized to participate.Manzooran joined 27 others, including widows and disadvantaged women and men of the district, to build an essential community access road. The program applies an approach of community-led adaptation by rehabilitating infrastructure in a climate-resilient manner, utilizing local materials and knowledge.
Boosting financial inclusion
The participant-centric mechanism allows participants to choose the banking service of their choice for payment. The Sindh government is forging partnerships with digital service providers to enable mobile cash transfers.
In a country where financial inclusion remains one of the lowest in the world—at 16 percent overall and merely 11 percent for women—bank accounts can be transformational in closing the inequality gap.
As Pakistan recovers from the floods, it’s important that programs continue to target the poorest people who were affected.
Widows, home-based workers, day laborers, and persons with disabilities are prioritized.As Pakistan recovers from the floods, it’s important that programs continue to target the poorest people who were affected.
Yoko Okura is a Disaster Risk Management Specialist and Jamal Mustafa Shoro is a Consultant for the Sindh Flood Emergency Rehabilitation Project (Livelihoods) at the World Bank.