Training for Pakistan Project
Modern Skills for Individuals - For Brighter Pakistan
Programs

ECONOMIC GROWTH AND AGRICULTURE--

  • Research Study and Exposure Visit of PIFD College of Design Hala (October 31-November 14, In-country, 11 participants)

The College of Design Hala is an affiliate of the Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design (PIFD) located in District Matiari, Sindh. The Training for Pakistan Project arranged a 15-day research study tour and exposure visit to Multan, Lahore, Gujranwala, Gujrat and Islamabad. This program was especially designed and organized for students who are in their fifth semester of study in the ceramics and glassware department of the College of Design Hala. It covered areas/topics relevant to the students’ final theses and give them an opportunity to expand their knowledge, build their skills and interact with other professional craftspeople and teachers. Site visits to museums, schools, laboratories, artist studios, historical and architectural sites and monuments, production and manufacturing facilities are included to the program. This research and exposure visit provided students with skills on how to conduct survey/research and an opportunity to study ceramics architecture. The participants will be among the pioneering batch to support further growth of design and craft related studies. The graduates will be a great resource with the potential to be hired as faculty members for the ceramics department at the college, as well as for PIFD Lahore campus.

  • MIT EFP - Entrepreneurial Capacity Building Program and Conference – 2015 (June 1-November 30, 2015, Conference took place on November 13, 2015 in Karachi, 316 participants)

The Entrepreneurial Capacity Building Program allowed Pakistani women and research teams in early stages of starting their ventures to learn skills and to expand ideas into successful businesses and increase entrepreneurial opportunities for their corporations, institutions, and regions. It also allowed existing companies to come up with strategies to grow their businesses both locally and internationally. This training consisted of two phases: an in-country program which will lead to a US- based program. The program, conducted in several Pakistani and US cities:
• Build knowledge of potential and budding entrepreneurs about the process of entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial mindset.
• Build knowledge of potential and budding entrepreneurs about the business planning process, in particular opportunity identification and sizing, identification of target customers, analyzing the competitive landscape, coming up with solutions that meet market needs and deliver value to the customer while maintaining sustained competitive advantage. Also, developing a working business model, market strategy, effective techniques for acquiring a winning team, and developing the required financials.
• Build entrepreneurs’ skills related to Elevator Pitch, Value Proposition, Executive Summary, Business Plan and Business Plan Presentation.
• Exposed the teams to local and international experts.
• Enhanced entrepreneurs’ networks both within Pakistan and the US.
• Exposed selected entrepreneurs to world class entrepreneurial education at MIT’s Sloan School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
• Exposed selected entrepreneurs to the US market, expert advisors and investors.
The in-country phase will involve awareness sessions, registrations/nominations of participants and entrepreneurial education workshops. The program would be promoted with the help of technology and women’s associations, PSEB (Pakistan Software Export Promotion Board), incubation centers, National ICT R&D Fund, HEC (Higher Education Commission) and various universities. The awareness sessions will be conducted in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. The program will be promoted through social media. The objective of these sessions will be to raise awareness about entrepreneurship and to get teams (in the categories of Technology Companies, and Researchers, and Women-led Startups) to register for the business plan competition. The program included orientation sessions in three cities; participant selection; workshops in Karachi; Lahore and Islamabad; trainings by Pakistani and US experts; selection of the best business plan in each of the three tracks; Technology Companies, Researchers, and Women-led Startups/Companies and Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

  • Non-Bank Financial Institutions and Capital Markets Conference (January 13-15, 2016, Karachi, 256 participants)

The USAID, in collaboration with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) organized a three-day Conference in Karachi to discuss challenges and opportunities for advancement of the Non-Bank Financial (NBF) Sector and Capital Markets. This Conference was attended by over 256 speakers and participants who will include the Chief Executive Officers of the NBF companies in Pakistan, high ranking officials from Central Bank, SECP, Ministry of Finance and national and international industry professionals. The Secretary of the Finance Ministry, Governor State Bank of Pakistan and the USAID Mission Director were Chief Guests. This Conference aimed at discussing the challenges faced by the NBF sector and the Capital Markets in Pakistan and coming up with the solutions to remove the impediments hampering their growth.

The Conference discussed both the sectors of Non-Banking Finance and Capital Markets separately and included thoughtful discussions from industry professionals, investors and policy makers in each area and set of recommendations. The Conference eventually led to innovative solutions to industry problems. The financial products aimed at financial inclusion will provide affordable housing finance solutions, easy financing for SME, support employment generation and inculcate a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation in the financial markets. The outcomes from this Conference will contribute towards enhancing the ability of individuals and household to access appropriate financial services at competitive rates by utilizing innovative business models and efficient use of technology, also proved to be a platform for Pakistan to present its case to the foreign fund managers and investors and at the same time an occasion for senior SECP officials and local fund managers to interact with foreign fund managers.

  • Capacity Building Support and Training for the Government of Pakistan’s Ministry of Commerce, Islamabad - No. of participants: 56 ; Status: Completed

The Ministry of Commerce is the premier trade policy development and trade negotiation body of the Government of Pakistan which has recently intensified efforts to promote liberalization of trade and has been taking measures toward this end at the multilateral, regional, as a well as bilateral level. The Ministry is in the process of introducing a number of institutional and trade policy reforms to enhance trade flows. It is also in the process of either negotiating or implementing trade agreements with various potential trading partners. The USAID Training for Pakistan Project is providing training for Ministry staff in support of the completion of the key initiatives that are underway. 

This capacity building and training effort will directly benefit USAID ongoing and planned initiatives that support workforce development, trade liberalization, effective trade policy planning and implementation and enhance Pakistan’s export competitiveness. The overall goal of this intervention is to strengthen the institutional capacity of the Ministry, particularly in areas of trade policy planning and negotiation.

  • Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship MITEFP, Islamabad - No. of participants: 350; Status: Completed

The Conference is an annual event that brings together delegates from government, business, industry and academia across Pakistan, as well as international representatives, to discuss entrepreneurial innovation, strategy, culture and change which will impact on and benefit the business climate in Pakistan.  

  • Exposure Visit - Vegetable Production in a Controlled Environment (January 24-27, 2016, Daska, Punjab, 20 participants)

The program demonstrated benefits of tunnels and provided participants’ hands-on training into their construction and use. The training also briefed farmers on controlled environment management. Following this exposure visit, participants gained knowledge of controlled environment growing technologies not previously available to them, and they specifically understood how to utilize heated tunnels for year-round production; managing the temperature and humidity in the plastic tunnels; seedling production for use in tunnels; selection of high yielding varieties; land preparation; transplantation and crop management in tunnels; nutrient and pest management; fertigation techniques; use of mulches; temperature control; humidity control; packing, packaging and temperature control during and after harvest; product marketing. As a result of the training, participants were able to apply the knowledge and information they learned during the workshop immediately by utilizing the improved controlled farming techniques on their existing land and planning for the upcoming growing season. In addition, they had personal exposure and insight of the available technologies which they can apply in their farms and share with others. Participants had a command of various methodologies, such as growing seedlings, selection of varieties, mulching, fertigation, humidity control, and temperature management which can be used effectively to increase production of vegetables and other crops in very challenging environments .

  • Executive Certificate in Agribusiness Management , Lahore- No. of participants:10; Status: Completed

The main objective of the training is to transfer agribusiness management expertise to local input suppliers, producers, progressive farmers, processors and exporters and to give participants a clear understanding of agribusiness management practices. This course is expected to change the thinking and attitudes of the participants to help them improve their own production/processing and export businesses and most importantly to act as advocates for new methods and serve as models for others to follow.

  • On-Farm Water Management Training Program, Australia - No. of participants: 8; Status: Completed

The objective of this program is to deliver a ten-day training on “On-Farm Water Management” topics and skills to eight progressive farmers and public sector representatives involved in managing or selling efficient water management solutions in Pakistan. The On-Farm Water Management Training will improve the knowledge and skills of the trainees in the field of water management and enhance the capacity of the agriculture sector of the country.

  • On-Farm Water Management Training Program, Colorado State Univeristy, US - No. of participants: 8; Status: Completed

The objective of this program is to deliver a ten-day training on “On-Farm Water Management” topics and skills to ten progressive farmers and public sector representatives involved in managing or selling efficient water management solutions in Pakistan. The On-Farm Water Management Training will improve the knowledge and skills of the trainees in the field of water management and enhance the capacity of the agriculture sector of the country

  • Study of Halal Meat Production and Marketing, Malaysia - No. of participants: 8; Status: Completed

The program is designed to help Pakistani meat exporters to fully understand the crucial need for and range of halal meat certifications; to learn about regulations in other countries for importing meat; animal vaccination requirements; animal welfare and livestock management for halal meat; hygiene and secure facilities; animal slaughtering procedures; new techniques and automation in halal meat production; marketing of halal meat and creating linkages with importers in other countries.     

  • MIT Entrepreneurship Development Program and Road Shows (January 22-February 18, 2016, US, 3 Participants)

This US program included participation in the Entrepreneurial Development Program (EDP) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The participants also took part in a road show organized by the CRDF, TIE and the Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs of North America (OPEN) in Boston MA, Washington D.C., and Silicon Valley, CA where they met with and present their products/services to venture capitalists, investors, entrepreneurs and senior business executives. The Entrepreneurial Capacity Building Program allowed Pakistani early stage women-led Businesses and research teams to cultivate skills to enable them to develop ideas into successful businesses and increase entrepreneurial opportunities for their corporations, institutions, and regions. It also facilitated to develop strategies to grow their businesses both locally and internationally. This program fostered improved business planning and strategizing, streamlining of strategies, linkages with investors, presentation and marketing skills.

  • Workshop on Consumer Protection and Financial Literacy, Islamabad - No. of participants: 121; Status: Completed

The objective of the training intervention is to initiate an informed and focused dialogue on Consumer Protection and Financial Literacy in Pakistan among stakeholders (regulatory institutions, market participants, end-consumers, international agencies and the private sector) in order to take the CPFL reform agenda forward in Pakistan. The participants attending the training/workshops and meetings are expected to benefit from learning about international best practices, understanding the current state of affairs in Pakistan which, in turn, will allow them to develop a comprehensive forward-looking strategy to improve CPFL in Pakistan. The Workshop is based on a Diagnostic Review carried out in Pakistan in 2013. 

  • Conference on Science, Technology and Engineering for Development, Islamabad - No. of participants: 250; Status: Completed

The conference is part of a four-day entrepreneurship workshop and will lay out key development challenges that Pakistan faces in the energy, agriculture, education, and water sectors, as well as current initiatives to address them through science and technology.  The goal is to provide participants of the workshop a better understanding of the potential market for their science and technology-based solutions to basic development challenges.

  • Menswear Design and Development Training, Paris, France - No. of participants: 4; Status: Completed

Participants attending this training in France, specially organized for faculty of the Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design, have the opportunities to interact with and learn from international experts in the fashion industry which in-turn will aid the Institute’s ability to enrich its curriculum, impart knowledge and practical training to its students. The training also assists young graduates to better prepare for their fashion careers within Pakistan and abroad. 

  • Controlled Farming Training, Netherlands - No. of participants: 10; Status: Completed

The training provides the participants with knowledge on innovative technologies used to grow vegetables year-round in a controlled environment.  The participants are introduced to modern methodologies such as aeroponics, hydroponics and green house systems and this training enables them to explore ways of expanding the production level of the agriculture sector for domestic consumption as well as considering ways of using expanded production to enter competitive export markets. 

  • Digital Printed Fabrics Course, US - No. of participants: 2; Status: Completed

The objective of the “Digital Printed Fabric” course is to enhance the expertise of printing teachers who are on the faculty of the Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design in using new technologies, design development methods and print mediums: “Digital Printed Fabrics – Infinite Surface Design” and “Textile, Materials, Methods and Concepts.”  The improved technical and creative skills of the participants will enhance the Institute’s curriculum and allow them to conduct workshops and for-credit courses for textile students and other professionals at PIFD.   

  • The Art of traditional Shoemaking Training, US - No. of participants: 2; Status: Completed

The main objective of this course is to improve the knowledge of PIFD faculty about advanced processes in footwear manufacturing, shoe construction and materials, and improve PIFD’s ability to integrate new practices and skills into its curriculum. The training allows the participants to access international experts in fashion design and learn new design techniques, which will help PIFD enrich its curriculum and impart knowledge and facilitate practical training consistent with international standards.  This training will ultimately position PIFD to prepare its graduates to find employment in this competitive field or seek self-employment opportunities by setting up competitive boutiques and fashion studios. Faculty members from the Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design will attend an ARS Sutoria course on the “Art of Traditional Shoemaking” at the Fashion Footwear Association of New York (FFANY).

  • Fashion Buying and Merchandising Intensive Training, London, England - No. of participants: 1; Status: Completed

The training program offers comprehensive instruction on textile buying and merchandising. The training provides faculty from the Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design the opportunity to learn new techniques, tools and methodologies which will be eventually transferred to the students. The course covers international fashion merchandising, marketing strategies and dynamics of buying and merchandising activities.

  • Comprehensive CAD/CAM for Jewellery Course, US - No. of participants: 2; Status: Completed

The objective of the training program is to train faculty of the Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design in the use of sophisticated, state-of-the-art software programs as effective tools for training students them to become more creative jewelry designers and better skilled craftsmen. Gems and jewelry are developing sectors in Pakistan that have huge potential as export industries. Pakistan has great potential in the global trade of gems and jewelry and there are many pilot projects currently in Pakistan to support the growth of the sector.  In order to compete on the international market and to upgrade the local industry, new processes and technologies must be introduced.

  • On-Farm Water Management (OFWM) Training I, Kansas, US; No. of participants: 9; Status: Completed

This program will impart knowledge and skills in “On-Farm Water Management” to 9 progressive farmers and public sector representatives involved in managing or selling efficient water management solutions in Pakistan. The OFWM program at Kansas State University will improve the knowledge and skills of the trainees in the field of water management to enhance the capacity of the agriculture sector of the country. This is a repeat Program as USAID is working towards creating a cohort of specialists in this particular area of agriculture who can guide this sector in future.

  • On-Farm Water Management (OFWM) Training II, Kansas, US; No. of participants: 10; Status: Planned
     

This program will impart knowledge and skills in “On-Farm Water Management” to 10 progressive farmers and public sector representatives involved in managing or selling efficient water management solutions in Pakistan. The OFWM program at Kansas State University will improve the knowledge and skills of the trainees in the field of water management to enhance the capacity of the agriculture sector of the country. This is a repeat Program as USAID is working towards creating a cohort of specialists in this particular area of agriculture who can guide this sector in future.

  • Growing High Value Vegetables in a Controlled Farming I, Hague, Netherlands; No. of participants: 9; Status: Completed

The “Growing High Value Vegetables in a Controlled Environment” training was attended by 9 progressive vegetable growers, processors and exporters involved in high value vegetables grown in controlled environments. Objective of training was to increase the skills and knowledge of participants in the content area and to ultimately increase incomes and create employment in the agriculture sector. This training was conducted by the DLV Plant in the Netherlands and it aimed to provide exposure to these growers of the cutting edge mechanisms and technologies used for advancing in this sector. This is a repeat Program as USAID is working towards creating a cohort of specialists in this particular area of agriculture who can guide this sector in future.

  • Growing High Value Vegetables in a Controlled Farming II, Hague, Netherlands; No. of participants: 9; Status: Completed

The “Growing High Value Vegetables in a Controlled Environment” training was attended by 9 progressive vegetable growers, processors and exporters involved in high value vegetables grown in controlled environments. Objective of training was to increase the skills and knowledge of participants in the content area and to ultimately increase incomes and create employment in the agriculture sector. This training was conducted by the DLV Plant in the Netherlands and it aimed to provide exposure to these growers of the cutting edge mechanisms and technologies used for advancing in this sector. This is a repeat Program as USAID is working towards creating a cohort of specialists in this particular area of agriculture who can guide this sector in future.

  • Business Acceleration Program (BAP), Massachusetts Institute of Technology Enterprise Forum of Pakistan (MITEFP), Pakistan and US; No of Participants: 250- 300; Status: Completed

MIT EDP is an intensive training program through which participants meet venture capitalists, angel investors, serial entrepreneurs and senior executives.  The training and networking open new      opportunities for Pakistani entrepreneurs and result in investments and orders. The Enterprise Development Program  (EDP) leverages MIT's culture of high-tech entrepreneurship to help entrepreneurs, corporate venture executives and others involved in entrepreneurial environments learn what they need to develop ideas into successful businesses, and how to increase entrepreneurial opportunities in their corporations, institutions, and regions. The material will introduce participants to MIT's technology transfer system, entrepreneurial educational programs, and entrepreneurial network.

Through lectures by senior MIT faculty, visits to high-tech startups and live case studies with successful entrepreneurs, participants will be exposed to the content, context, and contacts that enable entrepreneurs to design and launch successful new ventures based on innovative technologies. Specially designed team projects give participants hands-on, practical experience developing business plans, while networking events bring participants together with members of MIT’s entrepreneurial community.

Participation in the OPEN Road Shows to be held in Boston, Massachusetts; Washington, D.C. and in the Silicon Valley area of California will allow participants to showcase their products to Pakistani diaspora who are highly successful entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, angel investors and to other business representatives who are potential investors, customers and partners for the visiting Pakistani entrepreneurs.  

  • Study Visit to Small Business Administration (SBA) (October 10-25, 2015, US, 20 participants )

The international benchmarking study tour to the Small Business Administration (SBA), USA was aimed to provide an opportunity to Pakistan’s Small & Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA), Ministry of Industries and Production (MOIP) and Planning Commission (PC) officials to gain first-hand knowledge of the strategy and programs for small and medium enterprises support and entrepreneurship development being implemented by SBA. The study tour was also aimed to facilitate interaction with relevant officials of SBA and provide an opportunity to forge institutional ties between Pakistani institutions (SMEDA, MOI and PC) and SBA. Knowledge gained through the exposure visit would enable the Pakistani entities to customize and design interventions and support mechanisms for Pakistan, in the context of its five-year SME Development Plan (2013-18).

  • Pakistan Institute for Fashion and Design: Textile: Material, Methods + Concepts & Fundamentals of Oil Painting, Rhode Island, US; No of participant 1; Status: Completed

The Rhode Island School of Design courses on material, technique and conceptual development will cover traditional textile techniques and technologically enhanced approaches on rarely accessible, world-class equipment for the participant. The objectives of this training are to explore fundamentals of textile arts and design, with exploring pattern, color and texture through an in-depth investigation of traditional textile techniques and a broad investigation of materials;  expanse of textiles including design industries, technological advances and applications; gain an understanding of the physical, narrative and conceptual qualities of fiber and fabric through hand-manipulated textile practices including hand knitting, felting, dyeing and silkscreen printing; explore and understand the challenging medium in oil painting; and various techniques of paint application, from underpainting and glazing to impasto and direct painting methods.

  • Pakistan Institute for Fashion and Design: Institute for Educational Management Training, Cambridge, MA, US; No of participant 1; Status: Deferred to 2016

The Institute for Educational Management (IEM) course at the Harvard Institute for Higher Education has been designed for experienced administrators who are responsible for thinking strategically about their institutions’ change agendas. The participant will learn to analyze which aspects of the institutional mission and culture are critical to future success; how to close the gaps between intentions, actions and results; what leaders can accomplish; and motivate others to achieve. The program will explore ways participants can evaluate the state of their institutions and determine how well-positioned they are to meet current and future challenges and be better prepared to lead organizational change. The main objectives of the training are to master new approaches to leadership; develop and implement effective strategies; review and assess the impact of changes in the higher education environment; evaluate the impact of new initiatives and alliances; realign faculty and financial resources; understand and overcome the challenges of organizational change. The training will provide guidelines for formulating policies for future enhancement and expansion in line with ground realities which will lead to sustainable development; strategic planning and its implementation; and allocation of resources, deployment of resources and implementation of academic policies which are consistent with the strategy.

  • Study of Meat Export Certification and Establishment of Business to Business Contacts, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; No of participant 9; Status: Completed

This specialized training was provided by University Saint Islam with the objective of familiarizing Pakistani meat exporters/producers with the certification requirements of the rest of the world and exposing them to the Annual Halal Trade Show which brings together the professional of this field once a year. The aim was to provide participants with the opportunity to network with other importers/exporter as without doing that, the huge share that Pakistan can potentially have in the meat market, will not be properly achieved. The training focused on establishing business-to-business contacts.

  • Study of Horticulture Value Chain in California- Table Grapes– California, US; No of participant 10; Status: Completed

The main objective of the training is to transfer grape business management expertise to Pakistani producers, progressive farmers, processors and those involved in producing and marketing grapes and to give participants a clear understanding of the various steps that are involved in the grape value chain.  The training provider will be Fresno State University in California. 

 

STABILIZATION AND GOVERNANCE:

  • Strengthening the Rights and Justice Framework and Agenda – Pakistan (December 2015-January 2016, In-country trainings in Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore, 46 participants)

This training was conducted for Ministry of Law, Justice, and Human Rights (MoLJHR) staff at both federal and provincial levels to capacitate them to better advocate for human rights agenda in Pakistan. The three batches of trainings in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi focused on building the capacity of MoLJHR staff on report writing, networking, legislation, advocacy, and sensitization. MoLJHR is responsible for collecting data related to human rights abuses and reporting on the state of human rights on an annual basis. The MoLJHR staff (both federal and provincial level) are engaged in the process of data collection but lacks the ability to prepare quality reports. The main objective of the training was to build capacity of the MoLJHR staff with the aim of increasing awareness and understanding of human rights issues in Pakistan, and how to more effectively advocate for attention to the rights of marginalized/vulnerable populations. By developing the capacity of Ministry of Law, Justice, and Human Rights, the training program contributed to a Pakistani justice system (writ large) that is more inclusive and effective.

  • Urban Futures Workshop and Meetings; Bangkok, Thailand - No. of participants: 3; Status: Completed

The Global Development Lab and the USAID Regional Development Mission for Asia hosted an Urban Futures Workshop in Bangkok this year to help USAID set a path forward in addressing urban resilience in Asia. Included among the 100 participants were three representatives from Pakistan, sponsored by the USAID Training for Pakistan Project.  

The Workshop brought together USAID staff and implementing partners with leading thinkers and academics, progressive city leaders, private sector representatives, and other donors, to take a broad look at the future of urbanization in Asia, set the stage with scenarios and forecasts related to the future of Asia and highlighted examples of innovative approaches to build urban resilience. In addition to attending the Workshop, participants from Pakistan had the unique opportunity of meeting various municipal officials with administrative responsibilities in communities in and around Bangkok.     

  • GAO International Auditors Fellowship Program - US - No. of participants: 2; Status: Completed

The main objective of the training is to build the capacity of officers of the Pakistan Audit and Accounts Service. The training will provide an opportunity to enhance essential skills that participants will employ in the workplace, improving public accountability, governance and service delivery. The participation of officials of Auditor General of Pakistan will increase the capacity of the AGP to manage audits of public expenditures that are in line with international standards and reflect best practices in public sector auditing. Participants will be enriched personally and professionally by studying and networking with other mid- and senior-level officials from other countries.

  • Gender Diversity Training, Turkey - No. of participants: 10; Status: Completed

The Sexuality, Gender and Rights training is a conceptual study of sexuality and related issues. It examines and addresses the links between sexuality, rights, gender, and health and their interface with socio-cultural and legal issues. The intensive course draws from different social science disciplines, reflects on theory and practice, and uses a variety of pedagogical methods, primarily to increase awareness and understanding of gender diversity in Pakistan and how to more effectively advocate for the rights of sexual minorities.

  • Insights into Regional Development International Conference, Almaty Kazakhstan - No. of participants: 12; Status: Completed

The main objective of the training is to focus on the organizational development of Civil Society Organizations (CSO) networks; best practices of CSO networking and regional cooperation; advocacy; and evaluation approaches and methodology to determine network and CSOs cooperation effectiveness. The training includes master classes and training workshops, expert panel discussions and donor and academic panel discussions. 

  • Strengthening the Rights and Justice Framework and Agenda, Jakarta, Indonesia; No. of participants: 15; Status: Completed

This program participants were staff of Ministry of Law, Justice, and Human Rights and representatives of the Civil Society Organizations. The main objective of the training was to build capacity of participants with the aim of increasing awareness and understanding of human rights issues in Pakistan; and also how to more effectively work together to advocate for the rights of marginalized/vulnerable populations. The program aimed to bridge the institutional capacity gap among policy makers, practitioners and implementers of human rights agenda in the country. The program focused on improving coordination between the Ministry of Law Justice and Human Rights and civil society organizations to build a cohesive human rights agenda in Pakistan through a study tour to Indonesia.

 

EDUCATION:

  • US PhD Scholarship Program; No. of participants: 34; Status: On-going

USAID TFP is currently implementing scholarships for doctoral study at U.S. universities. The Project partners with U.S. institutions to offer programs that enhance students’ employability and improve their knowledge and capability in teaching at higher education institutions. The focus is on improving instruction and curricula for teacher education degrees at Pakistan's universities. USAID Training for Pakistan funded 34 scholars for their Ph.D in Teacher education and other field of education. Currently, there are 29 scholars studying in various universities in US, and four scholars have returned to Pakistan after completing their Ph.D programs. And now they are serving in their parent universities as faculty members.

  • FATA Scholarship Program - No. of participants: 76; Status: On-going

The FATA Scholarship Program is designed to provide opportunities for talented students living in an underdeveloped region of Pakistan, with poor financial resources and limited access to quality education. The scholarship program is funding studies for students selected through an open process and criteria based on academic performance, need and merit to attain their Higher Secondary School Certificates. 

  • USAID Teacher Education Master's Scholarship Program, US (2015 - 2017) - No. of participants: 27; Status: On-going

The objective of the scholarship program is to build the capacity of Faculties of Education and teaching training institutions in Pakistan, to effectively implement teacher education reforms through the introduction of new teacher education degree programs and through the development of continuous professional development of in-service teachers.  It will improve knowledge and research skills of the graduates in the field of Education and enable them to contribute to the sustainability of teacher education reforms.

 

HEALTH:

  • Masters of Science in Public Health (MSPH-II) (October 2015-September 2017, 24 participants)

The Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH), a twenty-four month post-graduate degree program, will be provided by the Health Services Academy (HSA) in Islamabad specifically for this scholarship program. The degree will be awarded by the Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. The intensive curriculum emphasizes basic public health sciences, essential managerial and analytical skills, including project planning and evaluation, epidemiological investigations, health systems analysis and research, reproductive and child health, environmental and occupational health, disease control, and effective communication and leadership. It adopts a discipline-based approach to address core competencies. The curriculum is organized around a guiding framework, which first provides students a conceptual overview of the diverse profession of public health and team-oriented approach to professional practice as well as practicum. There will be four semesters of approximately 22 weeks each with four weeks of breaks.

  • Master of Science in Public Health, Islamabad - No. of participants: 24 ; Status: On-going

The Objective of this program is to equip health care professionals from Sindh Province with challenging course work, new skills and knowledge, the ability to problem-solve, resolve conflicts and make positive decisions.  At the end of the two-year program, participants will return to Sindh, strengthen health systems for the population and contribute to an overall improvement of health services at district and provincial levels.

  • Community Midwifery Program (CMW), Pakistan; No of participant 186; Status: Ongoing

Skilled birth attendance is quite low in FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. In order to improve the situation, FATA-KP Health Program collaborated with the Government Health Department and recruited 189 CMWs (Community Midwifes). The training is taking place in two sets of schools managed by the Provincial Health Services Academy and MNCH (Maternal, Newborn and Child Health) Program, KP. The activity is expected to produce 189 midwifes in the target areas, improving the availability of skilled attendance in FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for taking care of the mother and child. Community Midwifery is a taught course of 18 months.

The objectives are improved access to integrated family planning, maternal and child health services; to impart skills to the students to assist at births, conduct normal deliveries in a community setting and assure the ability of the trainees to recognize danger signs for timely referral to a health facility.

  • Master of Public Health, Pakistan; No of participant 11; Status: Ongoing

Master of Public Health degree program was initiated for the two areas by FATA-KP Health Program (FKHP) in 2014 (February and September). The activity is focused on imparting the critical skills required to develop implementable plans and to manage them systematically and scientifically. Improved health management will lead to improved maternal and child health outcomes in the target areas. The activity is expected to produce 11 health managers with Master’s degrees in Health. Currently, the function and perception of “health” is on curative services and preventive measures.  Management issues are not getting attention. However, having a skilled work force in this specific area will ensure the strengthening of the health system as a whole. The FKHP Master of Public Health intends to train health managers specifically to address this critical need. 

 

ENERGY

  • Advancing Use of Wind and Solar Forecasting to Facilitate Integration of Variable Renewable Energy to the Grid (February 14–19, 2016, Bangkok, Thailand, 2 participants)

The purpose of three-day training was to provide power system operators and utilities the fundamental knowledge they need to improve their procurement and utilization of wind and solar forecasts in system operations. As a result of this training, participants will:
• Learn how wind and solar forecasting has improved system operations and reduced costs in example locations
• Understand how forecasts are produced and become familiar with forecasting terminology
• Understand how to integrate forecasts into system and market operations, including:
• Trade-offs among centralized, decentralized, and hybrid forecasts
• Distinct requirements for wind compared to solar
• Benefits of ensemble forecasts
• Impact of forecast errors on reserve requirements
• Understand how to implement a forecasting program:
• Types of infrastructure necessary to integrate RE forecasts in system controls (e.g., SCADA, visualizations, and other hardware and software platforms)
• Strategies for working effectively with forecast vendors on trials
• Inclusion of forecast requirements in power purchase agreements (PPAs), training for system operators

Renewable Energy Regulation Training (February 21–28, 2016, Budapest, Hungary, 4 participants)
The training aimed at fostering regulatory environments that better aid environmentally sustainable methods of energy supply and to provide a comprehensive understanding of the various aspects of the renewables industry with special emphasis on the regulatory side. The emphasis of the training is put on the discussion of three specific areas: the promotion and regulation of renewable energies, the operation of emerging greenhouse gas markets and the regulatory tools of controlling local pollutions caused by energy companies. Main themes of the training were:
 Renewable energy regulation: the policy context
 Economics of renewable support schemes
 Regulatory tasks in renewable energy deployment
 System impacts of higher renewable energy deployment
 Selected country case studies on renewable energy resources regulation

  • USAID Energy Sector Internship Program, Pakistan - No. of Interns: 156; Status: On-going

The energy crisis in Pakistan has multifaceted deficiencies and one of the important areas is lack of well-trained and capable human resource. The USAD/TFP Energy Sector Internship Program is designed to help re-vitalize the energy sector by providing a recent graduate cadre of young and talented women and men.  156 interns, including 50 females are working with 18 different private and public energy sector organizations across Pakistan for a period of six months, with the objective of obtaining permanent jobs and establishing careers within the sector. We foresee that with this Internship Program, we will achieve a twofold objective: first to change the hiring practices of the energy sector and bring about a meritorious and competitive system and secondly to have more women enter the technical/managerial position.

  • Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Training Needs Assessment, Pakistan; Status: completed
     

The Training Needs Assessment will support WAPDA, the largest generation stakeholder in Pakistan, to review and advise on technical management training programs. The primary objective is to identify the specific areas under WAPDA’s departments of Water and Power which lack training and hence need capacity building. The TNA will also support WAPDA’s technical growth and organizational governance which will in turn improve energy sector governance. As a result of improved management and services at WAPDA, the energy supply will become more efficient and reliable to support the current energy sector crisis. The report will give and discuss the basis for strategic recommendations for adapting current and future capacity building and training programs.

Performance indicators include:

·         A comprehensive report prepared on the findings of the Training Need Assessment

·         Data collection tools developed and tested during the TNA

·         Details of the current and recently completed (within one year) training programs for the staff development conducted by WAPDA both donor funded or by WAPDA and its departments

·         The gaps between the current job performance and the desired level are identified which will help in designing the future training programs

·         A comparative analysis on WAPDA’s existing staff development efforts and related best practices in the industry in the region