Department for International Development (DFID)

Under the Pakistan National Cash Transfers Programme (PNCTP), DFID is providing up to £279 million in non-budget support financial aid and £21 million in technical assistance to the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP). BISP is a government programme, which provides basic income support to poor women and their families. 87% of BISP funding is provided by the Government of Pakistan (GoP). Beneficiaries are selected through a poverty scorecard using data from the National Socio-Economic Registry (NSER). With this additional income support, women are able to spend more on food, health, education, clothing and other essential needs. BISP helps the poor to mitigate the impact of inflation and economic shocks on their household expenditure preventing them from falling deeper into poverty. Department for International Development (DFID) supported BISP through a grant of £279 million for co-responsibility cash transfer (CCT) program for primary education of the children of BISP beneficiaries. The grant was linked with the set of DLIs totalling 18, all have been achieved by 31st December, 2016. Negotiations for the new project for the period of 2017-2020 will be held in March 2017.




DfID Annual Review report 2015-16