The Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa recently unveiled its first-ever Social Protection Policy during a dissemination event organized to promote the policy. The objective of this policy is to extend social protection to poor and vulnerable individuals in the province, providing them with social safety nets to overcome the adverse effects of poverty, unemployment, and marginalization.
Adil Saeed Safi, the Director General (DG) of the Sustainable Development Unit (SDU), Planning & Development Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, welcomed the guests and highlighted the significance of the Social Protection Policy, especially in light of the recent increase in poverty and vulnerability due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The policy aims to address traditional challenges such as poverty, low human capital, gender gaps, unemployment, and marginalization that have persisted and even intensified despite the government’s increased focus on poverty alleviation through economic growth and redistribution.
Safi expressed his gratitude to FCDO/SNG, GIZ, and ILO for their assistance throughout the process of developing the policy.