The Small Grants Programme enabled us to pilot extremely innovative activities.
Mr. Yannick Glemarec
Executive Coordinator of UNDP GEF

Country Programme Snapshot

Start Date 1993
# of Projects 309
Total Grant Amount US$ 11,287,426
Total cash Co-Financing US$ 9,184,762
Total In-Kind Co-Financing US$ 4,657,867

Country Portfolio by Area of Work

Climate Change Mitigation
Community Based Adaptation
International Waters
Land Degradation
Examples of Successful Projects
Energy Efficient Housing for the Poor
Energy Efficient Housing for the Poor

Goal: Introduction and mainstreaming of the energy efficient and disaster housing technologies. In Badin and Thatta, 86% of the population is estimated to be living under the poverty line and the area is prone to natural disasters.

Activities: Awareness raising of local population, training of local masons, and construction of houses

Key Results:

  • Provided 400 houses to the poor women in Badin, Thatta and Karachi districts in Sindh. This project led to a national and global wave for environment friendly housing practices.
  • Pakistan program's "Benazir Housing Technology" has attracted attention from all over the world. The project was a success towards environmental sustainability achieving MDG 7 as well as a pioneering activity in climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Country Impact

SGP projects supported , documented and influenced:

  • At national level: 20 national and provincial legislative initiatives on conservation of Indus Delta, NEQS on water quality, adaptation of renewable energy and environment-friendly housing etc.

  • 50 decisions regarding the establishment of Natural Parks, protected areas of local interest, biodiversity conservation:

Successful projects scaled up and replicated:

  • Use of RES (saw dust and solar energy)

  • Prevention of abusive forest cuts

SGP activity in figures:

  • Globally significant species protected: 40

  • Areas protected, rehabilitated or sustainably managed: over 600,000 ha of globally significant biodiversity; 46 Community Game Reserves

  • Some of the projects attracted international attention by receiving international awards including Ashden, Alcan Prize and UN Habitat Award, Global South- South Expo 2011 and 2009, Presidential Benazir Bhutto Award for Human Rights

Institutional Building

  • 50 National NGOs today in Pakistan were SGP's first grantees

High Profile visits:

  • Ms Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator, Ajay Chhiber, Ligia Elizondo, President of Pakistan, Speaker National Assembly Pakistan
2009 - Global South-South development Expo
2004 - Ashden Award

Maisoon Zamir from Escorts Foundation, a Lahore based NGO, funded by GEF/SGP for promotion of fuel efficient stoves in Changa Manga won the Ashden Award for 2004 for their SGP funded project, wins the award for Food (£30,000) for providing rural women around the Changa Manga Forest in Pakistan, with a cooking stove which is both simple in design, yet revolutionary in the way in which it has transformed the lives of the women users in terms of improved health, income and family relations, whilst at the same time reducing their dependence on the protected forest area. In the words of the judges: "This is a shining example of appropriate technology at its best."

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Mr. Chatro Khatri
Programme Assistant
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