Supporting SMEs in Vulnerable Areas

Supporting SMEs in Vulnerable Areas

The Pakistan Firms Project is helping increase the profitability and incomes of small and medium­sized enterprises in vulnerable areas. Focusing on key sectors, such as agriculture, livestock, minerals, and tourism, the project seeks to identify and remove constraints to private­ sector development and job growth. The project encourages the development of a business­enabling environment through support to the Government of Pakistan as it improves planning and budgeting, reforms policies according to international best practices, and streamlines regulations and procedures at the national, provincial, and district levels.

This article, by Qursum Qasim of the World Bank's Financial and Private Sector Development (FPD) Network, was cross-posted from the... read more
Mar 6, 2014 | Heather Risley
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This video highlights USAID's support and assistance to women working in Pakistan's mango industry. 
Apr 26, 2011 | | Web Resource
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Socioeconomic stabilization of vulnerable areas in Pakistan is in the strategic interest and an urgent priority of the U.S. government. The primary... read more
Jun 17, 2011 | | Web Resource
USAID partners with countries which have unique cultural and economic challenges, where a range of approaches have evolved for women seeking to start... read more
Growing Economies Through Women’s Entrepreneurship Series | Dec 7, 2012 | Washington | Caren Grown (Moderator) et al | Seminar

The $89.7 million USAID Pakistan Firms Project is a key implementer of USAID/Pakistan’s economic growth and stabilization strategy. The project assists targeted firms and sectors that offer the greatest opportunity for growth, exports, and employment. Through this project, Chemonics works with district governments, alongside other local businesses and organizations, to create jobs and support economic growth and stability. Project Period: May 2009 - April 2013

The main objective of the Pakistan Firms Project is to develop dynamic, internationally competitive small­ and medium­ sized enterprises in Pakistan's most vulnerable areas by supporing the production and marketing of agricultural and non-­agricultural commodities.

  • Create 10,000 new jobs in Sindh, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and FATA
  • Train 10,000 participants in workforce development and agricultural and marketing best practices
  • Rehabilitate the trout fishery and tourism sectors in Swat damaged by recent conflict and floods
  • Help 3,800 small and medium­sized enterprises gain access to technology, domestic and export markets, and financial services

USAID/Pakistan Mission, Chemonics International, RTI International