EU support for Pakistan to control Covid Impacts

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The third wave of covid 19 can be seen evidently in all major cities of Pakistan. Consequently, the smart lockdown has been imposed wherever needed. Recently European Union has pledged to support Pakistan in three projects to be undertaken by civil society organizations with assistance worth 7.23 million euros to alleviate the socio-economic impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on the communities and increase the voice of the youth in society. Ambassador of the European Union Androulla Kaminari signed three contracts with the representatives of the main implementing partners. The projects were selected through a call for proposals launched in April last year and focused on Punjab, Sindh, and Gilgit-Baltistan EU revealed in a press release. In Pakistan, the virus is posing a threat to people’s lives, straining communities, overwhelming health systems, and endangering livelihoods. Young people in particular, who make up a majority of Pakistan’s population, have been severely affected by the pandemic in terms of unemployment, increased gender inequalities, social exclusion, and a diminished voice in the decision-making processes. The projects aim to build the capacity of civil society organizations to mobilise and engage youths, enhance involvement in decision-making, and improve access to economic opportunities for marginalized groups. Ms. Kaminari while elaborating about the project said that as the world continued to battle the coronavirus pandemic, it was important to focus their efforts on supporting the most vulnerable. Civil society organizations are important partners for the EU wherever we work, and have been crucial in Pakistan’s efforts to respond to the current crisis. The current pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on young people. The current said the project will empower the youth socially and economically. This is the real essence of this project. Hopefully, the impacts caused by covid 19 will be controlled amicably. This project will further ease the difficulties of those suffering from this pandemic and are in quest of some solution at the earliest.

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