Education Sector Reform Assistance (ESRA)
The Education Sector Reform Assistance (ESRA) program is a $60
million initiative funded by the United States Agency for International
Development (USAID) in support of the Government of Pakistan's
Education Sector Reform (ESR) effort. ESRA, a consortium of national
and international partners led by RTI-International, operates
across 6 technical areas (policy and planning, professional development,
literacy, public-community partnerships, public-private partnerships,
and information and communication technologies), 13 educational
jurisdictions (9 districts, 2 provinces, the ICT, and the Federal
Ministry of Education), and thousands of school-communities. Fundamentally,
ESRA is about two things: School improvement and the ways and
means by which key stakeholders throughout the system can continuously
identify and solve their own problems regarding school improvement.
National Commission for Human Development
Based on a holistic development model, NCHD aims at enlarging
the scale and scope of the efforts made by the government in ensuring
the effect- ive provision of social services. It perceives human
development as a process of enlarging choices, building capacities
and encouraging partici- pation of communities at the grass roots.
To ensure this, NCHD is directed towards supporting government
line departments, civil society organizations and the local communities
in the sectors of education, basic health care and income generating
activities at the grassroots.