Access to primary education, particularly for girls has been a key area for the Small Grants and Ambassador’s Fund. There has been an emphasis on both improving the quality of education as well as strengthening the infrastructure. This has been achieved through literacy programs and enhanced teaching methodologies for teachers as well as rehabilitation of school infrastructure, provision of furniture, equipment and books. Preference was given to approaches that enhance reading skills, increase opportunities for girls, or focus on children with special learning needs. The grants also promote equitable access to education facilities such as including non-formal accelerated literacy programs for out of school children in the school curriculum.
USAID/Pakistan has, in cooperation with the USAID Office of Inspector General, established the Anti-Fraud Hotline to provide an avenue for the reporting of fraud, waste, and abuse which may be associated with USAID funded projects in Pakistan. Complaints are handled with complete confidentiality and individuals are encouraged to report when corruption, fraud, waste or abuse may exist in the USAID/Pakistan projects. Reports can be filed anonymously via the easy-to-use Hotline (Toll free number 0800 84700); e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org; fax at 021-35390410; postal address at 5-C, 2nd Floor Khayban-e-Ittehad, Phase VII, DHA, Karachi, Pakistan; and on the website www.anti-fraudhotline.com.