Peace and Development Programme in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province

What is the Project About

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Government girls school rehabilitated and water drinking facility provided in village Kalpanay, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Photo: UNDP Pakistan/Faiqa Umer

The local population in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province is faced with inadequate access to basic services including health and education. Furthermore, the floods of 2010 and 2011 made conditions even worse. As a result, infrastructure was one of the most damaged sectors where some 2,000 kilometers of roads, 170 bridges, 700 educational and 150 health facilities and 158 government buildings were completely destroyed. The damage to community infrastructure and the collapse of the relevant institutions further deprived communities' access to basic services and facilities.

The three reports including the Crisis Early Recovery Initial Needs Assessment report, the Post Crisis Needs Assessment report of KP and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and the Flood Early Recovery Needs Assessment report all suggest a two pronged approach (i) community based interventions targeting rural areas; and (ii) interventions through local Government/line departments in urban and rural areas. These reports highlighted the importance of immediate restoration and rehabilitation of community infrastructure that will provide an opportunity for peace building among the crisis affected communities. In this regard, we initiated the restoration and rehabilitation of damaged community infrastructure schemes in six tehsils: Babozai, Charbagh, Kabal, Khwazakhela, Matta Khararai, Matta Sebujni of Swat district.

The project aims to promote peace building and social cohesion in crisis affected areas through the rehabilitation of community basic infrastructure and to improve access of affected communities to basic services and facilities by restoring and rehabilitating community physical infrastructure.

What Have We Accomplished So Far

  • 207 community infrastructure schemes including 123 streets, 51 culverts, 19 drainage channels, 2 link roads and 12 small bridges were rehabilitated in three tehsils of Charbagh, Babozai, and Kabal;
  • 207 Project oversight committees formed representing their respective villages where the infrastructure schemes were being rehabilitated;
  • Respective communities are taking complete ownership of rehabilitated infrastructure. This was due to their close involvement in the identification, planning, execution, implementation and ongoing monitoring of these interventions;
  • A total of 178,388 people, including women, the disabled and children are direct beneficiaries of the completed infrastructure schemes;
  • The impact of the interventions was immediately visible as the culverts proved beneficial in ensuring the smooth flow of traffic. Improvements in infrastructure benefited the communities and link roads have significantly changed the socioeconomic conditions of the local population, for example, in village Kot, a recently constructed 33,501 square feet link road is benefiting thousands of villagers in the easy transportation of construction material and farm produce by heavy vehicles. Women and disabled persons also feel empowered due to easy access to the roads. With the construction of the link road, land value also appreciated;
  • Due to use of local construction material such as coarse aggregate, fine aggregate, steel, marble strips and local labor, economic opportunities were also created to boost local economy of the area. The rehabilitation of damaged community infrastructure schemes provided the communities with easy access to basic services and improved the socioeconomic conditions in the area, thus, improving social cohesion.

Who Finances it?



Saudi Fund For Development, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Delivery in Previous Year

Delivery in 2012 was USD $3,948,000

Photographs of the inauguration of the link road in Swat by the Saudi Fund for Development

 

Created with flickr slideshow.

Overview
Status:
Active
Project Start Date:
July 2011
Estimated End Date:
December 2017
Geographic coverage:
Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Focus Area:
Crisis Prevention & Recovery
MDGs
Goal 1 - Eradicate Extreme Hunger and Poverty
Implementation Partners:
Provincial Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Settlement Authority; Provincial Disaster Management Authority, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Funding Partner:
Saudi Fund For Development, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Assistant Country Director:
Rabia Khattak
Programme Officer:
Mustafa Mahmood