Fostering Resilient Communities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

What is the Project About

 With financial support from the Saudi Fund for Development, UNDP helped communities identify and analyse their development needs and trained them to find sustainable solutions for these needs. Photo: UNDP Pakistan/Torsum Khan

The local population in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province is faced with inadequate access to basic services including health and education. Furthermore, the floods of 2010 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 Babozai, Charbagh, Kabal, Khwazakhela, and Matta tehsils 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

  • More than 1.3 million individuals benefited from the restoration and rehabilitation of 811 community basic infrastructure schemes: 154 link roads, 284 street pavement, 84 small bridges, 159 culverts, 130 drainage/irrigation channels in five tehsils of district Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Babozai, Char Bagh, Khwazakhela, Matta, and Kabal);
  • 154 link roads and 284 street pavements were rehabilitated in far-off and high altitude areas of Swat that reduced the time and cost of accessing schools, hospital, market and other basic services.
  • Street pavements and link roads also reduced the vulnerability of people with disabilities, children, elderly and especially women who usually fetch firewood, water and daily household items on foot.
  • Increased crops due to access to sufficient water after restoration of irrigation channels. Further positive impact on the livelihood by timely transportation of all agricultural products and extension services from farm to market;
  • Project Oversight Committees were formed and trained for the monitoring of rehabilitation working being undertaken in their community. They played a pivotal role and brought communal ownership, ensured downward accountability, and 24/7 surveillance of construction work and material.  
  • 70 community organizations were formed/re-activated: 54 male, 16 female. These Community organisations and Village organisations have been integrated at union council, tehsil and district levels. 

Who Finances it?

The Saudi Fund For Development, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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