Increasing Community Resilience

As UNDP embarks on its new strategic Plan in 2014, one of our priorities is building resilience to shocks caused by a range of forces, including natural disasters and climate change.

We are working with the people of Pakistan in building resilience to natural and man-made crises at national and provincial levels. We are strengthening the ability of national and provincial disaster management authorities to withstand crises and shocks.

Highlights of our Community Resilience work

  • More than 180,000 people benefited from 207 community infrastructure schemes including 123 streets, 51 culverts, 19 drainage channels, 2 link roads and 12 small bridges in three tehsils of Charbagh, Babozai, and Kabal, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
  • 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.
  • More than 3,000 consultations/dialogues have been held with the communities by RAHA social mobilisation teams.
  • 1,947 community members have been trained in various market-based skills. These skills include plumbing, wood work, bead work, embroidery, beauty treatment, tailoring, auto mechanics and mobile repairing.

We are effectively addressing crisis prevention and recovery issues as they can disproportionately impede progress towards human development and achieving the MDGs.

Our projects, Peace and Development programme in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas (RAHA) are ensuring sustainable economic growth by working with the communities and moving to more resilient mechanisms that offer income-earning opportunities for the poor. We are also prioritizing the identification of policies that can minimize the detrimental impact of natural disasters on the poorest and build disaster preparedness/risk reduction and management capacities and systems.

Our Peace and Development programme rehabilitated social infrastructure, benefitting more that 180,000 people in Swat and more than 160,000 people in South Waziristan.

In the Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas project, 1,634 community organisations brought together more than 32,000 individuals for effective social mobilisation in the target areas.

Our work is focused towards identifying solutions that work for each community, to design sustainable development interventions, and to foster lasting recovery from disasters or armed conflict.

Investing more effectively in reducing poverty and building resilience is essential to help those affected by ongoing cycles of disasters.