Partners meeting on EQ and FloodsDec 10, 2015The Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa convened an international partners’ dialogue to seek collaboration on the early recovery frameworks for areas affected by the October earthquake and flooding in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province. The framework was developed with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and presented at a workshop hosted by the KP Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) and UNDP. The frameworks were presented by Mr Amer Afaq, the Director General of PDMA’s Provincial Reconstruction, Rehabilitation & Settlement Authority. The chief guest was Mr Pervez Khattak, Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
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- Our latest issue of Development Advocate focuses on the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in an effort to include #FATA formally into the national polity and serve Pakistan's development interests. Your comments on this issue of DAP are welcome below. Socio economic conditions FATA is the poorest region of Pakistan in terms of its socioeconomic indicators. Agriculture and livestock is the mainstay of the local economy. However, FATA is deficient in food supply. A few agencies of FATA are rich in minerals. Huge deposits of marble in different colours are found in Mohmand, Khyber, Bajaur, Orakzai and Kurram Agencies . However, despite their availability, these resources are mostly untapped. A large portion of the tribal population is engaged in the transport business and around 60 percent of the employed men work either abroad, within or outside KP (MICS 2007). Poor and inadequate communication infrastructure and its lack of integration with the rest of Pakistan adds to the backwardness of FATA as most valleys remain inaccessible. Lack of required health and educational facilities is also attributable to insufficient means of communication. Like all other social sectors, the education sector is in extremely poor condition. Middle and higher education facilities are severely lacking. In order to develop any small/medium industry, electricity is the basic source of power; in most areas of FATA the same is not available. The informal economy is thriving in the tribal areas. This is based on drug trafficking, gun running and smuggling. This economy enriches militants, drug barons, mafia bosses and big smugglers at the cost of common tribesmen and the national exchequer. It is worth noting that although average poverty is very high, some sections of society are nancially well placed. This has resulted in very prominent socioeconomic inequalities between various income groups i.e. the Maliks and common people. FATA falls far behind the rest of the country in most socioeconomic indicators. Read more: http://bit.ly/1SbKldt Friday AT 04:00 AM
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