Inauguration of Tehsil Dar Office in Pabbi, Nowshera by the European Union and UNDP

19 Mar 2013

imageMarc-André Franche, Country Director of UNDP Pakistan with His Excellency Lars-Gunnar Wigemark, Ambassador of the European Union. Photo: UNDP Pakistan/Fatimah Inayet

Nowshera, 19 March 2013: The Tehsil Dar Office in Pabbi, district Nowshera was inaugurated today by His Excellency Lars-Gunnar Wigemark, Ambassador of the European Union.

For recovery and restoration of communities in flood-affected districts across the country, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Pakistan launched a US$90 million Early Recovery Programme (ERP). The European Union contributed US$20 million to this programme. The programme worked in 4,000 villages across the country benefiting more than 5.5 million people in 29 most-affected districts, adopting an area-based development approach to early recovery with a special focus on women. This programme is among the largest early recovery and restoration programme carried out by UNDP.

Under the Early Recovery Programme, UNDP helped in the reconstruction and rehabilitation of seven buildings in Nowshera district. The Tehsil Dar office in Pabbi, which serves some 200,000 people in the area, was completely renovated, allowing the Board of Revenue to carry out its important work.

His Excellency Lars-Gunnar Wigemark, Ambassador of the European Union said, “Buildings such as the Tehsil dar Office in Pabbi, provide and support the governance structure at the local tehsil and district level. Keeping records safe and maintaining records for land taxes and revenue collection is an essential feature of good governance. I am pleased to see a well functioning system in place here at Nowshera. We hope to work more on local community based activities.”

Mr. Marc-André Franche, Country Director of UNDP Pakistan, thanked the European Union for its support to the Early Recovery Programme with a focus on integral area based interventions. He said, “The devastation caused by the floods demonstrated the need to strengthen disaster risk reduction systems at the community level and to improve local capacity to prepare for and respond to future crises. I assure you of UNDP’s commitment and continued support to the Government and people of Pakistan to increase resilience in your communities and build stronger institutions for disaster risk management.”

The United Nations, together with Pakistani civil society organizations, and with the support from many of our partners, including the European Union, Government of Japan, the United States, United Kingdom, Government of Italy and Government of Kuwait worked very closely with the Government of Pakistan to implement a large-scale Early Recovery Programme (ERP). The focus was to rehabilitate community infrastructure, build resilience, create livelihood opportunities and re-establish government capacity to provide basic services. 

Contact Information

For details, please contact: Fatimah Inayet, Communications Analyst, UNDP Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-8355650 or email: Fatimah.inayet@undp.org