Saudi Fund for Development support community infrastructure rehabilitation in crisis affected areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
The Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has extended additional financial support to UNDP in Pakistan for US$ 1.3 million bringing its total contribution to US$ 6.7 million for community infrastructure restoration and rehabilitation in the crisis affected areas of district Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The Malakand region was adversely affected by massive displacement in
2009. In response and to encourage returns, UNDP with the financial support
from SFD amongst others, has continued its efforts to rebuild basic community
infrastructure improving community access to services and facilities.
To date a total of 207 infrastructure schemes have been successfully rehabilitated by the contribution of Saudi Arabia, benefiting approximately 180,000 people including women, people with special needs and children. The link roads rehabilitated through the project improved access to local markets for the farmers and the timely transportation of products also increased their income. The additional assistance from the SFD will enable more communities to benefit from interventions improving access to social services including education and health, resulting in enhanced socioeconomic condition of the area.
H.E. Eng. Yousef I. Al-Bassam, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, SFD said, “It is great pleasure to increase the Saudi contribution to the humanitarian response for the crisis affected population in Pakistan. We are happy to see that people are benefiting from our efforts as a result of our partnership with UNDP. We hope to see this work continue as the contribution is a token of our Government to support the people of Swat and Pakistan.”
Marc-André Franche, Country Director UNDP in Pakistan, thanked the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for its generous support and said, “We are grateful to the Saudi Fund for Development for their timely support to the crisis affected communities of Swat. The crisis in Swat greatly damaged the community infrastructure and caused distress to the people. Together with the SFD, we are able to reinforce our commitment and efforts towards rebuilding and empowering the lives of the displaced communities.”