Saudi Fund For Development and UNDP partner to provide essential infrastructure for crisis affected people of Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Mar 9, 2016

09 March 2016, SWAT DISTRICT — The first phase of a major project to improve community resilience in crisis-affected areas of Malakand division was celebrated today by the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) at the opening of the Dop Jabba Link Road in Swat district. Over 800,000 people in Malakand have benefitted from access to essential services and improved agriculture following the rehabilitation of 639 infrastructure schemes by UNDP, with an investment of US$ 6.7 million from SFD. In view of this success, the partners announced the second phase of the project, with an investment of US$ 5 million from SFD, to rehabilitate 192 additional schemes.

“Together in partnership with UNDP Pakistan we will continue this community infrastructure restoration initiative. We will address the needs of vulnerable people by connecting them with more social and economic opportunities for sustainable development and prosperity. It gives me immense pleasure to inaugurate the 9,270 feet long Dop Jaba Link Road in village Manai that will provide more than 11,000 people with an easy access to schools, hospitals, and markets in Kabal, Mingora and other areas of Swat,” said the leader of the SFD delegation, Chief Engineer Abdullah Mohammad Al-Shoaibi.

Marc-André Franche, Country Director UNDP Pakistan, said, “Together with the Saudi Fund for Development, UNDP has helped re-connect the crisis affected people and communities of Swat. Most importantly, these resilient communities have been involved in monitoring reconstruction work in their areas. Community infrastructure has been considerably restored and rehabilitated in Swat in collaboration with the communities.”

Through the partnership between UNDP and SFD, the Community Infrastructure Restoration and Rehabilitation Project involved communities in oversight of the rehabilitation process, ensuring that it met local requirements and building resilient communities. The leadership of the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was instrumental in designing and monitoring the project.

In 2008–2009, Swat district, Malakand division, was badly affected by insecurity which resulted in massive population displacement. The situation was further aggravated by floods in 2010. As a result, basic infrastructure was damaged, livelihoods severely affected, and communities were deprived of access to services.

In the first phase of the Community Infrastructure Restoration and Rehabilitation Project, the partnership between UNDP and SFD worked with local communities and provincial government to rehabilitate 639 link roads, street pavements, irrigation and drainage channels, small bridges, and culverts. These have enabled communities to easily access essential services such as hospitals and schools, and rebuild livelihoods through better irrigation for agriculture and improved access to markets.

For more information, please contact:

Fatimah Inayet; fatimah.inayet@undp.org