UNDP Pakistan, WFP Pakistan and the FATA Secretariat distribute cash cards to returning IDPs

Aug 30, 2016

30 August 2016, Peshawar—The FATA Secretariat, UNDP Pakistan and WFP Pakistan implemented a community-based livelihoods recovery project in Bara, Khyber Agency as part of the implementation of the FATA Sustainable Return and Rehabilitation Strategy. One of its key features was a cash card distribution programme.

The cash card distribution ceremony was attended by event chief guest, Dr. Fida Wazir, Additional Chief Secretary, FATA Secretariat, Mr. Mir Reza Ozgen, Additional Political Agent, Khyber Agency, Mr. Shinwari, Regional Manager, United Bank Limited, Mr. Jim Sawatzky, Chief Technical Specialist, FATA Recovery Programme, UNDP Pakistan, Mr. Baimankay Sankoh, Chief, Provincial Office, WFP Pakistan (Peshawar), Mr. Masood Ul Mulk, Chief Executive Officer, Sarhad Rural Support Programme (SRSP) and cash-for-work (CFW) beneficiaries from Bara.

Bara Agency’s CFW interventions are directly supporting the FATA Sustainable Return and Rehabilitation Strategy and return of internally displaced persons through two main programme pillars, i.e. rehabilitating physical infrastructure and reactivating and strengthening the economy. These CFW grants were made possible by the governments of Japan and the UK.

Dr. Wazir described the CFW project as a ‘very good’ initiative for creating short-term employment opportunities for the people of FATA’s return areas. He emphasized the importance of early recovery projects benefiting local communities at the grassroots level, particularly for women and youth. “The capacity building of local youth is important for local rehabilitation activities and peacebuilding” he said.

“Community Resilience and Recovery Support to FATA’s Returning Temporarily Dislocated Persons” is budgeted at nearly US$ 15 million over two years and will support the FATA Secretariat and local communities in Khyber Agency, South Waziristan Agency, North Waziristan Agency and Kurrum Agency.

UNDP Pakistan and WFP Pakistan assisted 3,000 households with CFW recovery interventions and provided materials and tools. Progress in tehsil Bara has been especially encouraging; 263 km of irrigation channels and 104 km of link roads have been rehabilitated. These cash payments have helped local families meet their basic needs and supplemented their incomes with short-term economic security.

Contact information

For additional information, please contact Shahzad Ahmad in Peshawar at shahzad.ahmad@undp.org or +92 91 584 5077–79.

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