Community infrastructure restoration, rehabilitation

May 18, 2013

SFD assures assistance for KP's crisis-affected areas

ISLAMABAD: The Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has extended additional financial support to United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Pakistan for $1.3 million bringing its total contribution to $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 among 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.