Germany and UNDP partner to support rehabilitation and return of displaced persons from FATAOct 17, 2014
Cyrill Nunn, German Ambassador to Pakistan, and Marc-André Franche, Country Director of UNDP in Pakistan, signed an agreement of 1 million euros at the German Embassy today to support the rehabilitation and return of displaced persons from the North Waziristan Agency of FATA. Tahir Orakzai, Director General of the Provincial Disaster Management Authority in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa also attended the signing agreement.
The partnership between Germany and UNDP aims to help the provincial and district authorities to manage the emergency situation and prepare for the return and rehabilitation process. The measures will directly benefit the affected people by working with both the displaced persons and the host communities to improve social cohesion, access to basic services and increase livelihood opportunities. The acquired skills will make the displaced persons more self-reliant during the displacement period and give them the means to participate actively in the return and rehabilitation phase.
The German Ambassador to Pakistan, Cyrill Nunn said:
“Germany supports this programme because it addresses the immediate needs of the affected people while at the same time preparing them for a sustainable return to their home. I am confident that it will directly benefit them in their daily lives. I commend UNDP for their important work.”
Marc-André Franche, Country Director of UNDP Pakistan said:
“I want to thank the Government of Germany for its generous support. This partnership will enable UNDP to effectively support the capacities of the FATA Disaster Management Authority (FDMA), the Khyber Pakthunkhwa Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) and the FATA Secretariat, while promoting social cohesion and expanding livelihoos opportunities and delivery of basic services in these areas, particularly for women.”
According to the FATA Disaster Management Authority (FDMA), the official number of registered Displaced People as of 27 August 2014 stands at 96.555 families. Most of the displaced people have taken refuge in host communities in the bordering Districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, including Bannu, Lakki Marwat, Dera Ismail Khan, Hangu and Karak. Under these circumstances, the displaced persons continue to face immense difficulties with limited or no access to basic amenities while being exposed to extreme weather conditions. The worst affected and most vulnerable groups are the women and children who represent more than 70 percent of the displaced persons.Contact information
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