The FATA Transition and Recovery Programme (FTRP)

Residents of tribal districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) (erstwhile FATA) have experienced successive waves of displacement since 2008, due to militancy on either side of the Afghan-Pakistan border. About 5.3 million were displaced, and by April 2016, 4.3 million had returned.

UNDP through its FATA Transition and Recovery Programme (FTRP) is supporting the efforts of the Government of Pakistan in implementing the recommendations of the FATA Reforms Committee Report and the Sustainable Return & Rehabilitation Strategy (SRRS) by investing in the rehabilitation of basic services and infrastructure, in improving access to quality education and supporting skills development and livelihoods restoration. The overarching aim of the SRRS is ensuring that all people displaced by the conflict are able to return safely, voluntarily and sustainably to their areas of origin in the newly merged districts of KP.

A 3,556 rft long irrigation channel rehabilitated by UNDP benefits 120 local farmers in KotKai Karangi, Sararogha tehsil of South Waziristan district.



Project start date:

May 2015

Estimated end date:

December 2022

Focus area:

  • eradicate poverty in all its forms and dimensions
  • build resilience to shocks and crisis
  • Project office:

    UNDP in Pakistan

    Implementing partner:

    United Nations Development Programme

    Full project information  

    Funding Support by

    Donor name

  • United States Agency For International Development (usaid)
  • Ministry Of Commerce
  • China
  • Government Of Japan
  • United Nations Development Pro
  • European Commission
  • Unocha/central Emergency Response Fund
  • Cerf
  • Department For International Development (dfid)
  • Undp As Administrative Agent For A Joint Programme Pass Through Arrangement
  • Mptfo Jp Pakistan Fata Jpk00
  • Amount contributed


    Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2019 $4,925,313

    2018 $12,119,729

    2017 $16,044,759

    2016 $16,683,031

    2015 $1,501,995


    • Increased community engagement & citizen empowerment: Empower citizens, especially the returning Temporarily Dislocated Persons (TDPs), to participate actively in the rehabilitation process to improve their living conditions.
    • Improved livelihoods: Improve the livelihoods of returning TDPs, including women, youth and other vulnerable groups.
    • Education & peacebuilding: Improve access to quality education, strengthen social cohesion and peacebuilding.
    • Access to basic services/infrastructure:  Expand access to basic social services (education, health, water, etc.) for returnees, meeting increased demand from residents of the newly merged districts of KP.
    • Recovery and reforms governance: Support the establishment of governance mechanisms to ensure durable return and long-term stabilization of the newly merged districts of KP.

    What we have achieved since inception of the programme?

    Community engagement and social cohesion:

    • Formed 745 (178 women and 567 men) Community Organizations (COs) comprising of 13,410 members to mobilize and engage communities of the newly merged districts in local recovery.
    • Village/community development plans developed by 745 COs to identify and prioritize community needs.
    •  Rehabilitated 444 community physical infrastructure schemes through COs (70 women and 374 by men COs), benefitting 163,998 individuals. The schemes include rehabilitation of 158 drinking water supply schemes, 67 irrigation channels, 109  sanitation schemes, 36 communication schemes (street pavement, bridle path and roads), 41 schools, 23 flood protection walls and 10 community centres.
    • Organised 82 social cohesion events (22 by women and 60 by men COs) to promote integration and community engagement.
    • Established two community platforms (one in South Waziristan and one in Khyber district) to serve as an interface between community and local authorities.

    Improve livelihoods opportunities:

    • A total of 135,000  working days were created through rehabilitation of community physical infrastructure schemes and cash for work initiatives, providing short term employment opportunities to 3,003 men and women.
    • Livelihood grants provided to 2,241 returnees (1,017 women and 1,224 men to support establishment of small-scale businesses.
    • Business management skill training imparted to 3,615 individuals  (1,110 women and 2,505 men) to strengthen their ability to successfully run a business.
    • Technical and vocational skills training imparted to 3,613 individuals (1,520 women and 2,093 men). Furthermore 2,430 trainees were provided toolkits to help start their own small enterprises.
    • Livelihoods training imparted to 712 individuals (475 women and 237 men) related to micro-enterprise and skills development.
    • Three months' apprenticeship provided to 950 youth.
    • Placed 26 young men in local industry and three young women were linked with businesses through the Job Placement Centre established by UNDP inside FATA Development Authority.
    • Conducted Market Assessment Study to assess the status of markets in Khyber, North Waziristan, Orakzai and Kurram districts.

    Access to quality education with improved infrastructure:

    • Rehabilitated 580 schools, 546 in the return areas of the newly merged districts, 34 schools in KP’s TDPs hosting areas.
    • To restore education services, 113 public primary schools have been revived; 53 through the installation of pre-fabricated structures and 60 through the installation of tents.
    • Supported erstwhile FATA Elementary Education Foundation to upgrade 52 primary to middle level girls schools.
    • Conducted enrolment drives, which resulted in an increase in enrolment of 19,613 students (6,707 girls and 12,906 boys).
    • Local communities were involved in school management through formation and training of 761 (192 women and 569 men) Taleemi Islahi Jirgas (TIJs) / Parent Teachers Councils (PTCs).
    •  Provided Training to 5,591 members (1,330 women and 4,261 men) of TIJs/PTCs on their roles and responsibilities, monitoring, community mobilisation, and school development to improve access to education.
    • To enhance the skills of teachers, trained 2,003 teachers (647 men and 1,356 women), 1,888 from newly merged districts and 115 from TDP hosting areas of KP on teaching methods, pedagogy, student engagement and psychosocial support.
    • Provided learning materials and teaching kits to 755 schools.
    • Provided furniture to 346 schools - including 14,186 benches and 14,216 desks for children, 1,113 chairs and 956 tables for teachers and 584 cupboards for schools.
    • Furniture and equipment provided to 16 selected district Education Department offices, which includes chairs, tables, cupboards, solar panels, furniture and or uninterrupted power systems (UPS).
    • Trained 57 Education Department officials in improved teaching and learning, planning, management, monitoring and supervision of schools in the newly merged districts of KP.
    • Organised exposure visits for 101 (12 women and 89 men) officials of education department from erstwhile FATA to learn and share best practices in the field of education.
    • Conducted 150 (32 women and 118 men) training workshops on disaster risk reduction (DRR) for communities.
    • Formed 105 (11 women and 94 men) community support networks to promote school enrolment, social cohesion and peace building.
    • Organized 44 cluster-based school inauguration ceremonies to increase enrolment/retention and social cohesion. 4,469 community members participated in these events including 334 women.

    Access to basic social services:

    • Constructed/rehabilitated 95 public sector infrastructure schemes, (26 in South Waziristan, 18 in North Waziristan, 19 in Orakzai and 32 in Khyber districts, which includes:
    •  39 drinking water supply schemes, 15 powered through solar panels.
    •  24 irrigation channels.
    • 12 roads, three PCC Link roads, two shingle road and one cause-way.
    •  10 street pavements.
    • Two micro-hydel power stations.
    • A sports stadium and a children park.

    Strengthening state-citizens relationship:

    • Organized 45 engagement activities with 6,287 youth to promote social cohesion and peace building.
    • Organized social mobilization training for 450 communities.

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