HomeMediaUSD 18 million grant for rehabilitation of KP’s southern districts

ISLAMABAD: 28 January, 2013 – The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Balochistan Multi Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) announced today the approval of a USD 18 million grant for the KP Southern Area Development Project.

The three-year Project will strengthen the capacity of the poor to improve their livelihood options through access to social and productive infrastructure. The affected communities will be fully involved in the implementation of the project which will target three districts in the Southern KP i.e. Dera Ismail Khan, Tank and Lakki Marwat.  These districts are amongst the 25 poorest in the country and received the largest number of Internally Displaced People in the aftermath of the 2009 crisis that displaced an estimated two million people.

Through this Project, the Government of KP will finance investments for community development activities, skills enhancement and cost effective basic services.  Small scale productive infrastructure will be rehabilitated with a focus on agriculture and livestock sectors (including provision of water, sanitation, irrigation and agricultural inputs) for the economic growth of southern KP which is essentially an agriculture-based economy. This will benefit at least 100,000 people, of which 30 percent will be women.

Commenting on MDTF's support to the rehabilitation and recovery needs of southern KP, Rachid Benmessaoud, World Bank Country Director for Pakistan said, 'This project is unique in its approach as it supports the formation of community groups to plan, prioritize and implement their development needs. This will ensure that local communities, including vulnerable groups and women in targeted districts remain in charge of their own development agenda’.