USAID is partnering with the Government of Pakistan to rehabilitate the Mangla hydroelectric power station located in the Mirpur District of Azad Kashmir. The dam has a power generation capacity of 1,000 MW from 10 generating units. However, as a result of degraded equipment, the plant's capacity was reduced to 980 MW. By refurbishing and upgrading Units 5 and 6, along with related plant facility enhancements, the Mangla Dam Rehabilitation Project will add 90 MW to the plant's generation capacity and produce approximately 750 GWh/year of energy.
The Municipal Services Program (MSP) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh seeks sustained improvement in municipal service delivery to better address basic needs and build the capacity of provincial governments to manage key municipal services such as the drinking water supply, sanitation systems (including drainage and sewerage), and the solid waste management (SWM) systems within three administrative divisions (Peshawar, Malakand and Dera Ismail Khan) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and selected towns of Sindh.
The USAID Economic Stabilization Program (ESP) creates jobs and improves economic opportunities in Bajaur, Mohmand and South Waziristan Agencies of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). USAIDESP will develop farmers' and livestock holders' skills and resources to improve the quality and quantity of their produce. The project will also provide support to establish or expand small businesses, improve logistics, rehabilitate market infrastructure, and develop trade associations.
Islamic Relief’s microfinance scheme has helped over 14,000 families in Pakistan to escape the poverty trap. Last month saw a fourth client scooping a prestigious entrepreneurship award, once more highlighting the success of the scheme in changing lives.
Provincial authorities launch the FATA Sustainable Return and Rehabilitation Strategy to facilitate the safe return of IDPs to FATA’s Khyber Agency, North Waziristan Agency (NWA), and South Waziristan Agency (SWA).
Under Government of Pakistan (GoP) leadership, humanitarian actors continue to assist drought-affected populations in Sindh Province’s Tharparkar District.
The U.S. Government (USG) contributes more than $36 million in FY 2015 to date to support humanitarian activities in Pakistan.
At the end of March, JEN team visited Muzaffargarh, a district in southern Punjab to carry out post distribution monitoring. JEN had implemented an emergency non-food items distribution project there for flood affected people in December, 2014. It was satisfactory to note that project beneficiaries were utilizing non-food items provided by JEN.
The following assistance was provided to the returnees:-
- Transport Cash Assistance @ Rs.10000/- per family through Mobile SIM
- One Time Return Cash Grant @ Rs.25000/- per family through ATM
- Family Tent (targeted)
- Standardized NFI kit (targeted).
- Hygiene Kit (targeted).
- Monthly Food Package (six months) in the area of return
In 2014, the country faced significant challenges but also took steps towards new opportunities and hope. UNDP stood by Pakistan as it weathered a prolonged political crisis, relentless terrorist violence culminating in the barbaric Army Public School attack in Peshawar and the launch of a military operation in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) which led to the displacement of 96,434 families. We also confronted natural disasters including floods in Punjab and Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
The Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) are among the most underdeveloped regions of Pakistan. Since 2008, large populations were frequently displaced to and from FATA, from all the agencies. The latest wave of displacement has brought the total FATA displacement caseload up to an estimated 310,729 families – around 2 million Temporarily Dislocated Persons (TDPs) – of which around 70% are women and children.
The North Waziristan military operation that began in July last year and manned by two armoured divisions appears to have reached a stage where the authorities have started to send a number of the area’s displaced residents back to the region. An official of the Fata Disaster Management Authorities (FDMA) has said that over 300 families have already been shifted back to North Waziristan.
The operation saw the displacement of millions with the FDMA saying some 107,000 families shifted from North Waziristan when the offensive began.
A GBP £2.2 million programme being delivered by Islamic Relief Pakistan is transforming lives and communities in Charsadda and Nowshera, Khyber Pakhtoonkhw.
The integrated community development programme is helping 16 villages in Charsadda and Nowshehra, districts which are struggling to recover from the 2009 internal displacement crisis and flooding in 2010. Families grapple with under-developed water, sanitation and other key infrastructure, poor livelihoods prospects and widespread poverty.
KHAR: The Fata Secretariat on Tuesday began providing compensation to the people whose houses have been in use by the security forces for last several years.
About 88 people of Khar subdivision, whose houses have been occupied by security forces since 2010, received cheques of over Rs6.3 million during a ceremony. Tribal elders, members of peace committees and administration officials were in attendance.
BARA: As many as 245 displaced families of Akkakhel tribe left for home in Bara as the first phase of the repatriation of internally displaced persons of the subdivision began on Friday.
The Khyber Agency political administration along with the Fata Disaster Management Authority and two mobile phone companies tasked with issuing SIM cards to the returning families established several desks at a registration centre adjacent to the Milward army camp inside Akkakhel area for the purpose.
The Conflict Victims Support Project assists nonmilitary, non police, noncombatant, and non-civil service populations in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, or FATA, who have been injured or disabled as a result of terrorist related acts of violence or during the military response to the insurgency. The project provides medical, psychological, and social support to civilian victims and their dependents, particularly widows and orphans, so they can resume their normal lives during and after emergencies.
The KP Reconstruction Program supports efforts by the Government of Pakistan to rebuild public infrastructure destroyed by conflict and the 2010 floods in the Malakand division of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The program focuses on rebuilding facilities for education, health, water, and sanitation and helps build the capacity of governmental departments that are instrumental in delivering these essential services. The project works closely the Provincial Reconstruction Rehabilitation and Settlement Authority (PaRRSA).
Islamabad, 17 March 2015: The Government of Japan today announced that it has disbursed US$16.21 million in total to UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN-Habitat (the UN Human Settlements Programme), UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and World Food Programme (WFP) to support their efforts benefitting people who had fled their homes due to security operations in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Afghan refugees living in Pakistan.
Summary: In the first week of September, the four eastern rivers of Pakistan (Chenab, Ravi,
Sutlej, Jhelum) overflowed and triggered flash flooding in the Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK),
Gilgit Baltistan (GB), and Punjab regions. This resulted in loss of life, inundation of a large area of land, damage to property and infrastructure, and agriculture and livestock losses. According to the report of NDMA dated 15th Oct, 2014 and Recovery Framework 2014-2016, Monsoon rains had affected 2.53 million caused 367 deaths and 673 people got injured in AJK,
Punjab,KP and GB.
DERA ISMAIL KHAN: The Fata Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) began on Sunday registering about 3,000 displaced families to be sent back to parts of South Waziristan Agency.
The authority’s coordinator, Omar Mehsud, said the return journeys of the families would begin on March 16 after completion of the registration process. A facilitation desk has been set up in the office of the political agent in Tank where those wishing to return are being registered.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, a province located in the northwestern part of Pakistan, shares an international border with Afghanistan. This province has more than 50 camps that house as many as 1.5 million refugees who fled from neighboring Afghanistan, which has been plagued by political instability for more than three decades. Since May 2011, AAR Japan has carried out activities to renovate and reconstruct primary school buildings, and to raise public hygiene awareness in three refugee camps and the surrounding villages in Nowshera District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Islamabad, 4 March, 2015: The Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms of Pakistan signed today an agreement for US$ 11.6 million with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to support implementation of key governance reforms at federal and provincial levels. UNDP would contribute US$ 7 million whereas the Government of Pakistan's share is US$ 4.66 million.