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The EU is working on a large number of development and humanitarian projects across Pakistan. Education and vocational training is the single largest sector for EU funding. Thousands of boys and girls in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh have improved access to schools due to EU funding. Higher quality of curricula and text books, and more professional teachers, are among the criteria for receiving EU funding.
Bridges in Swat, pavements in Gilgit-Baltistan, drinking water schemes in Balochistan, child nutrition in Sindh, and improving public infrastructure and the delivery of essential services at community level are essential to many EU supported programmes.
Efficient water utilisation, high quality seeds, effective veterinary care, better market access, reforestation, more efficient management of community rangelands, are all supported by the EU to improve food security and ensure a durable utilisation of the natural resources.
By supporting an improved budget management and more efficient tax collection and public administration, the EU supports the efforts of the Federal and Provincial Governments to further develop the skills of their staff and the functioning of their institutions in charge of the public accounts.
The EU responded quickly and generously, assisting victims of the 2010 and 2011 monsoon floods, providing over €450 million in humanitarian assistance in 2010 and tens of millions of euro again in 2011. We support Afghan refugees staying in Pakistan and the local Pakistan communities acting as hosts for refugees, as well.