Duration: November 2013 – November 2020
Budget: €85 million
Location: 13 districts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Malakand, Swat, Shangla, Dir Upper, Dir Lower, Chitral Upper, Chitral Lower, Buner, Haripur, Noshera,Swabu, Torgar and Battagram)
Implementing Partners: Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and local Communities
The EU supports the KP government in its effort to integrate poor regions and those affected by militancy and natural disasters into the national development agenda by improving access to basic public services, enhancing sustainable livelihoods and strengthening the trust between local government and communities in rural areas.
In 2011 the KPK province, and Malakand division in particular, faced grave challenges in the aftermath of successive disasters, militancy and civil unrest. This resulted in 2.3 million internally displaced people, severe loss of infrastructure, weak public administration and 6.3 million people living in an extremely fragile socio-economic situation. The EU supports the KP Government address these challenges through the KP Community Driven Local Development (CDLD) policy.
How do we address the challenge?
The EU provides directly support the KP budget to implement CDLD policy. This enables local communities to access additional public funds to implement small public infrastructure schemes such as paths, walking bridges, additional classrooms, health centers, irrigation channels and water pumps.
By increasing the coverage of priority services in health, education, water and sanitation and irrigation for poor rural communities through an inclusive planning and investment process at the village level, the CDLD policy of the Government of KP also promotes democratic governance and increases local government legitimacy. In particular, it helps improve the relationship between communities and their local government representatives, as they work together to address communities' priority needs. This helps rebuild citizens trust in government institutions and makes local government more accountable.
Support to policy
Through the KP KGCD programme the EU is supporting the KP government to implement their Community Driven Local Development (CDLD) policy aimed at increasing public investments at community and village levels and improving trust between citizens and their government. This is in support of the KP decentralization agenda as well as provincial efforts to address socio-economic inequalities in
What can we learn from this project?
Adopting a bottom-up approach to development through participative village council development plans (VCDPs), complemented with availability of funds from government, has been an important aspect of the policy implementation in the last two years. This has resulted in increased empowerment of communities to drive their own development, high level satisfaction with the government among communities and in local governments becoming more responsive to communities’ needs - specifically women's needs.
These results have been attained through continuous learning, followed by relevant revisions of the CDLD implementation systems at district, tehsil and village levels so that the selection of projects and funds disbursal mechanisms have become increasingly efficient, inclusive and transparent.
EU in Pakistan
The European Union (EU) funds projects and programmes around the world in order to help addressing global and local challenges. The reduction of poverty and the respect of fundamental rights and freedoms are key objectives in this context.
In Pakistan, the EU is committed to a stable, democratic and pluralistic country that respects human rights and benefits from its full economic potential by supporting sustainable and inclusive development for all its citizens. The EU provides Pakistan with about €100 million annually in grants for development and cooperation. Among other issues, the EU supports Pakistan in its efforts to tackle poverty, increase education, promote good governance, human rights, rule of law and ensure sustainable management of natural resources. EU-funded projects are covering all of Pakistan with a special focus on Sindh and Balochistan.
The collaboration between the European Union and Pakistan is grounded in the Strategic Engagement Plan (SEP) signed in 2019. Areas of cooperation under the SEP include peace and security, democracy, rule of law, human rights, and migration but also sectors such as energy, climate change and science and technology.
The EU is one of Pakistan’s largest trading partners. The EU supports Pakistan’s integration into the world economy and its sustainable economic development, namely by granting it preferential access to the European single market under the GSP+ system since 2014. Under this scheme almost 80% of Pakistan’s exports enter the EU duty and quota free. In 2018, Pakistani exports to the EU were worth €6.9 billion.
In order to enjoy the trade preferences under GSP+, Pakistan needs to demonstrate progress on the implementation of 27 international conventions on human rights, good governance, labour rights and environmental protection.
Delegation of the European Union to Pakistan
House 9, Street 88, G-6/3, Islamabad
Phone: +92 51 227 1828, Fax: +92 51 282 2604
To report any irregularities contact us on DELEGATION-PAKISTAN-IRREGULARITIES@eeas.europa.eu