EU grants 22 m Euros to support local development initiatives in FATA

ISLAMABAD: The Government of Pakistan today signed a Financing Agreement with the European Union (EU) for the implementation of a 22 Million EUR project titled “Aid to Uprooted People in Pakistan.” Additional 12 Million EUR will be provided by the Government of Germany.

The overall objective of the project is to facilitate the reintegration of FATA IDPs by creating a favorable environment for their return, improve the service delivery of the FATA Administration and assist the reform process in FATA. The project will also support and sustain community-driven local development initiatives to create a favourable socio economic environment for returning Internally Displaced Persons. More than 300,000 families will benefit from the project interventions.

The project is expected to start from January 2017. Project activities will be started in Khyber, Orakzai, North Waziristan and South Waziristan and later on extended to other agencies. Sarhad Rural Support Programme will implement the project activities through community organizations at the field level.  The project interventions will be completed within a 5 year period, ending 2021.

source The nation