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United States Provides Additional $9.3 million to Assist IDPs
July 22, 2014
The United States Embassy announces an additional contribution of $9.3 million to help the government of Pakistan meet the health, water, sanitation, and livelihood needs of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).  These funds will be provided through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).  The U.S. government will provide $7 million dollars to UNICEF/Pakistan to improve health, hygiene, water, and sanitation services for IDPs with the remaining funds used to ensure the health of livestock.  This new funding brings the total U.S. contribution benefiting IDPs from North Waziristan to $17.3 million.  The United States announced $8 million in food assistance for IDPs on June 26, 2014.
 
Ambassador Olson said, "The United States stands ready to help the Government of Pakistan prepare for and respond to the considerable humanitarian needs emerging in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.  Our additional $9.3 million contribution reiterates the importance of the partnership between the Government of Pakistan, development organizations, and the United States."
Energy sector Pakistan
March 7, 2014
Today the United States and Pakistan signed a $72 million project implementation agreement to refurbish and upgrade the Mangla dam located in the Mirpur district of Azad Kashmir.  The rehabilitation will improve the operating capacity of the hydroelectric plant at Mangala dam by 90 megawatts (MW), enough electricity for about 200,000 Pakistani households.  A total amount of $150 million is slated for the project, with $72 million allotted for this initial phase.
 
Pakistan Reading Project
February 13, 2014

The United States and Pakistan launched the Pakistan Reading Project today, marking the beginning of a five year, $160 million investment in reading education in Pakistan. Funded through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the project will improve the reading skills of 3.2 million children across Pakistan, build the capacity of 94,000 primary school teachers, and provide over 6,000 scholarships to train aspiring teachers.

Pakistan’s Pioneering Mobile Agriculture Project
February 4, 2014

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), launched a new pilot project to introduce mobile enabled advisory and financial services for peach and potato farmers and fishermen in Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

As a result of this project, over 1,700 small and medium sized farms and 15,000 people in Swat will gain access to mobile banking. With information and financing more readily available, farmers can learn practices to increase their crop yields, gain increased access to markets, and conduct efficient and safe financial transactions.

USAID's Economic Growth and Agriculture project in Pakistan
February 3, 2014

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Entrepreneurs Project, has trained 24,000 small business owners in the field of medicinal plants and honey.  The Medicinal and Aromatic Plants and Honey Industry conference on February 3 featured discussions aimed at developing the medicinal plant and honey sector in Pakistan.  Plant collectors and bee-keepers discussed business opportunities with buyers and service providers.

USAID's Health Initiative
January 22, 2014

Ambassador Richard Olson attended the release of Pakistan's National Institute for Population Studies Demographic and Health Survey (PDHS) for 2012-13 at a ceremony at the Serena Hotel in Islamabad. State Minister for National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar was also present at the event.

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Last updated: July 23, 2014

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