The United States funds programs that help create stable and prosperous communities in vulnerable several areas of the country.
Improving resilience in targeted areas of Pakistan is a top strategic priority for both the United States and Pakistan. U.S.-supported efforts to enhance resilience focus on the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, as well as on several areas of Karachi, northern Sindh, southern Punjab, and north-eastern Balochistan. The U.S. government and the Government of Pakistan work to extend the writ of government, provide essential services, upgrade basic infrastructure, create employment, and to help local authorities forge positive working relationships with their constituencies. Activities are implemented by USAID and the U.S. Department of State and span from funding for roads, irrigation, energy, and other development and infrastructure projects, to the support for Pakistani law enforcement bodies.
EXPANDING KEY SERVICES AND INFRASTRUCTURE FOR COMMUNITIES
U.S.-funded construction of Tank-Makin, Kaur-Wana, Peshawar Ring Road, and other roads in FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provides employment opportunities for thousands of residents and spurs development by connecting rural communities and businesses more quickly and safely to markets and essential services. To date, the United States has helped build 650 kilometers of roads; another 350 kilometers is under construction.
RECOVERING FROM CONFLICT AND FLOODS
The United States has supported a wide range of reconstruction efforts led by the Government of Pakistan in the aftermath of the 2009 conflicts that displaced two million people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA, and Balochistan and the historic 2010 floods.
Using U.S. funding, the Government of Pakistan Housing Reconstruction Program has issued housing compensations to 17,000 families in Malakand and in the FATA agencies of Mohmand and Bajaur. U.S. support was also used to rebuild public schools and basic health units. As a result, nearly 16,000 children attend new schools, and one million people receive basic health care in 18 renovated or rebuilt health facilities throughout Malakand. More than 324,000 women, children, and youth affected by insecurity in Khyber Pakhtunkkhwa have received social support services through child protection systems set up by USAID. To restore the Swat Valley tourism industry damaged by the 2009 conflicts and the 2010 floods, USAID helped rebuild and re-open 239 hotels and 22 fisheries. As a result, these U.S.-supported businesses increased their revenues from $454,000 in 2010 to $4.8 million in 2012.
Last updated: February 23, 2015