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USAID works with the Government of Pakistan and development partners in Restoring People’s Trust in Their Government, Addressing Gender-based Violence, Connecting Remote Communities to Main Cities, and Helping Displaced Families Earn Livelihoods Upon Their Return.

Lack of employment opportunities, good governance and weak institutions eroded people’s trust in their government and provided a space that was exploited by extremist groups along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border and parts of Sindh and Punjab provinces. A large number of people were displaced due to a comprehensive military operation to reclaim control in the affected regions. USAID supported Government of Pakistan (GoP) in managing internally displaced populations and ensuring their return to their homelands. USAID reconstructed and rehabilitated public and private infrastructure in the conflict-affected areas and is supporting returning populations to settle down and live a normal life. USAID support improves economic, health and education. People thrive in stable, democratic societies, and USAID is determined to restore the writ of the government and develop strong and prosperous communities resilient to extremism. 


USAID has rehabilitated and upgraded four major cross-border trade routes along the western border increasing economic opportunities for the tribal populations, benefited more than one million students by reconstructing/rehabilitating over 900 conflict/flood affected schools, partnered with CISCO to establish computer networking academies at 40 public/private institutions across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and improved access to clean drinking water for 620,000 people in Peshawar.


  • Distributed 2.5 million library books to increase children’s interest in reading 
  • Supported the livelihoods of farming families by restoring irrigation and improving drainage across 524,647 of acres of arable land in KP. 
  • Rehabilitated a damaged power supply system and upgraded power grids in 88 villages in South Waziristan Agency so the children can concentrate on their studies and tradesmen can use their machines to generate more income. 
  • Rebuilt and/or renovated over 2,500 health units and utility systems, to enable local governments earn people’s trust by providing essential services.


In addition to reconstructing/rehabilitating schools, health units and water systems, USAID has provided dumpers, garbage compactors and solid waste management equipment, and trained KP government staff to improve the delivery of essential services across KP winning communities’ trust in their government. USAID also contributed to improving KP government’s management abilities and provided automated systems to improve their work speed. 


Throughout the country, USAID has helped more than 76,478 male and female victims of gender-based violence rebuild their lives by providing shelter, as well as legal, health, and economic support.


USAID has built or repaired 1,249 kilometers of roads across Pakistan, as well as 35 bridges and two tunnels in KP, connecting remote communities to main cities. This has greatly reduced vehicle repair costs and travel times and increased comfort. The roads improve farmers’ access to markets, and bring larger health facilities within reach to remote tribal populations in cases of emergencies.


USAID is supporting the displaced families who have returned to their homes after years of displacement to restore and expand agricultural livelihoods. These livelihood programs have directly benefited more than 42,750 households in North and South Waziristan and Khyber Agencies. 

USAID’s cash for work programs have enabled communities to rebuild their damaged agricultural and community structures while learning disaster preparedness at the same time. Skill-based training activities have provided the youth with skills like hotel management and marble/granite polishing. Others include off-season, high yield vegetable farming and fruit orchards that provide better income opportunities.



Last updated: September 16, 2020

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