Pakistan OTI
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Supporting stability and development programs in conflict-prone communities throughout the Federally Administered Tribal Areas: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Southern Punjab, and Karachi.

Why USAID/OTI is in Pakistan

USAID/OTI launched its Pakistan Transition Initiative in 2007 to address the volatility and violent extremism that threatens Pakistan’s move toward social, political and economic stability. USAID/OTI serves to catalyze Pakistan’s transition toward stability through activities that support U.S. Government foreign policy priorities and counter violent extremism (CVE) in the most difficult and vulnerable areas of the country.


USAID/OTI implements activities through a small grants mechanism that allows the program to test new approaches and quickly respond to evolving dynamics.

In the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, USAID/OTI aims to strengthen the relationship between government and local communities. A lack of confidence and trust in Government of Pakistan institutions has increased vulnerability to VE influence in some of FATA/KP’s most contentious and remote parts. To rebuild confidence and in turn reduce VE groups’ operating space, USAID/OTI brings communities and local authorities together through small-scale service delivery projects that strengthen community resiliency and create the conditions necessary for those displaced by conflict to return home.

In Karachi and Southern Punjab, USAID/OTI programming counters social drivers of VE by supporting individual and community-led initiatives in vulnerable areas. In addition to the region’s historic support for VE groups, a rise in crime, gang warfare and sectarian violence has created greater space for VE groups to operate and expand their influence. In response, USAID/OTI works with concerned ministries, local governments, community groups and the private sector to reclaim physical and intellectual space for moderate voices, implement components of the National Action Plan and foster a network of stakeholders that shares a positive value set of pride, unity and resilience.

Program Highlights

  • Building networks of grassroots organizations, business leaders and local activists that provide safe spaces to expose vulnerable people to a wide range of ideas and promote a counternarrative to VE groups and other criminal networks focused on peace and unity;
  • Through sports and culture, empowering youth from different ethnic, sectarian and socio-economic backgrounds to look past misperceptions about one another; and
  • Facilitating interactions between local authorities and marginalized communities that improve perceptions of government legitimacy and responsiveness.


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Last updated: August 09, 2016

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