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 program in Pakistan in 2007 to address the volatility and violent extremism that threatens Pakistan’s move toward a more socially, politically, and economically stable country. USAID/OTI serves to catalyze Pakistan’s transition by building communities' resilience. Activities support USG foreign policy priorities to strengthen the relationship between local government and communities and counter violent extremism (VE) in the most difficult and vulnerable areas of the country.

After assessing situations in target areas, USAID/OTI implements activities through a small grants mechanism that allows the program to pilot new approaches and respond to evolving dynamics. The aim is to increase community resilience through dialogue and trust between local authorities and communities, and among grass-roots organizations, advocates, and champions to allow for longer-term development to take shape.


The breakdown of confidence and trust between local communities and the Government of Pakistan institutions has led to increased vulnerability to VE in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Province. In an effort to rebuild that confidence and in turn reduce the space for VE groups, USAID/OTI supports a process-oriented approach to bring communities and local authorities together through small-scale service projects that strengthen community resiliency and support the conditions for those displaced by violent conflict to return home.

Additionally, in Karachi and southern Punjab, USAID/OTI creates opportunities for at-risk populations to engage in positive activities, allowing them to develop a value-set that undermines the attraction of VE groups and behaviors. Working with concerned ministries, local governments, community groups and the private sector, USAID/OTI gives youth the chance to develop leadership and technical skills, engage in meaningful activities, and reinforce principles of tolerance and mutual respect. USAID/OTI’s programming informs longer-term initiatives as local actors work toward creating positive change in their communities.

Program Highlights

  • Strengthening the relationship between local authorities and historically marginalized communities through OTI’s participatory model.
  • Partnering with local actors on activities that counter VE narratives.
  • Fostering local champions who support peace and unity by building a network of grass-roots organizations, business leaders, and local activists.


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Last updated: July 08, 2015

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