Japan gives USD 12 million to UNDP for
Islamabad, 10 December 2009: The
Government of Japan signed an agreement today with the
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to provide
USD 12 million for peace building, governance and
economic recovery for the conflict-affected areas of NWFP
and parts of FATA.
Official Exchange of Notes (E/N) to this effect
were signed and exchanged between His Excellency Mr.
Chihiro ATSUMI, Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan, and Mr.
Toshihiro TANAKA, Country Director, UNDP, Pakistan. Mr.
Sibtain Fazal Halim, Secretary of the Economics Affairs
Division, the Government of Pakistan, and Mr. Shakeel
Qadir Khan, Director General of the Provincial Relief,
Rehabilitation and Settlement Authority (PaRRSA), NWFP
were also present.
Speaking on the occasion the Japanese Ambassador
H.E Mr. Chihiro Atsumi stated, '"This development
programme by the UNDP will support the rehabilitation and
resettlement of the persons wishing to return to a
peaceful and secure community. As Pakistan strives to
rebuild infrastructure, empower women and bring smiles
and hope on the faces of the youth, I hope the region
will soon regain the strength that it deserves to have,"
Appreciating UNDP's effort in this regard, he further
stated "We appreciate the role that the UNDP has been
playing in the development of Pakistan, and trust that
the ongoing efforts by Pakistan and the UNDP will be a
step to bring peace and stability in the
The three-year programme will help IDPs
reconstruct their lives as they return home. The conflict
in NWFP and FATA resulted in the displacement of 2.7
million people. As peace was restored, 1.6 million people
have returned so far. Many of these return to a life of
uncertainty. 53-year-old Khanum Bibi from Malakand is one
of them. 'prior to the conflict, I had managed to support
my 8 grand children and their widowed mother through some
livestock farming and by selling embroidery. The money I
saved has been spent on the displacement, my husband and
son are dead, I need help to restart my business'. The
much-needed and generous support of the Japanese
Government will help many like Khanum Bibi.
Early recovery activities will be undertaken.
These are essential to bridge the gap between relief
which is immediate and rebuilding and rehabilitation
which is long term. Specifically, these early recovery
activities include restoring livelihoods through cash for
work on rubble removal (estimated at 2,282,500 tons) and
involving the community in micro infrastructure projects
such as water pumps, water pipelines, footpaths, culverts
etc., which have been destroyed. People will also be
trained in different skills and supported financially to
undertake small projects or businesses in the farm
(agriculture, horticulture) and non-farm sectors (marble
quarrying, gem and jewelry, carpentry, tourism) sectors.
This programme will also help the provincial and local
authorities to have a coordinated response to the needs
of the returnees.
At a more strategic level, UNDP will also work
towards gaining a better understating of its structural
causes of the conflict while addressing them in a
comprehensive manner. For this purpose, peace committees
and alternate dispute resolution mechanisms will be
The programme will focus on the conflict
affected population with a special emphasis on the
vulnerable, especially women-headed households; families
with disabled members; families that have 10 members and
an income of Rs. 7000.
Commenting on the commitment of the Japanese
Government towards supporting key early recovery
interventions at the time of crisis, Mr. Toshihiro
Tanaka, Country Director, UNDP. stated, "UNDP and Japan
have had a fruitful partnership through which Japan
provided support to the national elections in 2008 and
made a substantial contribution after the 2005 earthquake
in Pakistan. We were able to provide the critically
needed transitional housing for the affectees and
undertake rubble removal that lead the way to
reconstruction in the affected areas. Japan's timely
contribution to help the IDPs will contribute
significantly not only towards restoring livelihoods and
micro community infrastructure but towards governance
support for long-term peace and development of the
For further information and media assistance,
Mehreen Saeed, Communication Analyst, Mariyam Nawaz,
Strategic Management Unit, UNDP Pakistan
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