Saudi Fund for Development inaugurates a link road in Swat district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, in partnership with UNDP

29 Nov 2012

Swat - A three member delegation from the Saudi Fund for Development, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, inaugurated a link road in Village Kot, Tehsil Charbagh, Swat. They were accompanied by Dr. Fakhar-e-Alam Commissioner Malakand Division, Kamran Rehman Khan District Coordination Officer (DCO) Swat, Ms. Rabia Khattak Assistant Country Director Crisis Prevention and Recovery Unit UNDP Pakistan and senior representatives from Provincial Disaster Management Authority/Provincial Reconstruction, Rehabilitation & Settlement Authority (PDMA/PaRRSA), Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

The sites visited included a link road in village Kot and some community infrastructure schemes in village Jamalabad, Tehsil Chrarbagh, District Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. 

Swat district had been adversely affected in 2008-2009 by the conflict, resulting in massive displacement of population and increased constraints on food security and livelihoods. The damage to community infrastructure and collapse of the relevant institutions had deprived communities’ access to basic services and facilities. According to Conflict Early Recovery Initial Need Assessment Report of 2009, 22% of the community infrastructure was damaged in district Swat.

With the financial support of  USD 7.7 million from the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, UNDP is implementing a ‘Community Infrastructure Restoration and Rehabilitation’ project in District Swat, KP.  Through this project, UNDP in coordination with the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, is rehabilitating 585 damaged community infrastructures schemes (link roads, drainage channels, culverts, bridges, and streets) in six tehsils of district Swat. These interventions will improve access to services and facilities for the local community and provide the infrastructure necessary for socioeconomic uplift in the area.

Mr. Abdullah Mohammad A Alshoaibi, Chief Technical Engineer, SFD said, “It was a great pleasure to inaugurate the link road and observe some schemes that are being rehabilitated by the Saudi contribution to the humanitarian response for the crisis affected population in Pakistan. We appreciate UNDP’s effort and cherish our partnership with them for the rehabilitation and development of the marginalized communities of Swat”.

Talking about the recovery and development of crisis affected areas, Ms. Rabia Khattak, Assistant Country Director, Crisis Prevention and Recovery Unit UNDP Pakistan said, “The restoration and rehabilitation of community infrastructure is benefiting the local communities by improving their access to basic services and facilities. We are grateful to the Saudi Fund for Development, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, for their generous support to improve the lives of the communities of Swat.”

Contact Information

For further information, please contact: Fatimah Inayet, Communications Analyst, UNDP Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-8355650 or email: Fatimah.inayet@undp.org