Pakistan's stability is critical to both economic growth and human development, and regional security. Instability undermines economic growth, discourages private sector investment and results in high unemployment rates, particularly among youth. Pakistan's Vision 2025 policy links peace, security, and stability approaches with development interventions, and Australia will work to support stability through its current and future aid investments. Australia will prioritise its support to Pakistan's insecure border areas - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Balochistan. These areas are amongst the most insecure and disadvantaged in Pakistan. Our investments promote human development, economic growth and prosperity in these regions, with a focus on the most vulnerable, and help build the capacity of community organisations and government to deliver services, especially after crises. Australia also continues to support Pakistan’s most vulnerable through humanitarian assistance.
Multi-Donor Trust Fund for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA and Balochistan
$56.3 million, 2010-2020
The World-Bank administered Multi-Donor Trust Fund for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Balochistan (MDTF-BA) was formed in August 2010 at the request of the Government of Pakistan and development partner countries to respond to crisis in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Balochistan. It supports recovery from the impact of the crisis through reconstruction and development restoring infrastructure, improving local and provincial services and institutions, and livelihoods, while addressing governance and other challenges that contributed to the crisis. Australia provided AUD31.3 million to round I, AUD10 million to a current bridging phase, and a further AUD15 million to Round II (2016-2020).
Protracted Refugee Relief Operations (Humanitarian) Program
$21 million, 2014-2018
The United Nations reports that 1.6 million people are currently displaced by conflict in north-west Pakistan. Australia supports the World Food Program (WFP) to provide lifesaving humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable in response to varied humanitarian crises across Pakistan, in collaboration with donors, other UN agencies, NGOs and the Government of Pakistan.
The WFP provides emergency food relief, livelihood support, school feeding, and community administered malnutrition programs, in response to varied and complex humanitarian emergencies, and supports disaster preparedness.
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Pakistan National Disaster Risk Management Fund
$4.5 million, 2016-2019
The Pakistan National Disaster Risk Management Fund contributes to a resilient Pakistan by providing resources to reduce disaster risks and manage residual impacts of natural hazards and climate variability. The fund has a particular focus on disaster risk reduction and preparedness; the piloting and upscaling on disaster risk financing instruments; and priority relief and recovery support.
Humanitarian Assistance to support Undocumented Afghan Returns in Pakistan
$4 million, 2017-2019
This program provides support to displaced undocumented Afghans sheltering in Pakistan. It includes provision of information to the Government of Pakistan, humanitarian stakeholders and returning communities; supporting the dignified voluntary return of undocumented Afghans and strengthening social cohesion and integration in hosting areas.