WB ap­proves $75 mil­lion to sup­port TDPs of FATA

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The World Bank has ap­proved a credit of US$ 75 mil­lion to sup­port the early re­cov­ery of fam­i­lies af­fected by the mil­i­tancy cri­sis, pro­mote child health, and strengthen emer­gency re­sponse safety net de­liv­ery sys­tems in the af­fected ar­eas of Fed­er­ally Ad­min­is­tered Tribal Ar­eas (FATA).

Ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the FATA TDPs Emer­gency Re­cov­ery Pro­ject are the fam­i­lies from five FATA agen­cies, namely North Waziris­tan, South Waziris­tan, Orakzai, Kur­ram and Khy­ber, said a state­ment by World Bank here on Thurs­day.

The aim of the pro­ject is to sup­port the early re­cov­ery of ap­prox­i­mately 120,000 dis­placed fam­i­lies from FATA through two cash grants. First is a one­time Early Re­cov­ery Grant of Rs. 35,000 per fam­ily and the sec­ond one is a Liveli­hood Sup­port Grant of Rs. 16,000 per fam­ily in four monthly in­stall­ments of Rs. 4,000.

These two cash grants pro­vide com­ple­men­tary in­ter­ven­tions to help the dis­placed fam­i­lies from the five tar­geted agen­cies cover the ini­tial ex­penses needed to restart their lives and liveli­hood.

The Gov­ern­ment of Pak­istan is com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing the early re­cov­ery and sus­tain­able re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of all 340,000 dis­placed fam­i­lies from FATA af­fected ar­eas.

"The safety net de­liv­ery sys­tems built through this pro­ject will en­hance the ca­pac­ity of the gov­ern­ment to bet­ter re­spond to fu­ture cri­sis, by strength­en­ing the emer­gency re­sponse safety net de­liv­ery sys­tems in FATA in a sus­tain­able man­ner", the state­ment quoted Rachid Ben­mes­saoud, World Bank Coun­try Di­rec­tor for Pak­istan as say­ing.

FATA is lag­ging be­hind in terms of child health in­di­ca­tors as com­pared to the rest of Pak­istan. In the af­ter­math of the mil­i­tancy cri­sis and with the re­turn of dis­placed fam­i­lies, the al­ready in­ad­e­quate child health out­comes are ex­pected to de­te­ri­o­rate fur­ther.

The pro­ject will also pi­lot the pro­vi­sion of a ba­sic health ser­vices pack­age to 64,000 fam­i­lies with chil­dren aged 0 to 24 months in up to four tehsils of the tar­geted ar­eas. "Given the spe­cific cir­cum­stances of FATA, the re­con­struc­tion phase will be ini­ti­ated in par­al­lel to the early re­cov­ery and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion phases, and will con­tinue for the com­ing years", says Am­jad Za­far Khan, Task Team Leader of the pro­ject. "We would pro­vide tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance through this pro­ject to en­hance pro­gram man­age­ment, trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity at the fed­eral, FATA Sec­re­tar­iat and lo­cal level ad­min­is­tra­tion through ca­pac­ity build­ing, stake­holder con­sul­ta­tion, so­cial mo­bi­liza­tion and aware­ness, strate­gic com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and mon­i­tor­ing."

The pro­ject de­sign has taken into ac­count the lessons learned from pre­vi­ous in-coun­try and in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ence with cash trans­fers in emer­gency re­sponse oper­a­tions of sim­i­lar na­ture.

Lessons on crit­i­cal el­e­ments of de­sign and im­ple­men­ta­tion of cash trans­fers such as cash grant amount, pay­ment modal­i­ties, de­liv­ery of child health ser­vices, and third party mon­i­tor­ing are be­ing ap­plied to this pro­ject.

The credit is fi­nanced from the In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion (IDA), the World Bank Group's grant and low-in­ter­est arm. It will be on stan­dard IDA terms, with a ma­tu­rity of 25 years, in­clud­ing a grace pe­riod of 5 years.

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