Pakistan—Khyber Pakhtunkhwa District Governance and Community Development Programme (KP-CDLD)

Client: European Union

Duration: 2014-2021

Region: Asia and the Pacific

Country: Pakistan

Solutions: Governance

DAI supported the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in implementing the Community Driven Local Development (KP-CDLD) Programme in the 13 districts of the province of Pakistan. The programme worked to build the responsiveness and effectiveness of the province’s administration to restore citizen trust; stimulate employment and livelihood opportunities; and ensure delivery of basic services.

By following a decentralized and bottom-up approach, the programme aimed to achieve sustainable improvement in the coverage and quality of frontline service delivery through actively involving local communities. The European Union supported the government by providing budget support and funding this technical assistance project as a complementary measure to build capacities on provincial, district, and town levels with regard to policy review and feedback, public financial management, procurement and contract management, communication and visibility, engineering standards, and monitoring and evaluation.

Sample Activities

  • Support the provincial government in putting in place a fiscal and regulatory framework for CDLD where local communities are in charge of executing local development and service delivery initiatives.
  • Support district administrations in the organization and implementation of calls for proposals for communities’ small infrastructure and livelihood projects.
  • Develop capacity to operate a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation system including a tailored management information system to ensure evidence-based policy formulation and strategic planning for local development.

Select Results

  • Advised and supported district administrations in the selection of 4,320 community projects (on-road access, agriculture, irrigation services and water supply) that have been approved and found eligible for funding and implementation. Of the approved projects, 826 were prepared by women.
  • Revised the 2019 CDLD Policy Implementation Procedures and printed and distributed 1,500 copies of the document among all stakeholders including provincial and district offices.
  • Conducted high-level EU missions in Chitral, Dir Lower, Haripur, Nowshera and Swabi to inspect small infrastructure facilities related to water supply, road construction and irrigation, and assessed the quality of local projects.
  • Facilitated a “CDLD Experience Sharing Workshop” in Swat with stakeholders and partners to exchange experiences and build connections for increased collaboration and continuous learning.
  • Supported the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with the implementation of COVID-19 response actions—prepared needs assessment of health facilities in the districts covered by the programme and helped the COVID-19 response of the government, identifying poor and vulnerable families eligible for cash assistance.


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