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

Client: European Union

Duration: 2014-2020

Region: Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Country: Pakistan

Solutions: Governance

DAI’s Human Dynamics supports the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in implementing the Community Driven Local Development (KP-CDLD) Programme in the 12 districts of the province of Pakistan. The programme aims to restore community trust in the local government and build government responsiveness.

KP-CDLD was first initiated in six districts of Malakand Division, engaging with community-based organisations to multiply impact. In 2017 and 2018 the geographic coverage was extended to other six districts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Battagram, Buner, Haripur, Nowshera, Swabi, and Torghar. The project seeks to ensure that local authorities achieve targets; build capacity in public financial management, procurement, and other areas; and develop appropriate mechanisms for management information and policy feedback.

Given the wide geographical distribution of trainees and their different roles—civil servants of line departments, elected council members, appointed local government officers, and members of community organisations—our approach demands effective coordination, marshaling of resources, and the ability to conceive solutions across varied socio-geographic areas.

Sample Activities

  • Ensure effective disbursement of European Union budget support of community physical infrastructure such as building or renovating facilities related to sanitation, drinking water, roads and bridges, irrigation, schools, and more.
  • Ensure appropriate engineering standards are maintained in local ‪projects‬.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Select Results

  • Supported the organization of a high-level EU mission conducted in Chitral, Dir Lower, Haripur, Nowshera, and Swabi. The mission visited small infrastructure facilities related to water supply, road construction and irrigation, and assessed the quality of projects implemented by KP-CDLD.
  • Revised the 2019 CDLD Policy Implementation Procedures and distributed 1,500 hard copies of the document to all stakeholders, including provincial and district offices for future use.
  • Approved 4,320 community projects—road access, agriculture, irrigation services, and water supply—of which 826 were prepared by women.
  • Improved basic service delivery in the education sector in Kaskoroona village, following the upgrade of the primary school infrastructure with funding from KP-CDLD. Currently, the school has 284 students, with adequate space for classrooms and playground.
  • Funded a water supply project for the remote community of village Maira Shaplin in district Swat to help 150 households in the village.
  • Supported the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with implementation of COVID-19 response actions by preparing a needs assessment of health facilities; identifying vulnerable families eligible for cash assistance; and developing an awareness video shared on social media.


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