Improving livelihood strategies in Pakistan

The Livelihoods Programme Hindukush supports rural households in improving their livelihood strategies based on their potentials. Furthermore it aims to reduce their vulnerabilities caused by various factors such as natural disasters.
The poor, rural communities of north-west Pakistan depend largely on natural resources for their livelihoods. But over the years, the destruction and degradation of the natural resources in these areas has had a serious impact on livelihoods and the levels of vulnerability of the local communities.

The programme supports a more equitable access to public and private services and addresses rights issues such as participation in decision making, land rights and tenure, water rights, etc. It therefore builds local capacities and service delivery systems around specific resources (products or value chains) and focuses on economic activities and improving access to markets in selected, marginalised districts. The ultimate aim is to reduce poverty and empower communities to better manage their lives.

The programme is implemented in collaboration with the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. It merged and capitalized on the successful elements of four previous SDC funded projects under one programme. It has recently expanded its operations to new areas in FATA.

Main activities include support to the communities for the provision of safe drinking water and construction of new drinking water schemes, introduction of improved on and off-farm production and dryland management techniques, diversification of livelihood options, value chain promotion and access to markets. The programme furthermore supports women and youth to establish rural enterprises for validation of local business potential by offering skills training for women and youth. To ensure sustainability, the programme also strengthens the capacities of government line agencies (agriculture, water management, forestry, education and social welfare) and local service providers.

This is a project mandate implemented on behalf of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)