Support Vulnerable Population in District Swabi KPK  

Sectoral Activities

Institutional Development project

Outcome: Communities empowered to promote social cohesion and harmony

Output 1: Organize community mobilization dialogue and identify common interests for development and social harmony.

SWWS Use Poverty Score Card method to identify the poorest/ most vulnerable individuals in the community. Conducted participatory resource constraints analysis to identify pressing community needs. After detail analysis of PSC, swws facilitate the co to prioritize their needs and involved co in the designing of intervention for different groups. Set up community and village organizations (COs, VOs) and strengthen Capacities through targeted training including Community Management and skill trainings followed by skill and EDTs. SWWS all intervention based on social mobilization and so far organized 890 Community organizations, 54 Village organizations and 16 Union Council Level organizations in three districts including Swabi, Buner and Dir upper.

Output 2: Community and village level participatory monitoring systems established

Village Development Plans prepared with the inclusion of poorest/ most vulnerable individuals. VDP is the most important participatory planning exercise under which SWWS aware the VO to form different committees groups like Health & Education committees, farmers group, Common interest group etc. These groups monitor the overall developmental projects being carried out by Government, NGOs and other stakeholders. Initiate community and village level monitoring which ensure the quality of work and develop mechanisms for repair and maintenance.
These community groups Hold regular village assemblies/meetings which create awrness among the citizens for different needs of the rural poor. Participatory M&E, and progress reporting system established and linked into SWWS MIS programme M&E system. Output 3: Local government institutional coordination mechanisms strengthened to support Rural communities

Second important step is to Carry out capacity needs assessment, through these training SWWS empower the local leaders/activist, so that he may be able to create linkages with line department Train government officials, local elected representatives in planning, coordination, management, CSO dialogue, conflict resolution, gender mainstreaming etc are the topics by which the rural elders are trained to get involved with government line department. Disaster risk management training for community members and government staff to enhance disaster awareness and preparedness is also integral part of all capacity building support because SWWS target areas are disaster proven.

Output 4: Improved livelihoods and local economies

Improved household income through diversified livelihood opportunities are designed for the most deprived population/vulnerable communities including ultra poor. Conduct household economic surveys to set the baseline (or use Poverty Score Card survey results). Proper software based approaches are adopted to feed the data and get quick results. The ultra poor households are again approached after PSC survey to develop their Livelihood plans and on the basis of these plans intervention are designed against their given business proposals which further assessed by the SWWS experts for further support like provision of assets and cash grants. SWWS has provided Livelihood support in three districts of KP including Buner, Dir Upper and Swabi.

Joint identification of livelihood opportunities and technical and vocational training needs are identified and so far 33000 youth have been trained under SWWS vocational training program. Conduct training for income generation activities, enterprise development, marketing and business management and indentify women specific enterprises through proper training, market simulation, market surveys. On the basis of graduation survey SWWS Develop linkages with microfinance institutions and improve women’s access to credit facilities and till now SWWS has provided 7068 loans by issuing Pak Rs.127 million under its CED component through small loans. Develop database of skilled and affiliate them with technical institutions to transfer their skills locally and also Develop Community Livelihood Fund (CLF) with VOs and LSOs and support Cos to develop member members with internal lending. Develop value chain mechanisms to enhance income generation activities in district Swabi to empower the women and increase the enrolment at primary level. Recently a pilot project has been initiated in selected villages of UC Checknoda.

IDPs supported project on Providing Emergency Livelihood Support to facilitate early recovery in KPK.

The livelihoods of many families in Buner were seriously damaged by the armed conflict between Pakistan Government military forces and the Taliban that started in April 2009 and lead to 2 million people being displaced from their homes. SWWS with the funding from OFDA and OXFAM GB respond to the early recovery of the affected population of 6 Union Councils in Buner. The program response started in September 2009 and focused on facilitating the immediate basic needs of the returning displaced people and those that did not leave their homes to enable them to generate income and sustain their livelihood. With focus on IDPs issues of return SWWS started working with OXFAM GB in District Buner and selected 4 Union Councils of Daggar Tehsil and provided Livelihood and food security support to sustain the IDPs return in their areas of origin. Under this program the project provided support to IDPs especially the most vulnerable including widows, disable, women headed household, tenets, labour and working class of the society. They were mobilized in selected 12 villages and were provided Agricultural Tools, Seeds, fertilizers and training to ensure food securities on one hand while on other hand cash for work were started and 1500 unemployed youth were provided 4900 Pak Rupees per month and involved them in the working of cleaning their paths drains from debris and also constructed small projects of water supply, flood protection walls and cause ways, similarly cash grant were also provided to entrepreneurs to re-establish their businesses through cash grant of Pak Rupees of 20000 per households. Under this project total 6200 households were supported in 24 villages out of 6 Union Councils.

Program achievements: Cash for work in Buner

- 1600 selected beneficiaries in Buner were employed to work on selected community projects for a period of 4 months. - A total of 384000 dollars (Pak Rs.30720000) in Buner were spend on payment to selected beneficiaries over the project period with each household receiving approximately 240 dollars. - To date 134 projects have been completed in Buner. - In Buner 23% (920) of the beneficiaries for cash for work were women employed for knitting

Economic Asset Restoration (Cash Grants)

Cash grant aided 3200 conflict affected women and men in renewing their household purchasing power and giving them the choice to invest in appropriate livelihood stretagies in Buner. Special attention was directed to support the most vulnerable households, which are slected through a community based targeting process. Each of the selected household received 20000 Pak Rupees (USD 250) given in two tranches of 10000 rupees each (USD125). 40% of cash grant beneficiaries were women spent most of their grant on meeting the immediate needs of family members while men opted to invest in small scale enterprise.

Crop production and food security improved

Develop gender sensitive teaching curricula on improved crop production and processing practices, , and launch training programmes for both men and women through agriculture extension workers. SWWS staff also completed damaged assessment survey for world bank regarding house damages and lost of their assets especially the livestock & crops in two district of Swat, and Buner. Established community linkages with technical and private sector institutions/companies for sustainable supply of inputs (eg wheat growers and flour mills)

Support communities and the government line departments identify annual production development /cropping schemes Seeds systems and agricultural inputs:

Seeds, tools and fertilizers distributed to 2000 families
a) Seeds distributed 50KG Wheat to 2500 households 180 KG of onions and tomatos to 500 households
b) Tools set 2500 Sets comprising of 2 hoes, 1 weeding and hoeing digger, 1 sickle, 1 mattock, 1 spade and 1 land fork distributed 2500 households.
c) Fertilizers
Mega tones were distributed in order to increase copy yields for local farmers. The same exercise were also initiated with support of PPAF and 100 farmers of of District Swabi were provided 100Kg seeds per households during 2010 along with fertilizers but PPAF reluctant to reimburse the expense amount.

Future plan

1. for Vegetable production and marketing improved and strengthened

Improve the understanding of market potential for horticultural crops Improve producers’ selection of suitable market crops, distribution and packing Overcome post harvest losses, train farmers in correct packing techniques. Improve access to finance and credit for market producers and entrepreneurs Promote and sustain women’s micro-enterprises/income generating activities in horticulture.

2. Livestock production improved in SWWS target UCs/Districts/Province

Evaluate potential for cross breeding local livestock and elite animals Establish disease free zones for raising high potential livestock for milk, meat and wool production Improve fodder production by procuring seeds and other inputs and training farmers and women in feeding techniques Assist farmers establish small scale milk and meat processing plants and marketing strategies Improve animal health services including vaccination, de-worming and treatment Ensure media strategy extension of improved techniques

Local irrigation systems and networks revived

Conduct engineering assessments of irrigation needs against water Availability, water courses and lining have been completed both in Swabi, Buner and Dir upper. De-silt canals and channels: Through farmer organization yearly cleaning have been done in Swabi. Line and construct new canals and channels are completed in Buner Elai Union Council and Katkal areas. Similarly 16 schemes are also completed in Swabi. SWWS also Set up community Water User Groups for O&M in all areas of operations.

Farm to market and village roads repaired or constructed

Conduct engineering assessments of local roads, their quality and maintenance needs: Total 8 link road designed and completed in Dir Upper and 19 in Buner. Rehabilitate and construct farm to market and village roads: Number of schemes have been surveyed and shall be completed during 2013 under PPAF LACIP project in Swabi.

Community Physical infrastructure repaired or constructed

Construct community based schemes (irrigation channels, karezes, flood protections, pavements and drainage: SWWS has completed number of CPI schemes total 60 schemes in Dir upper, 160 in Buner and 130 in Swabi. Set up community O&M systems for all target schemes with active participation.

Restoration of social services and public infrastructure

Output: Management and awareness of education, health, water and sanitation strengthened and increased

Raise community awareness about the need for improved WATSAN, education and health facilities through behavior change strategies. Through health educations sessions, brainstorming and distribution of IEC material target communities are sensitized and ensured provision of clean drinking water, health and hygiene nutrition etc.
Mobilize community funds to manage sector interventions on sustainable basis,
Education projects
Educational delivery systems from primary to high level improved