29603-013: Malakand Rural Development

Project Data Sheet (PDS): Details


The Project aims to reduce rural poverty in Malakand by enhancing household incomes and living standards, particularly for the smallholder and tenant farmers, and the landless, who constitute the rural poor in the Project area. Women's human resource development and improvement of their income earning potential are specifically aimed at. At the same time, by assisting to create a semi permanent structure to support village-level development and by providing capacity- building assistance and training support, the Project will contribute to institutional reforms for devolution of powers to the local level. The Project comprises village development services, rural financing services, road development, and implementation support and capacity-building services.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Project area has largely been neglected in the development of infrastructure, and in the generation of employment and income earning opportunities. It is estimated that 72 percent of the population in the Project area is below the poverty line of $150 per capita. Human development status is also low due to lack of education and health care services. The previous development projects implemented in Malakand and Government service delivery have reached only a small proportion of the rural population, especially in the remote mountainous areas. Beneficiary consultations in the area indicate that the rural poor request a better road network, irrigation improvement, improved access to agricultural inputs, agricultural extension advice and credit, access to improved livestock breeds and veterinary services, better health care and education, and potable water supply. The Project is designed to meet these beneficiary needs, and policy dialogue conducted with the Government of NWFP focused on institutional innovations to create a rural support organization to sustain institutional support to the village organizations beyond the Project implementation period.

Safeguard Categories

Environment: B
Involuntary Resettlement:
Indigenous Peoples:

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Project Data Sheets (PDS)


17 Sep 1997 to 09 Oct 1997

Management Review Meeting
26 Nov 1997

Board Approval
18 Mar 1999