Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

At a Glance

In the recent past, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) was the province in which the EU focused most of its development assistance in the aftermath of the insurgency by militants in KP. EU assistance was and still is important in the sectors of Education as well as of Rule of Law.

However, the bulk of the intervention has focused on Rural Development and Local Government, working hand in hand with the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to facilitate the development and implementation of a ground-breaking Community-Driven Local Development policy.

Since November 2016 the EU also provides assistance to the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Sectors in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Total EUR 184,738,559
Implementers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Total EUR 184,738,559
EU Funding in Pakistan
EUR 184,738,559 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
EUR 660,598,654 in Pakistan
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pakistan
POPULATION (est. millions) 27 196.2
SIZE (km²) 74,521 882,363
% of children under 5 yrs stunted (2011) 48% 44%
Net Enrolment Rate 2014-15 (%) 56% 57%
Coordination with Government In addition to very regular meetings at the technical level for each project, the EU and the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa organise twice yearly "portfolio reviews" to allow in-depth exchanges on the EU portfolio of projects in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. This ensures government oversight and leadership of these projects, facilitates their implementation, and ensures the development of synergies between these and government policies and activities.
Sectors of Intervention
Education Provincial

  • Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Education Sector Plan Support Programme – EUR 40 million.  The aim is to provide budget support and Technical Assistance to the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for the implementation of its Education Sector Programme.
TVET Provincial

  • Supporting TVET sector for the socio-economic uplift of rural marginalized communities in Pakistan-  EUR 3.5 million. To improve the involvement of the private sector in technical and vocational training in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA by promoting demand and making the supply of courses more demand oriented.


  • Implement the Capacity Building Component of TVET I – EUR 3.9. The aim is to enhance socio-economic development through investment in human capital. The purpose of this component is to strengthen planning, coordination and implementation capacity of Technical Education and Vocational Training Authorities (TEVTAs) and other stakeholders at the provincial level
  • Supporting Technical and Vocational Education and Training Reform in Pakistan Programme – EUR 25.4 million. The aim is to increase the access, equity, relevance and quality of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training sector.
  • TVET III – EUR 43.5 million. The aim is to improve governance and private sector participation in the TVET sector to enhance and develop access to quality skills that meet the demands of the labour market.
Rural Development Provincial

  • District Governance & Community Development (DGCD) Programme –EUR 80 million. Sector Budget Support to Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for its Community Driven Development Programme, also providing technical assistance and community mobilisation.
  • Programme for Economic Advancement and Community Empowerment (PEACE) – EUR 40 million. To revitalize the rural economy and promote renewable energy to enhance social cohesion for sustainable livelihoods in Malakand Division.
  • Citizen Engagement for Responsive & Accountable Governance (CERAG) – EUR 1.5 million. To increase capacities and engagement of Civil Society Organisations and Local Authorities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to strengthen local governments and increase citizen participation in governance, public finance decisions and accountability.
  • Democratic Local Governance for Development in Pakistan in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh – EUR 1 million. To develop good governance coalitions / partnerships, enable civil society-district NGOs and Media to advocate for transparent and accountable local governance, and support Local Authorities to fulfil their mandates for inclusive and transparent budgeting and planning processes.
  • Enabled environment for right-based, inclusive development and improved governance in Swat and Shangla – EUR 1.5 million. To enhance the contribution of CSOs to local governance, accountability, social development processes at sub national and local level, as well as to improve performance of local governments as actor of local governance and development.
  • Effective Citizenship and Responsive Governance EUR 1.1 million. To increase the space of local governments to perform an effective role in local governance and development as well as assisting citizen-led rights-based CSOs in contributing to local governance processes and oversight at sub-national and local level for citizen rights and social cohesion.


  • Strengthening the Associations of Local Governments and their Members for Enhanced Governance and Effective Development Outcomes in Pakistan – EUR 1.5 million. The aim is to strengthen the institutional and operational capacity of the national and provincial Associations of Local Authorities and improve the capacity of local governments to effectively perform their role.
  • Strengthen Pakistan Civil Society Coalition for Climate Change (CSCCC) – EUR 0.35 million. The aim is to establish a Pakistan Civil Society Coalition for Climate Change (PCSCCC) with the intent of bringing all stakeholders on one platform to discuss and debate the multi-sector and multi-dimensional challenges posed by Climate Change (CC) and work towards an “Agenda of Solutions” that is realistic and achievable.
Democratization Provincial

  • Multi-Donor Trust Fund II – EUR 9.8 million. The aim is to improve governance and service delivery to strengthen the relationship and trust between citizens and authorities in Balochistan, FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.


  • Improving Parliamentary performance – EUR 5.8 million. The aim is to support the efforts of Pakistan's Parliament to improve the three main strands of its parliamentary function - law making, oversight and representation.
  • Support to Democratic Institutions and Promotion of Human Rights in Pakistan – EUR 8.5 million. The aim is to support the functioning of provincial assemblies.
  • Support to Elections – EUR 14.3 million. The aim is to build the capacities of the Electoral Commission of Pakistan and support the domestic observation of the elections.
  • Support to parliament EUR 15 million. The aim is to facilitate parliamentary development at federal and provincial levels.
Human Rights Provincial

  • Strengthening community based measures to curb violence against women and girls (VAWG) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh – EUR 0.28 million. The aim is to contribute to enhanced social and collective action in local communities to detect, prevent and respond to VAWG, specifically domestic violence and forced marriage.
  • Addressing Violence Against Women and Girls In Pakistan By Promoting Women and Girls Empowerment –EUR 0.28 million. The aim is to promote structured measures at local and national level to detect, prevent and/or respond to acid and burn violence and to rehabilitate women and girls survivors of acid and burn violence.
  • Politically Empowered Human Rights Leadership for Women – EUR 0.54 million. The aim is to increase women's leadership and participation in public and political processes in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh.


  • Preserving equal citizenship in Pakistan – EUR 0.54 million. The aim is to encourage the formulation and adoption of strategy on religious tolerance and its large-scale acceptance among youth in Pakistan.
  • Promotion of Human Rights in Pakistan – EUR 9.6 million. The aim is to build the capacities of line ministries and independent Human Rights commissions as well as awareness raising.
Peace Building National

  • Strengthening Resilience to Violence and Extremism (STRIVE) in Pakistan –EUR 5 million. The aim is to strengthen the Governments of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab to implement and monitor programmes that have a demonstrable impact in strengthening resilience against extremism and violence.


  • Building sustainable peace through developing an internal community mechanism – EUR 0.5 million.
  • The aim is to build sustainable peace by strengthening the capacity of women and youth to prevent and transform conflicts through Internal Community Mechanisms and advocating for the inclusion of women in security, peace and post conflict planning and policies
  • Conflict transformation and youth-led peace building through cultural heritage and the arts – EUR 0.5 million. The aim is to contribute to sustainable peace in Pakistan through engagement and trust-building exercises with local communities (especially youth), civil society and local authorities.
  • Engaging diverse religious leaders to promote culture of tolerance, reconciliation and peace – EUR 0.5 million. The aim is to trigger and nurture a process of social change for peace, reconciliation and dialogue between religious communities in Pakistan to build a culture of tolerance and coexistence.
Private Sector Development National

  • International Labour and Environment Standards Application in Pakistan (ILES) – EUR 12 million. The aim is to promote sustainable and inclusive growth in Pakistan by supporting the economic integration of Pakistan into the global and regional economy by improving compliance with labour and environmental standards and increased competitiveness.
Public Financial Management National

  • Public Financial Management Support Programme for Pakistan (PFM-SPP) in Balochistan, Sindh and at the federal level – EUR 15 million. The aim is to improve public financial administration and enhance the effectiveness and efficiency in the utilization of government budget resources in order to deliver better public services and to reduce the impact of poverty and social inequality.
Rule of Law Provincial

  • Citizens Justice and Peace Programme in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – EUR 14 million. The aim is to strengthen Khyber Pakhtunkhwa security governance and organisational structure by supporting the Home and Police Departments in their management and policy reform processes as well as to improve the trust between Khyber Pakhtunkhwa law enforcement agencies and citizens.
  • Support to Pakistan's Action to Counter Terrorism (PACT), with special reference to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa –EUR 7 million. The aim is to strengthen the capacities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa counter terrorism and criminal justice institutions and improve cooperation and coordination between the federal and provincial levels.
Future Intervention Rule of Law

  • Possible extension of the Rule of Law project with a focus on Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
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