At a Glance

In the recent past, EU interventions in Sindh focused on technical and vocational training and on education. However, since 2014, the EU is also supporting interventions under the Rural Development focal sector of the EU 2014-2020 multi-annual indicative programme. As a consequence, the EU is financing SUCCESS a programme focusing on community mobilisation and rural development in eight 8 districts (in parallel to a similar project funded and implemented by the Government of Sindh).

Sindh is the province where the EU is the most active in the nutrition sector, both through humanitarian assistance since the 2010 floods, as well as through a multi-sectoral approach to tackle the root causes of malnutrition. The objective is to ensure a long-term impact on poverty in selected rural districts, in line with the recent "Accelerated Action Plan against Stunting".
Since November 2016 the EU also provides assistance to the Provincial Assembly of Sindh.

Long-term technical assistance is provided to the Government in the fields of Education and Public Financial Management.

Sectors in Sindh
Total EUR 156,402,908
Implementers in Sindh
Total EUR 156,402,908
EU Funding in Pakistan
EUR 150,402,908 in Sindh
EUR 660,598,654 in Pakistan
Sindh Pakistan
POPULATION (est. millions) 55.2 196.2
SIZE (km²) 140,914 882,363
% of children under 5 yrs stunted (2011) 50% 44%
Net Enrolment Rate 2014-15 (%) 51% 57%
Coordination with Government In addition to very regular meetings at the technical level for each project, the EU and the Government of Sindh organise twice yearly "portfolio reviews" to allow for in-depth exchanges on the EU portfolio of projects in Sindh.
This ensures government oversight and leadership of these projects, facilitates their implementation, and ensure the development of synergies between these EU-supported projects and government policies and activities.
Sectors of Intervention
Education Provincial

  • Sindh Education Sector Support Programme – EUR 86 million (2012-2017 provides EUR 36 million and the proposed new programme is for EUR 50 million). The aim is to provide budget support to the Government of Sindh to facilitate the implementation of its Education Sector Programme. Technical assistance is also provided.
TVET National

  • Implement the Capacity Building Component of TVET I – EUR 3.9 million. 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

  • Sindh Union Council and Community Economic Strengthening Support (SUCCESS) – EUR 77.5 million. The aim is to improve the living conditions of rural communities in 8 districts of Sindh by empowering them, through social mobilization and capacity development.
  • Improved Land Tenancy in Sindh – EUR 4 million. The aim is to improve and formalise land tenancy, while restoring and protecting rural livelihoods, especially for women and vulnerable groups by adhering to and promoting the principles of VGGT.
  • Democratic Local Governance for Development in Pakistan in Balochistan, KP and Sindh – EUR 1 million. The aim is 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.
  • Strengthening Civil Society Organisations and Local Authorities in Sindh – EUR 1 million. The aim is to enhance the capacity of elected Local Government Representatives, CSOs and empower citizens to engage in local annual planning cycle and implement participative local development processes for improved gender responsive public service delivery.
  • Effective Citizenship and Responsive Governance – EUR 1.1 million. The aim is 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 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.
Nutrition Provincial

  • Women and Children/Infant Improved Nutrition in Sindh (WINS) – EUR 30 million. The aim is to strengthen the capacity of public entities to address the high rates of malnutrition in four districts of Sindh.
  • Programme for Improved Nutrition in Sindh (PINS) – EUR 60 million. The aim is to enhance the capacity of the Government of Sindh to efficiently implement its multisectoral nutrition policy while also providing direct assistance to significantly and rapidly reduce malnutrition in rural Sindh.
  • INFORMED – EUR 1 million. The aim is to strengthen the capacities and processes of the authorities to collect, process and analyse in an integrated and coherent way data related to food security and nutrition.
Democratization National

  • 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 the parliament – EUR 15 million. The aim is to facilitate parliamentary development at federal and provincial levels.
Human Rights Provincial

  • Performance Art to End Violence Against Women – EUR 0.26 million. The aim is to reduce violence against women through local theatre programmes and media productions, and to provide therapy and rehabilitative services.
  • Strengthening community based measures to curb violence against women and girls (VAWG) in KP 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.
  • 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, KP, 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 KP and Punjab to implement and monitor programmes that have a demonstrable impact in strengthening resilience against extremism and violence.
Private Sector Development Provincial

  • Pakistan Leather Competitiveness Improvement Programme (PLCIP) – EUR 2 million. The aim is to provide greater access to and consumption of demand driven Business Development Services by Leather Product SMEs, thereby contributing substantially to the competitiveness of the Pakistani leather sector and improving the international market access of Pakistani leather products.
  • High pressure cogeneration for sugar sector in Pakistan – EUR 1.7 million. The aim is to promote sustainable production of energy through replacement of existing low-pressure boilers with high pressure co-generation technology.


  • 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 Provincial and 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.
Future Intervention Education

  • New phase of budget support – EUR 40 million. To reinforce current support provided to the Government of Sindh in the sector of Education Reform (start end 2017).

Rural development and private sector development

  • Growth for Rural Advancement and Sustainable Progress (GRASP) in Balochistan and Sindh – EUR 50 million. To contribute to the reduction of poverty and gender inequality through developing sustainable economic growth in rural areas of Pakistan (start early 2018).
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