Gilgit- Baltistan

At a Glance

The assistance provided by the EU to Gilgit-Baltistan focuses on private sector development as well as on rural development and local governance.
This assistance is currently implemented through the Rural Support Programme organisations.

Gilgit-Baltistan Pakistan
POPULATION (est. millions) 1.4 196.2
SIZE (km²) 72,971 882,363
% of children under 5 yrs stunted (2011) 51% 44%
Sectors in Gilgit-Baltistan
Total EUR 2,693,559
Implementers in Gilgit-Baltistan Total EUR 2,693,559 EU Funding in Pakistan
EUR 2,693,559 in Gilgit-Baltistan
EUR 609,859,736 in Pakistan

Coordination with Government Coordination with the Government of Gilgit-Baltistan mostly takes place at the project and technical levels to ensure close synergies and coordination, in addition to guarantee government ownership.
Sectors of Intervention
TVET National

  • 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

  • Deepening Participatory Governance in Gilgit-Baltistan – EUR 0.8 million. The aim is to reduce the negative impacts of poverty through active and effective participation of communities in development activities in Gilgit-Baltistan.


  • 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 National

  • 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.
Human Rights National

  • 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.
Private Sector Development Provincial

  • Gilgit-Baltistan, The Jewel of Pakistan: Developing a sustainable value chain for Gems and Jewellery sector in Northern Pakistan – EUR 1.9 million. The aim is to develop a sustainable value chain in the gems and jewellery sector in Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral


  • 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.
Future Intervention None planned for the time-being

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It contributes to poverty reduction, political stability, and social and economic development, promoting a more prosperous Pakistan for everyone's benefit.
Together with the bilateral funds provided by its member countries, the EU is the largest grant donor to Pakistan.

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