“USAID in Pakistan: Strengthening Our Partnership, Continuing Our Progress” – Official Report launched

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has released a report titled: “USAID in Pakistan: Strengthening Our Partnership, Continuing Our Progress,” on July 31 in Washington which details USAID spending and accomplishments in five key sectors: energy, economic growth, stabilization, health and education.

USAID_PAKISTAN_Report-2013-1_300The report claimed enhanced partnership between Pakistan and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) since 2009 has enabled Pakistan to reach a number of development milestones.

“Together, we are boosting the energy sector, building roads, educating children, engaging citizens, increasing incomes and empowering women,” USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah writes in the introduction to the report. “These efforts are helping Pakistanis realize their potential and helping strengthen this strategically important nation against extremist interests.”

Accomplishments since 2009 include:

• 1,000 megawatts of capacity added to Pakistan’s power grid — enough to supply electricity to nearly 16 million people.
• More than 12,000 scholarships provided to university-bound students.
• More than 6,500 lives saved through maternal and child health programs.
• More than 600 kilometers of roads built.
• Thousands of farmers linked to markets.

Since 2009, the United States has provided more than $3.3 billion in civilian assistance to Pakistan, including about $1 billion in humanitarian response to conflict and floods, according to USAID. The infusion of new resources was made possible by the historic Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act of 2009, which launched a new era of development cooperation with Pakistan.

Local ownership, sustainability and mutual accountability are key components to success, according to USAID.

By applying these principles, “we are ensuring that our assistance achieves lasting and sustainable results,” the report says, noting that in Pakistan “more than half of USAID-funded programs are implemented directly by Pakistani government institutions or Pakistani private sector organizations — more than any other USAID mission in the world.”

The report also describes innovative programs such as the recently launched Pakistan Private Investment Initiative, in which USAID leveraged the investment expertise of private equity firms and seeded two Pakistan-focused private equity funds. Other public-private partnerships in Pakistan with Nestlé S.A. and PepsiCo Inc. link small farmers with large agribusinesses.

The Full report can be downloaded from here: http://www.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/documents/1871/USAID_PAKISTAN_Report%202013.pdf

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