A UN Mission including UNDP, EU, UNICEF, FAO, DFID, DEVCO and SDC was in South Waziristan Agency, yesterday. The mission was on a visit to various schemes supported with funds from their agencies. The visit included two sites, where SRSP as an implementing partner had conducted interventions. This included food distribution point under the WFP funded project where the delegation was briefed regarding the mechanism of the project. The mission visited Government Middle School Fateh Sher Kot Ghurlama, where SRSP had rehabilitated school infrastructure under UNDP funded FATA Recovery Programme. Community Members presented their work to the mission. The mission acknowledged SRSP’s efforts in the development of the area.
The representatives of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government and UNDP stressed the need for adopting innovative ways to address the issues of unemployment and lack of livelihood opportunities in the merged districts. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister of Finance and Planning Taimur Jhagra and resident representative of UNDP Ignacio Artaza were speaking at a ceremony to inaugurate vocational training for 500 youth from the merged districts of Khyber, North and South Waziristan. The train ing is being organized at the Human Resource Centre of the Sarhad Rural Support Programme (SRSP) in Hayatabad. The six-month training is being funded by the USAID through UNDP in a project being implemented by the SRSP in the three districts. The youth are being imparted training in different trades including solar panel, auto mechanic, motorcycle, refrigeration and air-condition repairing. The trainings are certified by the City and Guild London.