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Pakistan Approves $3 Billion Worth of Projects to Aid Flood-Affected Regions

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The government has given the green light to 21 projects, totaling $3 billion, aimed at helping areas in Pakistan that were hit hard by floods. These projects are part of the Resilient, Recovery, Rehabilitation, and Reconstruction (4RF) framework initiated by the Ministry of Planning Development & Special Initiatives. They come as a response to the devastating floods and rains that caused significant damage in Pakistan last year, particularly in Balochistan and Sindh, impacting around 33 million people and leading to economic losses of about $30 billion.

To address the aftermath of this disaster, the government developed the 4RF framework, which called for better coordination and cooperation among various stakeholders, including federal and provincial governments, development partners, international and national NGOs, and academic and private sectors.

In January this year, international donors pledged to provide $10 billion during the International Conference on “Climate Resilient Pakistan,” which was jointly hosted by Pakistan and the UN in Geneva.

Efforts to put the 4RF framework into action have led to the approval of 21 development projects by the CDWP (Central Development Working Party). These projects cover a wide range of areas, including flood assistance, clean energy access, disaster risk reduction, resilience enhancement, and livelihood support, among others. They are being carried out in various provinces, funded by organizations like the World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB), and Islamic Development Bank.

Sindh and Balochistan, the most affected provinces in the 2022 floods, are among those receiving assistance through these projects. A Federal Steering Committee (FSC) has been established to oversee the projects’ implementation, and a real-time monitoring dashboard for the 4RF is set to become operational soon to keep the public and development partners informed about the progress of these initiatives.

Pakistan has been grappling with the adverse effects of climate change, which range from devastating floods to prolonged droughts, heat waves, and melting glaciers. Despite being responsible for less than one percent of global carbon emissions, Pakistan is highly vulnerable to climate-related disasters. The country highlighted this vulnerability during the COP27 summit in Egypt.

The World Bank has recognized Pakistan’s efforts in getting these projects approved and has pledged continued support in the future.

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