The United States Announces Humanitarian and Post-Conflict Assistance
Office of the Spokesman
July 19, 2010
After the bilateral Strategic Dialogue meeting in Islamabad today, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced $120 million for four programs to assist Pakistanis affected by conflict to re-establish their lives in their home areas. The United States is the leading foreign donor for displaced Pakistanis and the additional humanitarian assistance announced today further demonstrates continuing U.S. support and commitment to the people of Pakistan.
Malakand Housing – An estimated 23,000 housing units have been damaged or destroyed by fighting in the Federally Administered Tribal Area and Khyber-Paktunkhwa. The U.S. will provide $65 million to the Government of Pakistan’s cash transfer program to assist families whose homes have been fully or partially damaged.
Multi-Donor Trust Fund for the Northwest Border Region – To support local and provincial government reconstruction efforts in FATA, Khyber-Paktunkhwa, and conflict-affected parts of Balochistan, the U.S. will provide $25 million to the World Bank-administered Multi-Donor Trust Fund for the Northwest Border Region. The Fund was created following the Friends of Democratic Pakistan Summit last September. The U.S. contribution brings the total pledges or contributions to $130 million from nine countries.
World Food Programme (WFP) – To provide food rations for 75,000 newly displaced families or about 450,000 individual beneficiaries between August and December 2010, the U.S. will provide $20 million in additional funding to the WFP, bringing total U.S. contributions to WFP-Pakistan to just under $100 million this year.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) – To assist the UNHCR in providing emergency shelter and non-food items, camp coordination, management and protection activities, the U.S. will provide $10 million. These supplies will help support the 1.4 million Pakistanis who remain displaced due to the on-going conflict, host families who have supported displaced Pakistanis during the course of the conflict, and the 1.95 million Pakistanis who have returned home. The new U.S. support for UNHCR will provide non-food items including tents for some 10,000 families. This new contribution will bring total U.S. support for UNHCR in Pakistan to $35 million this year.
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