Citzens Actions for Peace & Development (CAPD)

Project completed

There is a need to contribute to the stabilization of the region through conflict-resolution processes, capacitating public institutions to deliver better services and strengthening civil society organizations (CSOs) to advocate for reforms. The CAPD will work with communities to make them aware of their rights and responsibilities as citizens and enhance their dialogue with authorities to improve State performance. It will also focus on conflict-resolution mechanisms and engage communities and traditional governance structures to work towards non-violent conflict resolution.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Conflict & fragility
Conflict prevention and transformation
Conflict prevention
01.08.2012 - 31.10.2015
CHF  3’000’000

The Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and the Provincially Administered Tribal Areas (PATA) are lagging far behind in terms of development indicators. With populations of circa 3 and 8 million respectively, they have fewer opportunities to participate in social and economic development compared to other parts of Pakistan. 97% of females and 72% of males are illiterate in FATA, and most lack access to basic public services. The gap between State and citizens affects the efficient delivery of public services. While decades-long conflicts affect local populations negatively, the constitutional status of FATA/PATA challenges the rule of law, which paves the ground to extremists


Enhance democratic, gender-sensitive, responsive governance and support durable peace in FATA and PATA.

Target groups

Poor & marginalized communities (particularly youth, women, peasant workers, maliks, government officials, journalists, IDPs & civil society activists).

Medium-term outcomes

(1) Citizens (especially women, religious minorities and other marginalized groups) have better access to basic services (education, water, health) and economic opportunities through their effective dialogue with GLAs. (2) Communities contribute to non-violent conflict resolution at local level through self-initiatives (platforms, networks, committees). (3) FATA Secretariat and KPK Government (including their GLAs) developed and implemented institutional reforms and development plans to enhance public service delivery at local level (quality & quantity).


Results from previous phases:  

The South Asia Partnership Pakistan (SAP-PK), through its “Strengthening Democratic Governance Programme” (SDGP) has enabled farming communities to deal with their immediate problems through organized and institutionalized actions. The communities have gained better voice to influence the policies and decisions of local governments. SDGP linked the rural poor with government line agencies (GLAs), the market, and CSOs. Such linkages are now helping them in the form of better planning and policy making at local level. SDGP was also extended to FATA, providing SAP-PK with an entry point (through tribal networks and communities) in this conflict-hit region.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    3’000’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    2’862’714
Project phases Phase 2 01.10.2015 - 31.08.2017   (Completed)

Phase 1 01.08.2012 - 31.10.2015   (Completed)