Pakistan: DRC/ICMC, Provision of WASH Services to Afghan Refugees in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Projekt abgeschlossen

Access to clean drinking water and a proper sanitation environment for Afghan refugees, especially women and children, is difficult in refugee camps in Pakistan. The project contributes to the reduction of water borne diseases and thus the improvement of living conditions in the selected camps in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The project foresees improvement and construction of WASH infrastructure, the support of the Afghan refugees with its management and the link to local authorities for the sustainability of the project.

Land/Region Thema Periode Budget
Trinkwasser und Siedlungshygiene (WASH) (bis 2016)
Zwangsvertreibung (Flüchtlinge, Binnenvertriebene, Menschenhandel)
01.11.2015 - 31.03.2019
CHF 900'000

Pakistan hosts 1.5 million registered Afghan Refugees living in camps and with host communities (plus over one million that are unregistered). Lack of access to safe drinking water, basic sanitation and poor hygiene practices remain among the most significant obstacles preventing them from living a healthier life. In the refugee camps there is a huge need for access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities. The need for new water pumps or rehabilitation of existing water pumps is manifest in most of these refugee villages as few infrastructural improvements related to WASH have been carried out in recent years. The issue is significant as contaminated water is a main driver of diarrheal and other water borne diseases, while poor sanitation and prevailing poor hygiene practices compound the adverse health effects and spread of such diseases.


To reduce water borne diseases and improve the living conditions of Afghan refugees residing in the selected camps in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa through community led water and sanitation service delivery and hygiene education.


The total beneficiaries are around 60'000 Afghan refugees.

  • PA-1: Approx. 37'000 Afghan refugees living in Baghicha (Mardan), Barakai (Sawabi), Ghulam Banda, Jarma, Ghamkol (Kohat) and Kheshgi (Nowshera) camps/villages.
  • PA-2: Approx. 23'000 Afghan refugees living in Munda camp/village (Charsadda).
Mittelfristige Wirkungen

Outcome 1: Afghan refugees improve the management of WASH services in the selected refugee Camps of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa through establishment/ strengthening of WASH Committees.

Outcome 2: The relevant Government Line Agencies utilize their enhanced awareness/capacity to extend their technical support to Afghan refugees in the management of community-led water and sanitation services in refugees camps.

This will be achieved under two Partial Actions:

  • PA-1: The Afghan refugee camps in the Districts Kohat, Mardan, Nowshera and Sawabi (by DRC).
  • PA-2: The Afghan refugee camp in the District Charsadda (by ICMC).

Erwartete Resultate:  

  • 1.1. WASH committees are established/strengthened, their awareness of better hygienic practices and capacity to manage WASH services are enhanced.
  • 1.2. Well-functioning water supply is in place and adequate sanitation services are available in the selected refugee camps.
  • 2.1. The Commissionerate Afghan Refugees and relevant government agencies including Public Health Engineering Department and Tehsil Municipal Administration have enhanced awareness/capacity to extend their technical support to Afghan refugees in camps.

Verantwortliche Direktion/Bundesamt DEZA
Kreditbereich Humanitäre Hilfe
Projektpartner Vertragspartner
Internationale oder ausländische NGO
  • Andere internationale oder ausländische NGO Norden

Andere Partner
  • UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)
  • l/NGOs and other relevant stakeholders
Koordination mit anderen Projekten und Akteuren
  • CAR (Commissionerate for Afghan Refugees) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
  • UNHCR's RAHA Program (Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas)
  • PHED (Public Health and Engineering Department)
  • TMA (Tehsil Municipal Administration)
  • SDC W4L project (Imp. by IC)
  • PHF (Pakistan Humanitarian Forum)
Budget Laufende Phase Schweizer Beitrag CHF   900'000 Bereits ausgegebenes Schweizer Budget CHF   833'602 Projekttotal seit Anfangsphase Budget inklusive Projektpartner CHF  900'000

Phase 1 01.11.2015 - 31.03.2019   (Completed)