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Federally Administered Tribal Areas Rural Development Project

sector: Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Rural Development | country: Pakistan

The project was a success primarily because of its design, which accounted for actual conditions in the project area, applied lessons from previous interventions, and incorporated and adopted efficient and sustainable delivery mechanisms. The involvement of beneficiaries in the project through effective social mobilization was critical to its success. Training, awareness raising, and capacity building of beneficiaries was also instrumental in ensuring that the subprojects were owned and operated by the communities and were sustainable.

Appointing qualified staff and retaining them for the duration of the project avoided delays in implementation.

The active support of the borrower and the executing agency, through timely provision of counterpart funds, steering committee meetings convened for timely decisions and approvals, and consistent monitoring and supervision, helped ensure smooth and timely implementation.

ADB’s proactive participation in implementation, supervision, and monitoring, and its flexibility in addressing actual conditions in the project area and providing essential support to the federally administered tribal areas (FATA) Secretariat in a timely manner was also a central factor for the success of the project.

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