The aim of the Refugee and Hosting Areas Programme (RAHA) is to promote regional stability and compensate for the social, economic and environmental consequences wrought on Pakistani communities by the presence of more than 3 million Afghans over the past 30 years. For the 1.7 million registered Afghans remaining in Pakistan after the large-scale repatriation since 2002, the programme will promote peaceful co-existence with local communities until conditions in Afghanistan are conducive for their return.
The overall objective of the RAHA programme is to improve livelihood, rehabilitate the environment and enhance social cohesion within communities of refugee-affected and hosting areas. Public services will be improved and policies made more effective by strengthening the capacities of the government, community institutions and vulnerable groups. The UN One Programme crosscutting issues relating to human rights, gender equality, civil society engagement and refugees will be addressed. Peaceful co-existence between the communities will safeguard a more predictable stay for Afghans until they can return to Afghanistan.
Joint Programme Component Outcomes:
- Outcome 1:
- Greater social cohesion through community development
- Outcome 2:
- Improved livelihoods and local economies
- Outcome 3:
- Restoration of social services and infrastructure
- Outcome 4:
- Improved social protection for co-existing Pakistani and Afghan communities
- Outcome 5:
- Restoration and improvement of the environment
RAHA Unit Commissionerate Afghan Refugees, KP
The RAHA Unit deals with the Refugee Hosting Areas (RHA) component of the RAHA Development Initiative. The Unit maintains a close liaison with CCAR, Islamabad, Government Line Departments; Local and Afghan Communities; Local, National and International NGOs; and donors UNHCR, KFW, GTZ, and BPRM.
The RAHA Programme is monitored and evaluated by the Unit’s technical staff. The RAHA Unit also enhances; on the job skills of its own team members and that of the representatives from the government line departments and implementing partners, inclusive of civil society organizations. The RAHA Unit conducts meetings of the PTF, implementing partners, community representatives and government line agencies; on a regular basis. The Unit also conducts monthly review meetings and undertakes visits to the project areas in order to assess the financial and physical progress of projects. In addition, the Unit facilitates the executing agencies in problem shooting and course correction.
Organogram of RAHA: