Improving education and health services for refugees and host communities in Pakistan

Project description

Title: Strengthening Education and Health Services for Refugees and Host Communities (EHS)
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Pakistan
Lead executing agency: Ministry of States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON)
Overall term: 2020 to 2023

Focus group discussions (FGD) in Nowshera KP to assess the needs of vulnerable groups in the Afghani and host communities


For more than four decades, Pakistan has been hosting one of the largest Afghani refugee populations in the world. The majority of refugees reside in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). The public structures can provide only limited access to quality services in the health and education sector for vulnerable Afghan refugees and members of host communities. This is especially true for women, children, youth, and people with disabilities. The traditional social norms in both the Pakistani and Afghan communities also limit the social and economic participation of women and girls.


In Pakistan’s refugee hosting areas access to public services in health and education is improved.


The project focuses on improving access to education and health services. This can be achieved through better governance in education and health and by improving co-operation between the Commissionerate for Afghan Refugees (CAR) and subnational government structures. In line with the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and its Leave No One Behind (LNOB) principle, the project places particular emphasis on assisting vulnerable groups.



  • Participatory planning processes to create district education plans
  • Improving the work of education officials and parent-teacher councils
  • Campaigns to reduce school drop-out rates


  • Participatory planning processes to create district health plans
  • Providing training to health officials and professionals
  • Campaigns on mother-child health and hygiene education

Linking subnational government structures

  • Improving the support services provided by the Commissionerate for Afghan Refugees’ (CAR) to refugees living in urban and semi-urban areas
  • Consolidating the cooperation between CAR and subnational government structures
  • Supporting women’s networks and forums with vulnerable groups