J.E. Austin Associates, Inc.

Assisting Business & Government since 1986

FATA Livelihoods Development

Pakistan Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) Development Program-Livelihoods Development (FDP-LD)
USAID

In partnership with the Cooperative Housing Foundation (CHF), JAA was contracted to improve livelihoods as part of the FATA Development Program-Livelihoods Development (FDP-LD) with the broader goal of advancing stability in the region.  JAA leads the component responsible for micro, small, and medium-sized enterprise development and was specifically tasked with 1) identifying and developing immediate business opportunities, 2) building lasting institutions for business development in Southern FATA, and 3) reviving or creating market linkages that would support more productive jobs.

A key element of JAA’s work has been in value chain development in one of the world’s most challenging areas, Lower FATA.  Working closely with the FATA Development Authority, the Pakistan SME Development Agency, and two additional Government of Pakistan Agencies, JAA has undertaken value chain development activities in the gems and marble sectors.  Specific initiatives have included in-kind grants and gemology training on sorting, grading, valuation, and identification of gemstones; a Center of Excellence for Gems and Jewelry in Peshawar; a marble machinery pool that will provide access to machinery for the marble industry; a model quarry training/apprenticeship in Khuzdar; and matching grants to support the installation of solar kilns.  JAA also recently established a $600,000 Gems and Jewelry Center of Excellence in FATA in cooperation with the NWFP University of Engineering and Technology.

JAA’s activities in value chain development, which are expected to provide long-range, sustainable benefits to the population of FATA, provide an important complement to JAA’s grant-based agricultural livelihoods interventions, which are designed to show immediate, tangible results.

As of January of 2010, JAA has distributed nearly 275 grants to honey and dairy producers, provided training to over 1,000 households in Artificial Insemination, and strengthened over 100 enterprises in the gems and marble sectors.