Priority area: Governance

Duration: since 2005

As a result of its outdated administrative structures and alternation between elected civilian governments and military rule in Pakistan in the past, resilience is an important issue. The level of gender equality is also unsatisfactory, with women in Pakistan continually facing social, economic and legal discrimination.

In recent years the Pakistani Government has introduced reforms to strengthen democratic structures, the focus being on administrative and tax reforms. The reform process also encompasses the empowerment of women in Pakistani society and the reduction of discrimination and violence against women. Germany is committed to supporting Pakistan in the implementation of these reforms. A wide-ranging programme of tax reforms at national level, to establish administrative structures in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and to combat violence against women in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was launched in 2010.

Germany's existing engagement in the priority area of governance is oriented toward the opportunities and challenges presented by decentralisation, and will focus more on the sub-national level, including the strengthening of civil society actors at the local level. Support for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) will be delivered within the priority areas in an integrated approach, in order to strengthen the sustainability and effectiveness of German support.

German development cooperation will focus on four pillars: 1) Local governance and services, 2) Sub-national finance, 3) Political participation and 4) Refugees and internally displaced persons.

The goal of Germany's development cooperation with Pakistan in the priority area of governance is: Service delivery by the sub-national state structures of Pakistan, and political participation by the population, are improved.

Results achieved so far – examples:

  • The Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas (RAHA) programme has a stabilising influence in the crisis-ridden province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. An estimated 2.2 million people benefit from the measures in the programme, which include the construction of schools and hospitals and improvements to the local micro-infrastructure.
  • Germany successfully supports the Federal Bureau of Statistics (FBS) in developing its institution and improving its business statistics.
  • All 34 public and private women's refuges in Punjab are now able to provide medical care and legal advisory services with support from German development cooperation.


Rescue Training for Civil Defense Masters Trainers in Peshawar, May 2008