Where Do we work?
The border areas of Afghanistan-Pakistan and Afghanistan-Tajikistan are largely underdeveloped, isolated and insecure. The challenging topographical and climatic conditions, combined with an inadequate infrastructure, mean that ethnic groups living on both sides of the border are isolated and vulnerable. Agricultural productivity is poor and there are few otherways of making a living. Combined with difficult access to markets and social services this restricts the scope for developing the region.
Reviving historical links
The work of the PATRIP Foundation focuses on border regions where links between communities on both sides are very close. These include Northern Afghanistan, Northern Pakistan, and Southern Tajikistan all three of which share common natural resources, cultures, and languages. The communities are connected historically through trade and cultural exchange with Central Asia, India, China, Russia, and the Middle East.
Actively coping with harsh conditions
Despite its historical potential, the region is characterized by harsh living conditions. Economic opportunities and access to basic infrastructure like schools, health facilities and sanitation are hindered by high, roadless mountain passes, and regular natural disasters such as flooding and avalanches. Existing roads and bridges are usually in a poor condition and rarely allow the passage of full-sized vehicles. The lack of opportunities contributes to political instability and leaves local communities prone to radical and criminal influences.
Strengthening economic potential and development
Today, there is considerable potential for reinvigorating the existing historical links and with them the region's economic development. Cross-border trade already accounts for $8.5 billion of commerce in Central Asia each year, mostly through small-scale exchange of agricultural and consumer goods.
Fostering regional stabilization
As a result of the challenging conditions, the Northern provinces of Afghanistan display some of the lowest human development indicators in the world - but at the same time they are strategically important areas linking Afghanistan with the Eastern parts of Asia.
The Northern and Western provinces, though more stable than many of those in Southern Afghanistan, remain a fragile sub-region. PATRIP Foundation projects are therefore focusing on expanding opportunities for economic and social development in the border regions, bridging political divides and enhancing cross-border cooperation in a bid to promote stabilization in the region.
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