Community Based Livelihood Recovery Programme (CBLRP)

The Community Based Livelihood Recovery Programme (CBLRP) is a European Union (EU) funded project that aims to support immediate and mid-term livelihood recovery of the vulnerable populations in the earthquake affected areas in North West Frontier Province (NWFP) and Azad Jammu & Kashmir. The CBLRP key areas of interventions identified are: improving agricultural production, rehabilitating critical minor infrastructure, enterprise development, vocational skill training, identifying investment opportunities and preventing environmental degradation. The CBLRP geographic focus is on the remote rural areas of Balakot and Muzaffarabad tehsils.

Implementing partners of the CBLRP project

CBLRP is implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO), Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

UNIDO’S component

UNIDO’s component of CBLRP aims at supporting economic recovery and enhancing community resilience in the Earthquake affected areas of Northern Pakistan. UNIDO’s contribution concentrates on investment promotion initiatives in strategic sectors, and creation of a more conducive partnership environment for the public and private sector institutions and communities to collaborate diversify and strengthen local economy for long-term, sustainable recovery of the affected regions.

The UNIDO CBLRP’s overall goal is “to stimulate the flow of private sector investments into affected areas and to enhance the resilience and productivity of local micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs).”

UNIDO’s outputs

Consequently the UNIDO-CBLRP objectives and their respective outputs are:

1. To hold two high level investment promotion conferences to encourage the flow of funds in potential sectors for local economic development in AJK and NWFP respectively.

  • At least four sectoral profiles or opportunity studies each for AJK and Mansehra/NWFP respectively.
  • Portfolio for at least 15 investment projects in each region respectively.
  • Investment promotion meetings held and recommendations on investment funding presented to policy makers.
  • Investment Promotion Conferences held in each project area and a tracking system for  investor interest and funding established

2. To conduct capacity building events in enterprise development to enhance livelihood opportunities through business development in the project areas.

  • Key stakeholders, i.e. community organizations/members, NGOs, banks, business associations, local authorities) trained in entrepreneurship development and exposed to best practices for investment project appraisal and promotion.
  • Coalition/network of business/NGOs established
  • Local database of business service providers or “Business Yellow Pages” produced and widely disseminated.

Strategy of the project

The overall approach and key principles of the CBLRP strategy:

  • PARTICIPATORY - Involvement of key stakeholders: local businesses, associations, NGOs, UN agencies, local authorities, academic institutions at all stages of project activities to the fullest extent possible.
  • NEED BASED- Assessing training needs of the local (above mentioned) stakeholders for strengthening and expanding investment potential.
  • SUSTAINABILITY – Developing public-private partnerships and business/NGO coalitions for the promotion of using local private sector goods and services in the recovery effort.
  • TRANSPARENCY - Establishing a tracking system to record business opportunities identified.

Among the key activities of the UNIDO-CBLRP are included the following:

  • Identify sectors that offer the potential for commercially viable private sector investment in close cooperation with local governments.
  • Formulate a portfolio of investment projects in identified sectors, using UNIDO’s standard methodology and guidelines.
  • Identify gaps in investment funding and recommend measures to fill those gaps.
  • Prepare and implement an investment promotion campaign in partnership with local business leaders, associations (including the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry and its associated members) and local authorities to promote the flow of domestic investment into affected regions.
  • Train the key stakeholders, (banks, associations, community members local authorities), in entrepreneurship and in best practices for investment project appraisal and promotion.
  • Produce a database of local business services (local “Business Yellow Pages”) covering the affected areas in partnership with a suitable local partner (sponsor) on a long term commercially viable approach.
  • Support the establishment of business private sector/NGO coalitions for economic recovery and promotion of investment opportunities.