The role of local institutions in conflict-affected Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan (SLRC Publication)

The role of local institutions in conflict-affected Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan (SLRC Publication)

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  • Thursday | 07 Sep, 2017
  • Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Babar Shahbaz, Steve Commins, Irina Mosel
  • Working Papers
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Dr. Abid Suleri, Babar Shahbaz, Steve Commins and Irina Mosel

Earlier studies (Shah and Shahbaz, 2015) have analysed how post-conflict relief and rehabilitation efforts by development partners in conflict-affected areas of Pakistan did not completely align with local realities, culture and traditions. Using this body of work on livelihoods after conflict as an entry point, this working paper seeks to examine the role of local institutions during and after the conflict, in order to inform and ensure the success of future relief and rehabilitation efforts.

Through focus group discussions and key informant interviews in Swat and Lower Dir districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), we collected the views of different sections of the community to gain an understanding of the power dynamics, social norms and influence of traditional local institutions, and how these have changed as a result of the violent conflict suffered in the region.