Strengthening resilience of Kalasha communities
Conflict & fragility
Human rights (incl. Women's rights)
- 4,000 women and men of the Kalasha communities in 3 targeted valleys of the Chitral District (north-western Pakistan), together with the other communities of these valleys
- Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial and local Governments
- The whole population of Chitral indirectly (450’000 inhabitants)
- A comprehensive right based mapping of Chitral-Kalasha’s tangible and intangible cultural heritage are carried out and are promoted by communities, academic experts and local authorities (tourism, archaeology and culture departments).
- Chitral-Kalasha community stakeholders’ awareness and capacities built to participate in and promote sustainable eco-tourism.
- District and Law enforcement authorities trained and sensitized to systemically facilitate tourism in Chitral and the Kalasha valleys in an informed, rights based and culturally responsive manner.
- A “Sustainable Eco-tourism destination Management Policy” developed, that is based on local priorities, international guidelines and regional best practices to promote tourism in Chitral with specific focus on Kalasha Valleys.
- Schweizerische UNESCO-Kommiss
- Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
- Kalasha people, civil society and possibly other committed donors
- Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s project “Promotion, Preservation, and Development of Kalash Culture” (co-funding with focus on infrastructure components)
- SDC funded Small Action for promoting education schemes by the Hund and Chitral Museums
|Background||The remaining 4,000 Kalasha people in Pakistan are on the verge of extinction. The project targets this non-Muslim minority living in the Hindukush region, to sustainably safeguard and protect their rights to practice, promote, and enjoy their cultural heritage. The project incorporates a comprehensive sustainable eco-tourism approach where the economic and socio-cultural environment is improved and policy frameworks are created.|
|Objectives||Women and men of Kalasha are empowered and exercise their cultural practices in a peaceful and sustainable environment.|
|Medium-term outcomes||An empowering socio-cultural environment including policy frameworks is created for the Kalasha people.|
Results from previous phases:
Switzerland has been paying particular attention to the rights of religious and cultural minorities, incl. of the Kalasha throughout its interventions in Pakistan. During a SDC funded consultative workshop in January 2017 “Promotion of eco-tourism in Kalasha”, Chitral and Kalasha people, Government officials, thematic experts and NGOs agreed to develop and to operationalize their own framework for the promotion of ecotourism by developing environmental Codes of Conduct (self-regulation and government policies and support).
The Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has allocated appr. CHF 500,000 for the next 36 months for the “Promotion, Preservation, and Development of Kalasha Culture”, complementing Switzerland and UNESCO’s efforts.
|Directorate/federal office responsible||
United Nations Organization (UNO)
|Coordination with other projects and actors||
|Budget||Current phase Swiss budget CHF 600'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF 593'886|
|Project phases||Phase 1 15.11.2017 - 31.12.2019 (Current phase)|