Community Structures – Quetta

The Afghan communities in Quetta have some formal structures for community participation, supported under the UNHCR community development project implemented by WESS. In addition, informal structures exist in almost all the locations and are usually formed by specific tribes. The informal decision making community structures almost always consist of men, with very limited participation by women.

The relationship with the host community is generally good. In Quetta, urban Afghans are living intermingled with the local populations. However, there is competition when it comes to livelihood opportunities, particularly in the non-formal sectors in which most Afghans earn their living.

Refugees in Quetta are mostly well aware of the services offered by UNHCR, to a much greater degree than more remote locations in Balochistan.

Although most of the refugees in urban areas are well informed about UNHCR programmes, there are still segments of the population who do not approach UNHCR. Therefore, there is a need to enhance the outreach activities.

There are also only limited interventions for children and youth in urban areas.

For specific protection cases, shelter homes are available but most of the survivors do not opt for availing those due to complex process and the homes not being a sustainable solution.