PATRIP – Regional integration and cross-border cooperation in fragile border areas of Afghanistan and West Africa



The PATRIP Foundation was set up in November 2011 by the German state-owned KfW Development Bank on behalf of the German Federal Foreign Office, which remains PATRIP’s largest donor.

The PATRIP Foundation works together with trusted NGO partners to support border communities facing challenges of isolation, violence, and poverty.

PATRIP’s overall goal is to contribute to more stability in fragile regions, in terms of secured access to public services, as well as cross-border trade and community integration.

To achieve this, PATRIP’s projects mainly focus on building vital infrastructure and facilitating community dialogue in remote and fragile regions.

(c) Georg Fiebig
(c) Michael Gruber


PATRIP is active in two regions: The border areas between Burkina Faso and its neighbouring countries Niger, Mali, and Benin, as well as between Afghanistan and its neighbours Tajikistan, Pakistan, and Iran.

Both border regions experience conflict and scarcity of resources. Often, state presence in these areas is weak due to the remoteness of towns and villages.

Those who suffer most from this are the communities living in these areas, who struggle to access basic services such as schooling, health, transport, energy, and water supply.



By working to connect communities to services, opportunities, and to each other, PATRIP fosters the conditions necessary for them to unlock their potential for social and economic exchange, growth, and overall development.

To deliver quality projects in two very different contexts, PATRIP works with pre-assessed NGO partners, a strong monitoring team on the ground, as well as frequent workshops in the project regions in order to provide plenty of opportunity for exchange among PATRIP and its partners.

(c) SRSP








Rushan I Cross-Border Energy

Afghanistan, Tajikistan
Donors Implementing Partner SectorEnergyProject Context The communities surrounding the Tajik town Rushan have been living without electricity for a long time. The harsh climate of the mountainous Badakhshan - or Gorno-Badakhshan, respectively - which spans both Afghanistan and Tajikistan, makes it even harder for people to cope with everyday life without electricity. For heating, cooking, and [...]Share this:Tweet

Centre of Renewable Energy

Afghanistan, Pakistan
Donor Implementing Partner SectorEnergyMulti-sectoralProject Context The city of Peshawar is located around 50 km from the Pakistani-Afghan border, in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The mountainous region has suffered from instability and violent incidents in the past decade. The population’s eagerness to recover and develop economically is being additionally slowed down by energy shortage, which [...]Share this:Tweet

Khost Cricket Stadium

Afghanistan, Pakistan
Donor Implementing Partner SectorSports & CultureProject Context The Khost province in Afghanistan is home to many people who had fled to Pakistan in the 1990s and 2000s to escape violence in their country. Since then, many have returned to the Afghan border province, which continues to struggle with capacities for housing, medical services, and education. [...]Share this:Tweet

Tem Market

Afghanistan, Tajikistan
Donor Implementing Partner SectorTrade & MarketsProject Context Communities living on both sides of the Panj river, which marks the border between Tajikistan and Afghanistan in the (Gorno-) Badakhshan region, share a common culture, including local customs and language. Climate and geographical conditions are harsh, which often makes it challenging for the population to lift itself [...]Share this:Tweet

Broghil Valley

Afghanistan, Pakistan
Donor Implementing Partner SectorSports & CultureTrade & MarketsProject Context Broghil valley borders on the Afghan Wakhan corridor, which stretches between Tajikistan and Pakistan. The Broghil Valley National Park is situated about 250km from Chitral in Pakistan, sharing Wakhi cultural and language commonalities, as well as family bonds across the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. Surrounded by glaciers and [...]Share this:Tweet

Reception Centre Islam Qala

Afghanistan, Iran
Donors Implementing Partner SectorMulti-sectoralProject Context Many communities in Afghanistan have fled from violent conflict and natural disasters in the past years and decades. Overall, a third of Afghanistan’s population has migrated or been displaced since 2012. The majority gravitated to places close to home – to the neighbouring countries Pakistan and Iran.   Despite finding [...]Share this:Tweet


The construction of a connecting road to Arandu Gol Road by PATRIP's partner Sarhad Rural Support Programme (SRSP) connects communities living close to the Afghan-Pakistani border. During 2015 and 2016, the PATRIP Foundation supported the construction of a 16,7 Km road in the area of District Chitral to increase social exchange and economic cooperation between [...]
PATRIP finance en coopération avec l’ONG internationale Catholic Relief Services (CRS) la réhabilitation et la construction d’infrastructures de base dans la zone frontalière entre le Mali et le Niger afin d'améliorer la cohésion sociale. Aminata, jeune élève nigérienne de 12 ans, peut finalement se réjouir d’une école sécurisée par un mur. La construction du mur [...]
PATRIP soutient le programme AVERT à la frontière entre le Mali et le Niger. L’objectif global du programme, qui est mis en œuvre par l’ONG internationale Mercy Corps, est de créer un dialogue entre les différentes communautés frontalières afin de réduire les tensions et d’améliorer la coexistence pacifique. Mercy Corps, fondé en 1979 en réponse au [...]

PATRIP Foundation is a non-profit organisation that channels multi-donor funds into cross-border projects aimed at increased stability and integration in fragile regions.

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