The themes and research questions were designed to expand on a preliminary study of Trade and Livelihoods in the Afghanistan-Pakistan Borderlands

Key findings which emerged from the research include:

  • Recent introduction of passport and visa requirements for border area locals have impacted travel and trade behaviour, threatening economic well-being.
  • Improvements in healthcare, education, access and provision of basic resources including water and electricity, and job opportunities would improve livelihoods in the border region.
  • Economic conditions are further exacerbated by the ban on the use of Pakistani currency, and the lack of price control for certain Pakistan- exported goods.