The United States is giving $750 million to Pakistan to help develop its remote tribal region.
The U.S. Agency for International Development says the money - to be allocated over five years - will fund projects in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATAs), which border Afghanistan.
The agency says the projects include efforts to strengthen livelihoods, expand economic opportunities and improve education and healthcare.
A $43 million contract has been awarded by the agency to Development Alternatives, Incorporated. The company will help the Pakistani government and non-governmental organizations to plan, implement and monitor a wide range of development programs.
The Federally Administered Tribal Areas are governed by the Pakistani central government, but Pashtun tribal elders run the day to day affairs of the region.