A boxer turned fashion designer inspires others to escape violence

As a child Wasim Soomro watched as famous fashion designers showed their creations on television. He enjoyed seeing their creative designs and envied their rise to fame and fortune doing what they loved. “I used to watch famous celebrities become designers, flaunting their kurtas on TV. I told myself if they can do it, why can’t I? Lyari is famous for gang violence, but we don’t have any famous designers. I thought I should be the first one,” he says, clad in a blue kurta that he designed himself.

SDGs Punjab
The Government of Punjab acknowledges SDGs in its 2017-2018 Budget in collaboration with UNDP

In the Punjab Government’s White Paper Budget 2017-2018 published in June 2017, the Government recognizes the importance of increasing development allocations to less developed districts, which have been most lagging behind in the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) in the Province, in order to achieve the SDGs. In the Annual Development Programme 2017-2018, priorities have been given to the schemes that ensures the better performance of Punjab against key SDG indicators. The White Paper also notes that the proper stock taking exercises and a robust monitoring mechanism will further propagate the achievement of SDGs in the Province.

Newly constructed irrigation channel empowers people in FATA

In November 2009, many local residents of Tehsil Sararogha in South Waziristan Agency left their hometown due to the military operation that was underway against militants in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Many families sought shelter in districts of Dera Ismail Khan and Tank.

Progressing towards peace and development

Ms. Maimoona Akhtar, a student of Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Peshawar was apprehensive about choosing print or electronic media as a career because her family considered it an ‘inappropriate’ field for young women. This severely limited her professional choices, especially in fields that were relevant to her degree in Mass Communications. After graduation, Maimoona was selected as an intern with UNDP’s VPPD initiative at IPCS under the Platform’s capacity development component for graduate students.

Young volunteers spark civic engagement

s one of 36 United Nations Volunteers in Pakistan, Anita provides civic education to youth and people from marginalized communities in Lahore. Born in Islamabad to parents who had only completed their higher secondary school certificates, Anita is aware of the opportunities for education and participation she has been given and wants to pass these on to others.

Advancing partnerships for human development
Advancing partnerships for human development

For the past quarter century, development initiatives have been framed around the belief that the wealth of a nation is not exclusively measured through economic indicators, but through the wellbeing of its people. Instead of promoting economic growth alone, human development enhances human abilities: health, knowledge and a decent standard of living. It entails creating the conditions in which all people can flourish: human rights and security, environmental sustainability, gender equality, and participation in political and community life.

Improving community resilience through school construction in KP & FATA

Located in Bannu Distrit, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Ghareeb Abad Government Primary School (GPS) was abode to around 300 pupils in the past. More recently, however, conflict and military operations in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) forced it to serve as shelter to 25 temporarily dislocated families.

Building civic engagement in marginalized communities

Uzaira Tasneem is completing her bachelor’s degree from the University of Education, Lahore. True to her name, when she heard about the UN Volunteers programme, she decided to apply. “I always aspired to become a volunteer because it would get me closer to the community and the people,” she says.

Empowering communities to mitigate disaster risks in Chitral

In Chitral, 751 people were trained in CBDRM essentials. Forty village disaster management committees were established with 489 members drawn from local communities. In addition to mobilizing communities to protect themselves against disasters, the project also implemented structural mitigation schemes such as dykes and retaining walls, with 20 percent of the cost contributed by community members.

UNDP and Italian Embassy sign agreement for the Mountain Protected Areas project

The Italian Agency for Development and Cooperation and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) together with EvK2CNR signed a memorandum of understanding in a ceremony at the Ramada Hotel today, agreeing to work on a project titled “Improvement of the Central Karakoram National Park (CKNP) Management System as a Model for Mountain Ecosystems in Northern Pakistan”. The project will also cover the Deosai National Park.

UNDP publication launch - Beyond Preparedness: Development Impact of Community-Based Disaster Risk Management in Pakistan

There have been an increasing number of community-based disaster risk management (CBDRM) initiatives in Pakistan since the 2005 earthquake. Actors adopted various approaches that all yielded different results, depending on the tools and methodologies used. Many of the approaches emphasize particular types of vulnerable groups, e.g., women, and specific geographical areas i.e. rural areas over urban areas.

Promoting hygiene and health in Kharoro Syed, Umarkot
Promoting hygiene and health in Kharoro Syed, Umarkot

Umarkot was known for the fact that more than 80 percent of its rural population practiced open defecation, exacerbating water-borne diseases like diarrhoea. This meant families were spending abnormally large amounts of money on medication.

Amelia Rubin’s Journey
Amelia Rubin’s journey

Amelia is a certified volunteer community-based paralegal associated with the Community Development Programme (CDP) in Bannu, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and a bachelor’s student at the Kohat University of Science and Technology.

Training for a better future
Training for a better future

The Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) Transition and Recovery Programme (FTRP) is based on an iterative and solution-driven approach to addressing the issues faced by displaced people. Economic revitalization is a major focus and the Programme has completed numerous vocational and business management trainings to help returnees. One such training was in hospitality management and was organized by the Hashoo Foundation and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Its primary purpose was to develop demand-oriented skills in hotel management and create job opportunities for FATA’s youth.

Vocational skills imparted to 625 FATA youth
Vocational skills imparted to 625 FATA youth

UNDP and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) Secretariat partnered with the Technology Upgradation and Skill Development Company (TUSDEC) to help FATA returnees rebuild their livelihoods and increase their chances of obtaining employment. Using financial support from the governments of the United Kingdom and Japan, this initiative successfully imparted demand-oriented vocational skills to 625 youth—300 women, 325 men—in Bara, Khyber Agency. The three-month training was arranged locally and took place at the Dogra Technical Training Centre in Bara.

Swat revival: The bridge over the Bargain river re-connected thousands of people to main roads

UNDP and its government partners, the KP Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) and Provincial Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Settlement Authority (PaRRSA), KP initiated the restoration and rehabilitation of damaged community infrastructure with US$ 11.67 million from the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD). The project aimed to empower communities by enabling them to participate in the identification of schemes and monitoring of reconstruction work.

Building inclusive livelihoods
Building inclusive livelihoods

In my village, after the father grows old, the eldest brother is responsible for providing financial support to the family,” says Samiullah Khan, a young man aged 23 living in Haibak Sherza Khan village, Bannu district, in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Shin village
Changing lives: Rehabilitation of Ziarat link road in Shin village, Swat

After experiencing devastation from the military operations of 2009, swiftly followed by floods in 2010, the village of Shin in Swat district, Pakistan received little assistance to help rebuild its infrastructure. The small settlement faced a number of problems, such as the poor condition of the link road which led to poor school attendance, difficulty in transporting farm produce to markets, and taking patients to hospital.

A new beginning for Shahnaz

Shahnaz, a 32-year-old widow and her family of seven are among thousands of internally displaced person (IDP) families who lost their house, possessions and livelihoods upon their return to Bara, Khyber Agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

Social Good Summit 2016 - “What type of world do I want to live in by the year 2030?”

UNDP Pakistan hosted a Social Good Summit on 22 September 2016 in Islamabad. The one-day panel discussion was part of a larger global event held annually during United Nations General Assembly week. The flagship event took place in New York during the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly and over 100 country offices followed suit with their own summits. A dynamic panel of young social activists, entrepreneurs, young parliamentarians, innovators, and sports enthusiasts came together to discuss the sustainable development goal (SDG) theme, “What type of world do I want to live in by the year 2030?” The discussion was streamed live on Mashable, a global partner.

UNDP Pakistan launches the FATA-DA Job Placement Centre

The Governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Engineer Iqbal Zafar Jhagra inaugurated the FATA Development Authority’s (FATA-DA) Job Placement Centre (JPC) for youth in Hayatabad, Peshawar on 26 October 2016.

UNDP Pakistan, WFP Pakistan and the FATA Secretariat distribute cash cards to returning IDPs

The FATA Secretariat, UNDP Pakistan and WFP Pakistan implemented a community-based livelihoods recovery project in Bara, Khyber Agency as part of the implementation of the FATA Sustainable Return and Rehabilitation Strategy. One of its key features was a cash card distribution programme.

UNDP Pakistan signs partnership with SMEDA to help at-risk youth run their own businesses

The Youth Employment Project at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pakistan signed a partnership with the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) to provide entrepreneurial skills training to youth in the neighbourhoods of Lyari, Korangi and Sultanabad in Karachi. These youth do not usually possess the skills to earn livelihoods given their limited education and means. UNDP is therefore providing garment manufacturing skills to help them find work in garment-related trades, although the majority of young women and men continue to struggle to find employment. SMEDA and UNDP are responding to this challenge by helping young people become self-employed.

Data for peace: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa experts and policymakers explore open data in governance through the virtual platform

In the last two years alone, the world has produced more data than in the previous 3,000 years. This vast amount of data needs to be efficiently digested if it is to be useful. At the same time, the incredible explosion of information is an unprecedented opportunity to harness the power of solid evidence in making...