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.

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.

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).

Before the flood

The Ministry of Climate Change and provincial governments are planning to establish early-warning systems and implement small-scale infrastructure projects in 12 vulnerable districts of KP and GB. This initiative is being funded by the Green Climate Fund (GCF)—a mechanism designed to help developing countries adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change—and supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The project will also help ensure that decision-makers possess the technical skills and knowledge required to integrate climate change and disaster management into medium- and long-term development planning. The project will enhance communities’ ability to plan for and mitigate climate change-related risks through a revolving fund for community-based disaster risk management and the promotion of climate-resilient land and water management techniques.

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...

Saudi Fund For Development and UNDP partner to provide essential infrastructure for people of Swat

09 March 2016, SWAT DISTRICT — The first phase of a major project to improve community resilience in crisis-affected areas of Malakand division was celebrated today by the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) at the opening of the Dop Jabba Link Road in Swat...

Improving parliamentary oversight in Pakistan and beyond

On 11 May 2016, UNDP Pakistan brought together members of the National Assembly, Senate and prominent representatives from civil society in a focus group discussing the essential parliamentary duty of holding government to account. The discussions in Islamabad will add a Pakistani perspective to the Second Global...

Work on disaster risk reduction and peacebuilding offers opportunities for positive engagement to youth

Recent years have brought immense suffering to the people of Pakistan through both natural disasters and a prolonged internal conflict. The effects of the conflict are felt throughout Pakistan but the epicentre lies in the semi-autonomous Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP)...

The United Kingdom and UNDP launch new support to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas

Peshawar, 27 January 2016 – The Government of Fata has a signed a new agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, at a high-profile event organized at the Governor’s House, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa today. This new partnership...

Pakistan pilots the Climate Change Integration Index to reveal its progress in climate-sensitive budgeting

Pakistan has become one of only two countries piloting a new Climate Change Integration Index (CCII) which enables it to assess its progress towards integrating climate change into public finance, and ensure that its national and provincial budgets are sensitive to climate change issues. The CCII is an innovative tool...