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Young People have arrived in the policy circle – what next?

Being the largest chunk of Pakistan’s population (64%), young people are seen as agents of change – a group which if given the opportunity can re-shape the future of the country. It is indeed a…  


Using mobile technology to reach budding entrepreneurs in rural communities – can we do it?

Pakistan’s entrepreneurship ecosystem is abuzz. Although still in its nascent stages, more young people are becoming entrepreneurs and forming start-ups to take control of their future employment. The…  


‘Positive deviants’ in Pakistan & their strategies for success: behavioural insights on how women overcome restrictive social norms

Pakistani women face challenges in accessing education and employment opportunities across the country, but the lack of opportunities for the women of the newly merged districts in KP is especially…  


Human Development in Pakistan

Pakistan has experienced a marginal increase in the value of HDI from 0.560 last year to 0.562 in 2017. However, over the years Pakistan has indeed seen greater progress in its Human Development…  


Here is how UNDP Pakistan has teamed up with a startup Fori Mazdoori to connect young people to jobs

As we leapfrog towards a digital transformation and massive automation, a significant gap remains in the labour market especially in developing countries, as the majority of the population is still…  


Unleashing the potential of a young Pakistan

Any study of human development is incomplete without considering demographic transition; a phenomenon likely to have a profound impact on Pakistan’s future, given its young population. Currently, 64…  


Breaking the shackles of social divide and injustice

As we turned on to the North-Western channel, we drove past the busy road which ran parallel to a fast-flowing river and rounded up towards the hairpin bends of the valley. The path seemed oddly…  


Communities lead the charge on sustainable water management

Not too long ago, Haji Khalil, a 48-year-old farmer, could not walk through his fields without a sense of guilt. His farm was in Bhama, a village on the fertile river plain of Punjab, the “land of…  


Self-belief, personal motivation, and family support drives women’s engagement in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas

In October 2017, our innovation Positive Deviance pilot project really began to gather steam. Our implementing partner, Humanitarian Development Organization Doaba (HDOD), had been brought on board in…  


"Necessity is the mother of invention”: tradition, women in public life, and the space for innovation

FATA is a remote mountainous region which sweeps down western Pakistan, hugging the border with Afghanistan. It has historically faced political and socio-economic development constraints which have…  

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