• Development Advocate Pakistan: Volume 4 Issue 4
    Jun 10, 2018

    In Pakistan, women account for almost 49 percent of the population. But while the gap between the number of men and women is small, the Global Gender Gap index-which captures the gap between men and women across a wide variety of socio-economic categoriesplaced Pakistan at 143 out of 144 countries in 2017. This means that there is a significant and broad unequal distribution of opportunities and resources between men and women. Though the recent trend is unchanged as the country stood at 143 in 2016 as well, it need not remain so, as national demographics and a host of factors, including education, employment, health and societal dynamics, are all drivers to reduce inequality and increase women's empowerment.

  • Apr 25, 2018

    The Guide starts with an overview of Climate Finance and the critical role it plays in enabling action to curtail global warming and build the resilience of countries and communities to climate induced impacts. Effective climate response requires linking policy and resources, and the Guide discusses the emergence of Climate Responsive Budgeting (CRB) as an approach to aligning public finance with the climate change interests and priorities of government. Summarizing KP’s Climate Finance context, the Guide describes some of the measures taken by the provincial government to address them, as well as local climate change risks and impacts. According to a Climate Public Expenditure and Institutional Review (CPEIR) commissioned by the UNDP, 8.9% of KP’s total budgetary reflected climate activities related to mitigation and adaptation in the financial year 2015/2016.

  • Pakistan National Human Development Report
    Apr 24, 2018

    The Report focuses on the youth as a critical force for shaping human development, because Pakistan currently has the largest generation of young people ever in its history, with about two-thirds of the total population under 30 years of age. This includes children under 15 who will be tomorrow's youth. While, youth cohort defined as those between 15-29 years of age, currently forms nearly a third of the country's total population.

  • Development Advocate Pakistan: Volume 4, Issue 3
    Apr 16, 2018

    The rule of law is the defining relation between society and the state. It is the ultimate condition in which citizens and the state are held accountable to a set of laws that are, as Kofi Annan, the Secretary- General of the United Nations wrote in 2004, “publicly promulgated, equally enforced and independently adjudicated, and which are consistent with international human rights norms and standards.”

  • Newsletter 16th Edition - March 2018
    Apr 11, 2018

    In 1969, when UNDP was established in its current form, the world was a different place from the one we see today. It was one dominated by two superpowers, with many countries in Africa and Asia slowly emerging from colonialism to take charge of their own destinies after decades or centuries of external rule. The global aid system evolved in this context, one in which richer countries of the Global North extended grants, loans, goods and expertise to poorer countries of the Global South.

    Mar 2, 2018

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) have recognized the utility and effectiveness of the UN system ‘delivering as one’. By effectively leveraging mandates and capacities, UNDP and UN Women are together prepared to support efforts to accelerate progress towards women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in public institutions, a prerequisite for sustainable development.

  • Feb 18, 2018

    The report provides evidence-based recommendations for combating many of the diverse challenges Pakistan faces, calling for equitable growth through participatory development, reducing regional disparities, providing universal health, education and social security, and mobilizing women and youth in the workforce. It also recommends regional cooperation to battle climate change, and comprehensive planning to rehabilitate and manage water infrastructure.

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