UNDP Pakistan Annual Report 2016
The year 2016 marked the 50th anniversary of UNDP’s close partnership with the world’s governments and peoples to realize our shared dream of a world without poverty, inequality and injustice.
Fortunately, Pakistan was spared major natural calamities this year, thanks in part to the hard work in improving preparedness and resilience by Government and its partners. This offered much needed breathing space to communities suffering from frequent hazards to enable them to look beyond meeting immediate needs and continue enhancing their living conditions without relapse.
Long-running insecurity began to ebb and thousands of families returned to their homes in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). We are proud to be part of an energizing dialogue on reforms bringing FATA into Pakistan’s mainstream, as well as to support the Government’s FATA Sustainable Return and Rehabilitation Strategy by helping returnees rebuild essential infrastructure and livelihoods.
Development efforts focused on the vital task of laying the groundwork for achieving Agenda 2030 in Pakistan, with good progress in localizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and developing pioneering institutional frameworks funded by both federal and provincial governments.
The year also saw renewed commitment to data-based and equity-focused policymaking. The Government of Pakistan prepared its Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) with UNDP technical support, which revealed a landscape of multifaceted deprivation that is often hidden by economic figures. This data will form a baseline to focus resources where needs are most acute towards achieving the SDGs as well as Pakistan’s Vision 2025.
Since the Paris Summit on Climate Change in 2015, Pakistan has rolled out a Climate Change Act and taken the landmark step of integrating climate change in the 2016–2017 budget brief.