• 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.”

  • Inclusive and Sustainable Development: Analytical Basis and Policy Framework
    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.

  • Development Advocate Pakistan: Volume 4, Issue 2
    Dec 7, 2017

    Much has happened following the previous issue of the Development Advocate on FATA mainstreaming. While earlier, reforms in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) were discussed, now the Government has begun to make those tough decisions needed to bring reform, through acting on the recommendations of the Committee on FATA Reforms. If the quality of life of communities in tribal areas is to be improved, fundamental reforms are required, and we in UNDP appreciate the Committee's resolve to settle the political, economic, and legal issues which have kept FATA out of the mainstream, through a nationally owned and driven process. The Committee's recommendations – varying from extending the country's justice system to the introduction of elected local government and fasttrack economic development – would do much to address the myriad issues faced by the people of FATA. If implemented successfully, these reforms will open a path towards social and economic development for the region and its people. Independent polls and media reports suggest that the plans have widespread support from a population currently under served by the status quo.

  • Development Advocate Pakistan: Volume 4, Issue 1
    Jul 18, 2017

    Pakistan has already shown strong commitment to the SDGs, adopting them as Pakistan's National Development Goals. National and sub-national planning and financing frameworks are being aligned to the SDG agenda. New frameworks are being established to track related expenditures, while district-level frameworks are being piloted to highlight priorities, especially those related to health and education.

  • Development Advocate Pakistan: Volume 3, Issue 4
    Jan 31, 2017

    Water associated problems are amongst the key challenges faced by Pakistan. Pakistan’s water profile has changed drastically from being a water abundant country, to one experiencing water stress. Between 1990 and 2015, per capita water availability declined from 2,172 cubic metres per inhabitant, to 1,306 cubic metres per inhabitant. Pakistan extracts 74.3 percent of its freshwater annually, thereby exerting tremendous pressure on renewable water resources. Despite remarkable improvements in the proportion of the population using improved water sources and improved sanitation facilities, 27.2 million Pakistanis do not have access to safe water and 52.7 million do not have access to adequate sanitation facilities.

  • Development Advocate Pakistan: Volume 3, Issue 3
    Nov 9, 2016

    Public service has remained key to the achievement of national economic and social goals across the world. There is sufficient evidence to suggest that capable and motivated bureaucracy has played an instrumental role in economic growth and overall prosperity. The way Britain became a dominant economy in the 18th century, especially militarily, is attributed to its competent and efficient public administration to raise taxes. The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) also recognizes the important role that state institutions play to achieve these goals. Goal 16 of the SDGs focuses especially on building institutions that are accountable, inclusive and characterized by representative decision making.

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