Development Advocate Pakistan: Volume 1, Issue 129 Jan 2014
Seeking the opportunity to share and foster robust national public discourse on development challenges and solutions in Pakistan and to provide a platform for Pakistani authorities, civil society and intelligentsia to exchange ideas on key development solution pathways in Pakistan, UNDP has launched its quarterly development magazine,The Development Advocate.
A combination of analysis and public opinion articles promote and inform public discourse on development ideas while providing up-to-date information. This publication presents varying perspectives from civil society, academia, government and development partners, with an explicit effort to include the voices of women in youth in the ongoing dialogue.
The first edition titled A New Way Forward for Local Governance in Pakistan focuses on local governance including perspectives from the civil society, academia and government counterparts. In countries around the world, the absence of effective local governance arrangements exacerbates inequality, instability and underdevelopment, as well as social exclusion and lack of empowerment among youth, women and minority groups. Local government is fundamental to mitigating these grievances as it brings government closer to the people, and has the potential to increase the quality and coverage of services to citizens.