Development Matters - June 2014

01 Jul 2014

“I belong to a province where development indicators have not shown any substantive progress, so I intend to go back and work on social development as I know the priorities of the area,” says Zia Ud Din. Born in the small town of Pishin, Zia Ud Din worked part-time to make ends meet while he pursued his M.Phil. He learned about the UNDP-Higher Education Commission (HEC) fellowship award supported by UNDP and immediately decided to apply to support his continuing studies. His winning thesis topic was “Fiscal Decentralization and Economic Development Pre- and Post-7th National Finance Commission Analysis."

 Zia plans to go back to Balochistan when he completes his degree and he requested that such fellowship awards be increased since they provide people coming from underprivileged backgrounds an opportunity to accomplish their objectives.

Pakistan is a young country, with one of the youngest electorates in the world. The youth are extremely dynamic with a lot of potential. They are determined to find ways of being actively engaged citizens – a critical ingredient for sustainable democracy, and a dynamic that underlines the importance of civic education.  UNDP recently hosted the first in a series of events on the role of civic education in strengthening democracy in Pakistan. The seminars are part of a broader program to promote civic education and democratic values – a critical component for improving the quality of democracy in Pakistan.

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