Pakistan has adopted 16 targets and 41 indicators against which progress towards achieving the eight goals of the Millennium Development Goals is measured. This infographic gives information for each of the MDGs. Time series data available for 34 of these indicators reveal that Pakistan is on track to achieve the targets on 11 indicators, whereas its progress on 23 indicators is off track.
The Millennium Development Goals Eight Goals for 2015
- 1 Eradicate extreme hunger and poverty
- 2 Achieve universal primary education
- 3 Promote gender equality and empower women
- 4 Reduce child mortality
Pakistan progress on the MDGs
Pakistan has adopted 16 targets and 41 indicators against which progress towards achieving the Eight Goals of the MDG’s is measured. Time series data available for 33 of these indicators reveal that Pakistan is on track to achieve the targets on 9 indicators, whereas its progress on 24 indicators is off track.
UNDP Pakistan has also launched an Internet MDG monitor to make up-to-date information on the country’s MDG progress more widely available at www.mdg.undp.org.pk
MDG Indicators – On Track
Pakistan has either achieved or is on track to achieving the target on a total of nine indicators of the MDG goals.
MDGs – Off-Track
Progress on 25 indicators is off-track and at the current rate of progress, targets will be unlikely to be achieved.
Provincial MDGs Status at a Glance
Punjab, in lieu of its performance in most indicators, is far head in achieving MDGs as compared to other provinces. Targets for 2015 have been achieved or are on track to being achieved for one or more indicators in each MDG. However, for the majority of indicators, Punjab is off track in achieving the targets. In MDG 1 performance is severely lagging in the prevalence of underweight children below 5 and proportion of population below minimum level of dietary consumption. In MDG 2, targets for the net primary enrolment ratio and literacy rate are unlikely to be achieved. Similarly in MDG 4, targets related to mortality rates, immunization against measles and lady health workers’ coverage of target population are likely not to be achieved. In MDG 5, with the current progress, targets for the maternal mortality ratio, proportion of births attended by skilled birth attendants, contraceptive prevalence rate and total fertility rate are unlikely to be met. Lastly in MDG 7, Punjab’s performance is lagging in the indicator of forest cover.
In general, at the current rate of progress, no MDG will be achieved in entirety in Sindh. While the province has made substantial progress in certain indicators of MDG 7 and MDG 3, the floods of 2011 and the declining national economic and security situation post 2007 threaten to reverse the progress that has been made. Performance is not only considerably behind the targets but also the national average in all indicators of MDG 1 especially in the prevalence of underweight children. Performance is also poor in all indicators pertaining to MDG 2; the net primary enrolment ratio, completion/survival rate and literacy rate, despite the latter being higher than the national average. Progress is particularly lagging for MDG 5, where the maternal mortality ratio, births attended by skilled birth attendants, contraceptive prevalence rat, total fertility rate and antenatal coverage reported for Sindh fall considerably short of those required for attaining the targets. Similarly for MDG 7, Sindh is likely to be unable to meet the target for the proportion of population with access to sanitation with a 35 percentage lag according to estimates for 2008/2009.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province has made significant progress in MDG 7, reflected in its achievement of targets for indicators of forest cover and land area protected for the conservation of wildlife. Progress in other MDG areas, however has suffered in part owing to the unprecedented natural as well as manmade calamities which have afflicted the province. Progress has been exceptionally dismal in MDG 3 for KP with performance on all 4 indicators, GDP for primary education and youth literacy, share of women in wage employment and proportion of seats held by women in national parliament with targets below national averages. In MDG 4, performance is especially lagging in the indicators of infant mortality, immunization of children, immunization of children against measles and lady health worker’s coverage. Lastly in MDG 7, KP’s progress also falls short of other provinces in the proportion of population with sustainable access to a safe improved water source owing to large urban rural discrepancies.
Balochistan is the worst performing province in most if not all areas of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). As available data shows, at the current rate of progress, no MDG can be achieved in entirety in the province and in the aftermath of the floods, and the declining national economic and security situation post 2007, even the achievements made so far in a few indicators or in a few districts are at risk of being undone. Balochistan’s performance while completely off track and below the national average for almost all indicators, is especially of grave concern in health and education related indicators. 43% of children are underweight in Balochistan against a target of 20%, reflecting a severe lag in performance. Similarly in MDG 2, in all three indicators; net primary enrolment ratio, completion/survival rate and literacy rate performance is lower than the national average and considerably behind the targets. Balochistan is also underperforming in 5 indicators of child mortality with a staggeringly high infant mortality rate by national standards. In MDG 5, progress is especially lagging for all indicators- at 785 deaths per hundred thousand live births, the maternal mortality ratio deserves immediate attention.
Millennium Development Goals in Urdu
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National MDGs Status for 2012
This infographic shows the status of Millennium Development Goals in Sindh province. The data is taken from the first-ever MDGs report on Sindh province. It provides the status of MDGs achieved across all districts of Sindh & highlights regional disparities.
Latest MDG Reports
The tracking of the performance of Sindh on achievements on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is important due to its status as a province housing the commercial capital of the country. As discussed in this report, the available datasets suggest that in general, the current rate of progress is insufficient for the province to be able to achieve MDGs in their entirety, by 2015, since progress within various goals shows wide discrepancies.
Punjab is Pakistan's biggest province by population, accounting for 55.6 percent of the country's total population according to the last census. The province has a substantial industrial and agrarian base, and the provincial government estimates that it contributes about 58 percent to Pakistan's GDP, with contributions of over 50 percent in each major sector. By any account, changes in development indicators in Punjab have a significant effect on weighted national indicators. This report on progress towards MDGs in Punjab is based on the PSLM 2010/11 and MICS 2011 data.
This Report is a collaborative effort of the Government of KP and UNDP and is the fist such report for the province. The Report tracks Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s progress against each MDG. It provides a deep analysis of present status and challenges towards achieving the MDGs.