About UNDP in Pakistan
UNDP works with the Government and people of Pakistan to develop local solutions to development challenges. In an evolving development context, we support Pakistan’s efforts to build a more equitable, prosperous, peaceful and resilient society, and to achieve its SDGs and COP21 targets. UNDP promotes transformational change by fostering strategic partnerships with national counterparts in the federal, provincial and regional governments, civil society, the private sector and the local and international community. UNDP supports transformational change by providing technical assistance focusing on developing capacity within national and local authorities, providing solutions with strong monitoring and evaluation tools, and delivering programmes with maximum efficiency, transparency and accountability.
UNDP’s ultimate goal is to improve the lives of the people of Pakistan through the broad thematic areas of democratic governance, environment and climate change, crisis prevention and recovery, development policy, poverty reduction and the empowerment of women.
What do we want to accomplish?
UNDP is working with the Government of Pakistan, civil society, national partners and the people of Pakistan to help find solutions to persistent development challenges. We work to build lasting institutional capacity, provide technical expertise to improve development outcomes, and help link the Government and people of Pakistan to innovative global solutions in areas such as improved data quality and collection, better environmental management, climate change finance and adaptation, strong and accountable governance mechanisms and capacities to respond effectively to conflict and disasters.
We continue to provide strong policy advice and advocacy on normative UN issues such as gender equality, tackling social and economic inequality, human rights and the rule of law. In responding to natural and man-made disasters and crises, UNDP works closely with the National, Provincial and District Disaster Management Authorities for strengthening, capacity building and risk reduction response systems throughout Pakistan.
UNDP promotes transformational change by fostering strategic partnerships with national counterparts in the federal, provincial and regional governments, civil society, the private sector, and the local and international community. UNDP supports this change by providing technical assistance focusing on enhancing capacity within national and local authorities, developing solutions with strong monitoring and evaluation tools, and delivering programs with maximum efficiency, transparency, and accountability.
What are our results?
Some key results include assistance and support to 5.5 million people in more than 4,000 villages affected by the 2010 floods from activities aimed at strengthening resilience, rehabilitating communities and restoring livelihoods.
UNDP supported the Election Commission of Pakistan in training 330,000 polling staff officials to ensure the credibility of the polling process during the 2013 general election. More than 17,000 Police officials were trained in election security. Around 40 million people were reached through a voter education campaign via the media, social media and civil society organizations. For the first time in Pakistan, an elections results database was created containing results from polling stations.
Our Rule of Law programme takes a holistic view of the justice sector involving all key government and non-government stakeholders.
We supported the Ministry of Climate Change and other stakeholders in developing the first-ever National Climate Change Policy for Pakistan.
Who are the decision makers?
The Resident Coordinator heads the UN System in Pakistan and is also the Resident Representative for UNDP in Pakistan. The UNDP Country Office (CO) is led by the Country Director, Mr. Ignacio Artaza and supported by Deputy Country Director a.i. - Programmes, Ms. Naoko Takasu and Deputy Country Director - Operations, Mr. Vitalie Muntean.
There are four CO programme units: Crisis Prevention and Recovery, Environment and Climate Change, Democratic Governance and Development Policy, each headed by an Assistant Country Director.
UNDP works with the Government of Pakistan and respective ministries through our designated counterpart, the Economic Affairs Division (EAD) of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs. All UNDP activities mentioned in the Country Programme Action Plan are approved by the Government.