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  • UNDP improving community resilience through school construction in KP & FATA
    Jun 29, 2017

    Located in Bannu Distrit, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Ghareeb Abad Government Primary School (GPS) was abode to around 300 pupils in the past. More recently, however, conflict and military operations in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) forced it to serve as shelter to 25 temporarily dislocated families. Constructed to serve as an educational institution, providing shelter to over 150 temporarily dislocated persons (TDPs) in four classrooms took its toll on the structure of the building as the building was severely due to overcrowding. Once the situation improved in FATA and the families returned to their homes, the school itself could hardly function as an educational institution due to its damaged infrastructure.

  • A young adult rejects violence
    Apr 10, 2017

    “I saw a six-year-old boy get shot by accident during a gang fight on a street in Lyari” says Haris Usman Ghani, narrating his heartbreaking experience. Belonging to Lyari, one of Karachi’s most violent areas, he was almost in tears when he shared his story. Threats, violence and frequent strikes in his neighborhood forced his family to shut down their small boutique. This resulted in an unending deficit and overdue loans.

  • Community mobilization to install solar water supply in D.I.Khan
    Apr 3, 2017

    In village Ruknao in union council Zandani of Dera Ismail Khan, people’s use of contaminated canal water resulted in the spread of water-borne diseases. UNDP worked in 2016 under the Youth and Social Cohesion Project (YSCP) to complete a tube well installation project. UNDP provided a solar water pump that local community members incorporated into their construction of a water storage tank.

  • First woman school teacher from village Bejowra, Swat
    Mar 13, 2017

    Shazia, a Bejowra resident, took advantage of the new road. She became the first woman to accept a teaching job in a neighbouring village now accessible by the new road. A mere 20 minutes away, the village children and she walk every day to a school where enrolment has increased because of the road.

  • Theatre performance in Dera Ismail Khan
    Mar 13, 2017

    The play, ‘Mela’ focused on the revival of a local festival in Dera Ismail Khan after it was called off due to militant threats. The performance highlighted youth roles in developing a counter-narrative of peace, tolerance and inclusivity in a conflict-affected area. It also underscored the need for collective action and engagement with relevant government authorities in addressing conflicting interests and local development problems

  • USAID and UNDP Partner Up to Provide Employment Training to Karachi’s Vulnerable Youth
    Feb 21, 2017

    The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) held an awards ceremony today for 200 young women and men trained under the joint Youth Employment Project. The project provides training and job opportunities in the garment industry to young women and men from conflictridden and marginalized areas of Karachi. To date, the project has trained over 7,000 people in garment-manufacturing skills and provided job opportunities to more than 4,000 youth.

  • Building inclusive livelihoods
    Jan 19, 2017

    “In my village, after the father grows old, the eldest brother is responsible for providing financial support to the family,” says Samiullah Khan, a young man aged 23 living in Haibak Sherza Khan village, Bannu district, in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. “I felt helpless because I have four unmarried sisters and my younger brothers were hardly making ends meet.”

  • Vocational skills imparted to 625 FATA youth
    Jan 16, 2017

    UNDP and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) Secretariat partnered with the Technology Upgradation and Skill Development Company (TUSDEC) to help FATA returnees rebuild their livelihoods and increase their chances of obtaining employment. Using financial support from the governments of the United Kingdom and Japan, this initiative successfully imparted demand-oriented vocational skills to 625 youth—300 women, 325 men—in Bara, Khyber Agency. The three-month training was arranged locally and took place at the Dogra Technical Training Centre in Bara.

  • Training for a better future
    Jan 16, 2017

    Syed Asif Ali, aged 19 from Ladha, a tehsil in South Waziristan Agency was among 74 young people who successfully completed a three-month hospitality management training programme financed by the Government of the United Kingdom. The programme comprised 45 days of theoretical learning and 45 days of practical training.

  • The Suppliers Development Programme in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
    Jan 16, 2017

    The Buner Valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) is known for its rich mineral resources, notably marble, a thriving economic sector that has grown over the years. A recent estimate suggests that there are around 150 functional mining units in district Buner. Marble product manufacturers in other districts therefore rely heavily on suppliers in Buner for raw slabs and tiles. Manufacturers’ demand for high-quality products has created intense competition among mining units.

  • Road to the future
    Dec 21, 2016

    For as long as they could remember, the 6,000 residents of Dad Sirosar had been effectively cut off from the rest of the world. Although located just 38 km from Mingora, a major city in Malakand Division of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, there was no access road linking the village, and the harsh terrain meant that reaching even the nearest hospital or school was a challenge.

  • Swat revival
    Dec 21, 2016

    Military operations in Swat district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) finally eliminated militants from the valley in 2009. Over 1.6 million of the 2.2 million people displaced had returned home by August, hoping to rebuild their lives. The very next year, however, saw devastating floods in the region. The flood waters receded, leaving much of the reconstruction work undone. Basic infrastructure such as roads linking villages to main arteries, streets, culverts, small bridges and irrigation channels had been damaged, placing new obstacles in the way of communities wishing to rebuild.

  • Changing lives
    Dec 21, 2016

    With financial assistance from the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD), UNDP implemented the rehabilitation of Ziarat link road in Shin in 2016. Today, a smooth, new road starts from the centre of Shin, passes through various hamlets up to the main road, connecting the local people to the market and basic social services.

  • Rehabilitating irrigation systems through community engagement
    Nov 4, 2016

    The people of village Murghiband found their two-kilometre irrigation system filled with silt and severely damaged upon their return to South Waziristan Agency. Those working in agriculture and livestock would likely be most severely affected. Supported by UNDP and the FATA Secretariat, the Poverty Alliance and Welfare Trust (PAWT) approached returning temporarily dislocated persons (TDPs) to discuss rehabilitation works.

  • A new beginning for Shahnaz
    Nov 4, 2016

    Shahnaz, a 32-year-old widow and her family of seven are among thousands of internally displaced person (IDP) families who lost their house, possessions and livelihoods upon their return to Bara, Khyber Agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).