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  • Youth of FATA receive training in business management skills
    Oct 14, 2016

    “The five days training was very useful. I have applied the knowledge from the training to our business, which has resulted in improved quality of sandals and introduction of new designs. The monthly income from my shop has also improved and I am expecting more, once the market gets fully functional in Bara.”, said Shahid Noor.

  • Musa Zai makeover - Groomed for success
    Sep 26, 2016

    “Success is not the key to happiness; happiness is the key to success, says Hadiya Khan, an 18 year old woman in Musa Zai Sharif, a small village in Dera Ismail Khan district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. “If you love what you do then you are definitely going to be successful!”

  • Building the SME sector: Investing in supplier development
    Sep 5, 2016

    UNDP implemented the Supplier Development Programme (SDP) to work with the aforementioned enterprises to increase product efficiency and quality and improve goods and services delivery times. SDP provides solutions to match the strategic requirements of lead companies, thereby promoting a more formal business approach and pushing best management practices, operations and communications. SDP also helps companies incorporate technological improvements, teamwork, business integration and associative practices, encouraging development and long-term sustainability.

  • Young women in conflict zones create opportunities for work and enjoyment
    Aug 1, 2016

    “In the past seven years, I had only attended a few wedding ceremonies,” says Tahira Luqman. She continues, “Women in my village don’t get many opportunities to step out of their homes and enjoy themselves.”

  • After years of insecurity, a traditional fair brings DI Khan  together
    Aug 1, 2016

    Every year, thousands of people from around Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Punjab, Balochistan and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) used to stream to the town of Dera Ismail (DI) Khan in KP province. They brought with them the expectation of sharing their culture, selling their wares and making business connections. Most of all they came to the Mela Aspan festival to enjoy themselves.

  • Through collective action, a village brings clean water to all
    Aug 1, 2016

    Community mobilization forms an integral component of the Youth and Social Cohesion Project (YSCP), a UNDP initiative to implement inclusive and sustainable development interventions in some of most underdeveloped parts of Southern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

  • Abdul Majeed works to improve his village with assistance from UNDP
    Aug 1, 2016

    The day I arrived in Quetta, I met with the field team that would accompany me to the villages where UNDP Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas (RAHA) is working. After a brief introductory session, I asked the social mobiliser if he could find someone interesting for me to write about.

  • Education for all
    Aug 1, 2016

    “I want to become a teacher after completing my education,” says 9-year old Kulsoom, a student of fifth grade in the Government Girls Primary School, in Killi Sardar Nabi Bux, a village in Balochistan province. Her friend Nazima, 10, wants to become a doctor and serve her community.

  • Paving the Way for Women Empowerment
    Aug 1, 2016

    For the first time in her 103 years, Muhammad Jaan feels productive and actively takes part in her village community meetings. She is one of the most elderly Women Community Organization members and lives in a small village Padhana, district Haripur. For her, this village is synonymous to her life.

  • Seamstress Stitches
    Aug 1, 2016

    Rukhsana, 40, lives in the Malikyar village in District Haripur with her husband and four children. When her husband was laid off from a local factory, they relied on the support of their extended family. As a result, Rukhsana decided to become financially independent and started sewing clothes for her neighbours.

  • Rehabilitation of a Link Road Makes Life Easier for Villagers
    Aug 1, 2016

    “I had to carry fire word and dry straw on my shoulders that was extremely difficult to manage. I use my wheel barrow now. Rebuilding of this road has not only provided me relief but also saved my time. Now I give more time to my studies,” said Rahmat Ali, a student of grade five.

  • New skills and better jobs benefit Karachi youth
    Aug 1, 2016

    The Youth Employment Project trains young people and helps find them employment in the city’s flourishing garment industry, lifting them from economic precarity. These are two of their stories.

  • Clean water quenches thirst in FATA
    Aug 1, 2016

    The Khyber Agency, in the north of Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), has suffered from numerous problems for decades. Not least of these is the fact that many residents lack access to clean drinking water as a result of a prolonged energy crisis and the scarcity of surface water throughout the region.

  • Women lead efforts to reduce the risk of disaster in northern Pakistan
    Aug 1, 2016

    In the past months, 35-year-old Fauzia Tabbassum has taken on a crucial role in protecting the safety of the residents of Singhoor, her home village in Pakistan’s remote mountainous north. She is the deputy chair of the Village Disaster Management Committee established by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the mountain village of Singhoor, and has undergone training in assessing and responding to disasters.

  • Youth and Social Cohesion Project story 1
    Aug 1, 2016

    D.I. Khan District is one of the most underdeveloped and impoverished areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan. The dismal socio-economic indicators in the area are further compounded by a volatile security situation due to the district’s proximity to the restive Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) which, over the years, have become a hub of militancy and terrorism in Pakistan.