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  • 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

  • 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).

  • Conflict resolution in villages Garha Jutt and Garha Dasti of Dera Ismail Khan
    Nov 4, 2016

    Community mobilization forms the backbone of all locally embedded development interventions under the Youth and Social Cohesion Project (YSCP). The formation of village-level community organizations allows community members to oversee the work being done by the YSCP. The initiative has been instrumental in creating a cohort of young leaders capable of taking UNDP’s development agenda forward after the organization’s withdrawal from project areas.

  • 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.