Our Stories

  • Musa Zai makeover - Groomed for successAug 29, 2016Musa Zai makeover - Groomed for success“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!”

  • Young women in conflict zones create opportunities for work and enjoymentAug 1, 2016Young women in conflict zones create opportunities for work and enjoyment“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, 2016After years of insecurity, a traditional fair brings DI Khan togetherEvery 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 allAug 1, 2016Through collective action, a village brings clean water to allCommunity 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 UNDPAug 1, 2016Abdul Majeed works to improve his village with assistance from UNDPThe 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, 2016Education for all“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 EmpowermentAug 1, 2016Paving the Way for Women EmpowermentFor 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 StitchesAug 1, 2016Seamstress StitchesRukhsana, 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 VillagersAug 1, 2016Rehabilitation of a Link Road Makes Life Easier for Villagers“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 youthAug 1, 2016New skills and better jobs benefit Karachi youthThe 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 FATAAug 1, 2016Clean water quenches thirst in FATAThe 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 PakistanAug 1, 2016Women lead efforts to reduce the risk of disaster in northern PakistanIn 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 1Aug 1, 2016Youth and Social Cohesion Project story 1D.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.

  • Youth and Social Cohesion Project story 2Aug 1, 2016Youth and Social Cohesion Project story 2Ayesha Bibi is a 35 year old resident of Garha Sheikh, one of the most deprived and underdeveloped villages in D.I. Khan, undermined by a complete absence of basic facilities like schools, health centres and until recently, electricity.

  • Youth Employment Project in the Garment IndustryAug 1, 2016Youth Employment Project in the Garment IndustryIn a downtrodden neighborhood of Karachi, Aneela Raza lives with her family of five. In spite of residing in the city of lights, her life has been struck with enormous darkness. When she was 16, her father fell sick and needed dialysis treatment. He could not work and what her elder brother managed to earn was entirely spent in the treatment.