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  • Building inclusive livelihoods
    Jan 18, 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.”

  • Drawing down difference
    Jan 18, 2017

    In recent years, Dera Ismail Khan district of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province has seen increasing sectarianism leading to violence amongst once close-knit communities. In urban Dera Ismail Khan, target killings of people belonging to religious minorities had brought sorrow, fear and hostility to communities that had long lived in peace.

  • 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.

  • Amelia Rubin’s Journey
    Jan 4, 2017

    Amelia is a certified volunteer community-based paralegal associated with the Community Development Programme (CDP) in Bannu, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and a bachelor’s student at the Kohat University of Science and Technology.

  • Promoting hygiene and health in Kharoro Syed, Umarkot
    Jan 4, 2017

    Umarkot was known for the fact that more than 80 percent of its rural population practiced open defecation, exacerbating water-borne diseases like diarrhoea. This meant families were spending abnormally large amounts of money on medication.

  • The Suppliers Development Programme in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
    Jan 4, 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.

  • Improving the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police’s service delivery
    Dec 20, 2016

    Violent conflict in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) often meant frequent attacks on Police installations which in turn led to their fortification. This protected the personnel within but may have presented an intimidating look to the public, discouraging people from lodging complaints or seeking Police assistance. The concept of model Police stations (MPS) was therefore introduced by the Inspector General of Police of KP in 2014 to make the Police more accessible to the public. The central idea was to convert existing Police stations into ‘models’ that offered better services and a people-friendly environment.

  • Empowering women Police Officers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
    Dec 20, 2016

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) commenced the Strengthening Rule of Law project (SRLP) in 2012 in post-crisis Malakand Division, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). The project supports institutions tasked with ensuring the rule of law to help them provide quality justice that is accessible, affordable and fair, and by extension, to foster trust between communities and justice providers. A key component of this support was the European Union (EU)-funded 14-bed women’s dormitory and childcare facility at the Regional Training Centre (RTC) in Swat, which was inaugurated in November 2016. The RTC itself was established with support from the Government of the Netherlands, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Government of KP.

  • Changing lives
    Nov 28, 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.

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