Our Stories

  • UNDP helps build drinking water facility at Tirah Valley, in FATA

    Valley Tirah is a part of the Bara sub-division of Khyber Agency in FATA. The Maidan area of Tirah is located at its convergence with Kuram and Orakzai agencies. It also borders Nangarhar Afghanistan in the north. The whole Valley is covered by green hills and huge pine trees. There are more than 200,000 people living in Maidan Tirah and Malik Din Khel is a major tribe in the region representing more than 50 percent of the total population.

  • New skills and better jobs benefit Karachi youth

    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

    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

    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

    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.

  • UNDP supported skills training programme gives women of FATA options and alternatives

    For the past year I have been a women’s social organiser with the Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas (RAHA) Programme in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). I had an opportunity to visit the Khyber Agency and hear the voices and the concerns of tribal women, the least heard segment of this society.

  • Youth and Social Cohesion Project story 2

    Ayesha 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 Industry

    In 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.

  • Return of Peace and Hope in Swat

    Once popularly known for its breath-taking beauty, the valley of Swat has suffered from some complex crisis situations over the last couple of years at the hands of the militants. The rise and reign of militancy in Swat had several adverse ramifications. It took a heavy toll on the people and area. Tourism, a previously thriving business, withered away due to insecurity and upheaval. The once mesmerizing valleys of Swat lost its charm and appeal in the eyes of the world.

  • Rehabilitation 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.