Our Stories

  • A new beginning for Shahnaz
    Oct 20, 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).

  • 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.