Our Stories

  • 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.

  • Road to the future
    Nov 28, 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
    Nov 28, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”