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  • First woman school teacher from village Bejowra, Swat
    Mar 13, 2017

    Shazia, a Bejowra resident, took advantage of the new road. She became the first woman to accept a teaching job in a neighbouring village now accessible by the new road. A mere 20 minutes away, the village children and she walk every day to a school where enrolment has increased because of the road.

  • Theatre performance in Dera Ismail Khan
    Mar 13, 2017

    The play, ‘Mela’ focused on the revival of a local festival in Dera Ismail Khan after it was called off due to militant threats. The performance highlighted youth roles in developing a counter-narrative of peace, tolerance and inclusivity in a conflict-affected area. It also underscored the need for collective action and engagement with relevant government authorities in addressing conflicting interests and local development problems

  • Fighting inequality
    Mar 13, 2017

    “If you are determined to achieve something, success is destined however big the challenge may be.” says Safia, Lady Constable with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Police from Charsadda who has been deployed in Swat, an area that was severely affected by military conflict. The past few decades of conflict had adverse consequences because of insecurity

  • Nazra’s sewing business in village Pak Ismail Khel, Bannu
    Feb 27, 2017

    Patriarchal family systems are normal in conservative areas like Bannu and women’s mobility is restricted to the domestic space. While a complete transition is difficult and time-consuming, culturally sensitive development interventions can play a key role in creating spaces for young women to emerge as sources of economic support for their families, consequently expanding their roles beyond the domestic sphere. Nazra, a 28-year old resident of village Pak Ismail Khel in Bannu presents an example.

  • Building inclusive livelihoods
    Jan 19, 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.”

  • 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.

  • The Suppliers Development Programme in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
    Jan 16, 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.

  • 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.