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  • A young adult rejects violence
    Apr 10, 2017

    “I saw a six-year-old boy get shot by accident during a gang fight on a street in Lyari” says Haris Usman Ghani, narrating his heartbreaking experience. Belonging to Lyari, one of Karachi’s most violent areas, he was almost in tears when he shared his story. Threats, violence and frequent strikes in his neighborhood forced his family to shut down their small boutique. This resulted in an unending deficit and overdue loans.

  • Community mobilization to install solar water supply in D.I.Khan
    Apr 3, 2017

    In village Ruknao in union council Zandani of Dera Ismail Khan, people’s use of contaminated canal water resulted in the spread of water-borne diseases. UNDP worked in 2016 under the Youth and Social Cohesion Project (YSCP) to complete a tube well installation project. UNDP provided a solar water pump that local community members incorporated into their construction of a water storage tank.

  • Women lawyers take the lead in Swat
    Apr 3, 2017

    Ever since she was a child, Samreen Hakeem’s ambition had been to become a lawyer. Growing up in Swat district of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, she observed how the women around her needed to be made aware of their basic rights. Yet, with virtually no trained female lawyers – and few educated women generally – accessing legal advice, and then acting on it, was a distant dream in this highly segregated society.

  • 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.

  • USAID and UNDP Partner Up to Provide Employment Training to Karachi’s Vulnerable Youth
    Feb 21, 2017

    The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) held an awards ceremony today for 200 young women and men trained under the joint Youth Employment Project. The project provides training and job opportunities in the garment industry to young women and men from conflictridden and marginalized areas of Karachi. To date, the project has trained over 7,000 people in garment-manufacturing skills and provided job opportunities to more than 4,000 youth.

  • 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.