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  • 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.

  • Road to the future
    Dec 21, 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
    Dec 21, 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.

  • Changing lives
    Dec 21, 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.