What We Do

We are on the ground in 177 countries including Pakistan, working with governments and people on local solutions to global and national development challenges. UNDP Pakistan is a key development partner supporting the Government of Pakistan in achieving its own development objectives as well as the internationally agreed, anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Our Goals

The goal of UNDP is to support the successive national and provincial governments in Pakistan in the formulation of national strategies and policies and their effective implementation. UNDP Pakistan does this through supporting the capacity development of institutions, strengthening community mobilization, assisting early recovery from disasters and internal displacements, reducing poverty, ensuring gender equity, improving environmental and climate change management, advocating and supporting equitable income generation policies and empowering legislatures and parliament.

UNDP in Pakistan

We work collectively with the Government and people of Pakistan, developing and supporting nationally-driven solutions to poverty reduction and improving livelihoods and resilience. Our work encompasses four thematic areas: Democratic Governance; Crisis Prevention & Recovery; Environment & Climate Change; Poverty Reduction and Development Policies. We are working countrywide with a particular focus on Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces. more

Our Stories

Empowering Women
Community Policing was introduced in Malakand district to help increase citizens’ confidence in their interactions with police.

The First Woman Police Master Trainer in KP Province

“When I joined the police force, my uncle told me not to enter the village in uniform, saying he will feel embarrassed telling people his niecemore 

Zia Ud Din, a graduate student in Economics and Finance, was one of the first winners of the UNDP-HEC Federalism Fellowship.

UNDP-Higher Education Commission Fellowships helping students realize their dreams

“I belong to a province where development indicators have not shown any substantive progress, so I intend to go back and work on social development asmore 

With support from the European Union, more than 80 percent girls in the village in Balochistan have been enrolled after rehabilitation of the school. Photo: UNDP Pakistan

Women's Organisation brings education to girls in Balochistan

“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, inmore 

UNDP is supporting efforts to reduce the risk of flash floods from glacial lake outbursts in high risk areas of Gilgit and Chitral districts.

Communities work together to reduce the risk of flash floods in Northern Pakistan

Bindo Gol is a remote valley located 65 kilometers northwest of Chitral town in Northern Pakistan. For the past ten years, climate change induced disasters have takenmore 

View More

Projects and Initiatives

  • Strengthening Electoral and Legislative Processes

    The project was set up following a request by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to the United Nations for electoral assistance. The project takes an electoral cycle approach supporting the periods before, during and after elections. The two phases of the project are Phase I: pre-elections and elections and Phase II: post-elections. more 

  • Strengthening Rule of Law in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province

    The project is assisting in promoting the rule of law through provision of support to the justice and security sectors in Malakand, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province. The rule of law programme aims to improve and deepen on-going efforts to secure peace and stabilization through enhancing justice and sectarian processes. Assistance is being provided for institutional and capacity development to rule of law institutions to ensure effective and speedy provision of justice and security services. more 

  • Reducing Risks & Vulnerabilities from Glacial Lake Outburst Floods

    In Partnership with the Ministry of Climate Change and Pakistan Metrological department, Government of Pakistan, the project seeks to develop the human and technical capacity of public institutions & local communities to understand and address immediate glacial lake outburst flood risks in Gilgit & Chitral District. A glacial lake outburst flood is a type of outburst flood that occurs when the dam containing a glacial lake fails. more 

  • Fostering Resilient Communities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

    The project aims to promote peace building and social cohesion in crisis affected areas through the rehabilitation of community basic infrastructure and to improve access of affected communities to basic services and facilities by restoring and rehabilitating community physical infrastructure.more 

  • Disaster Risk Management Support

    Due to the crucial need for mainstreaming disaster risk reduction in Pakistan, the project was initiated to support the government and other stakeholders in drafting a five year programme under the UN One Programme-II (OP-II). The project aims to formulate a disaster risk management programme and provide operational and technical support to the national, provincial and district disaster management authorities. more 

  • Sustainable Land Management to Combat Desertification

    The project aims to combat land degradation & desertification in Pakistan in order to protect and restore degraded ecosystems and essential ecosystem services that are key to reducing poverty. Phase-I has been designed to implement United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and for combating land degradation & desertification in Pakistan with the involvement of key stakeholders. more 

  • Decentralization and Local Governance

    The project is aiming to contribute to strengthening the democratic processes and institutions at the federal, provincial and local levels that are responsive and accountable to citizens, and effective in equitable service delivery.more 

View all projects