UNDP’s programme strategy in Pakistan is focused on Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), given the disproportionate incidence of development challenges facing these areas. In Balochistan, which faces immense challenges from under-development, we helped the provincial government build an institutional structure for a new local government and rural development department. With our assistance and training to provincial officials and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), Balochistan became the first province to complete a full cycle of local elections which are crucial for the future of poverty reduction.

UNDP Sub-office

The UNDP Sub-office in Balochistan was established in 2014. Our experts sit side-by-side with government counterparts, and help to devise appropriate and sustainable solutions to the problems they face. In 2014, we undertook a consultation between policymakers, civil society and academics on the provincial budget. Of the 15 recommendations which emerged, 9 were included in the Balochistan provincial budget.

Our Work in Balochistan

Our experts sit side-by-side with government counterparts, and help to devise appropriate and sustainable solutions to the problems they face.more

Our Stories

Community constructs wall to protect against floods in Pishin, Balochistan province

Frigid winters and searing summers characterise the climate of Balochistan, sometimes making the area inhospitable. However, Balochistan is blessed with a unique environment for fruit production.more 

Programmes that support sustainable growth and improve employment opportunities must be given priority to prevent the province becoming one of the poorest regions of the country
UNDP restores nursery to increase employment opportunities in Balochistan

Balochistan’s economic development has always been a massive challenge.  The province is rich in important natural resources such as minerals, and is known for its agriculture,more 

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 

“We are more aware of our surroundings and I haven’t felt this productive in my entire life,” Muhammad Jaan. Photo: UNDP Pakistan/Huma Akram
Paving the Way for Women Empowerment

For the first time in her 103 years, Muhammad Jaan feels productive and actively takes part in her village community meetings. She is one of themore 

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Projects and Initiatives

  • This project aims at ensuring peaceful coexistence of Afghan refugees, who are well documented, with the local communities until the situation in Afghanistan becomes conducive to their return. The programme, which also aims at strengthening the Government of Pakistan's governance and public service delivery, has been primarily developed to improve the living standard of more than one million Pakistanis who have hosted or are still hosting Afghan refugees. more 

  • 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 

  • 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 

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