Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA

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. We work with communities and the government officials of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA to help them achieve sustainable development goals by finding long term development solutions and fostering resilience and recovery from crises and conflicts. UNDP is also working to better support the provincial governments in the post-18th amendment setting.

UNDP Sub-office

The UNDP Sub office in Peshawar was established in 2014. UNDP has a strong presence in KP and FATA, with numerous ongoing initiatives which cover all of UNDP’s programmatic units. As part of an ongoing programme of assistance for governance reform in Pakistan, UNDP will provide technical assistance to the FATA Reforms Commission to improve monitoring and support access to justice. We will also work with the Government of KP province to identify development solutions to the challenges facing FATA.

Our Work in KP and FATA

As provinces assume increasing responsibilities, UNDP has continued to support them. 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 of Change

Badam Zari, the first woman to contest for the National Assembly seat from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. Photo: UNDP Pakistan
The first-ever woman candidate contesting in general elections from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas

"I decided to serve the people of FATA to the best of my ability," said Badam Zari, National Assembly Candidate from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.more 

Attia Bhutto, Master Trainer for the Elections Results Management System, trains the staff for the General Elections
Women Master Trainers Provide Training on the New Elections Results Management System

"Women always face barriers when working in a society which does not encourage them to accomplish or carry out their roles as equal citizens. To makemore 

Zameer training the staff of the Election Commission of Pakistan for polling in the general elections. Photo: UNDP Pakistan/Tehseen Owais
Women taking the lead in training staff for the general elections

"Our vote is our voice. If we do not vote, we will not get the leadership that we need to reduce inflation, eradicate poverty and providemore 

Riffat Rehmani, presiding officer for the general elections, takes part in training of polling staff for presiding and assistant presiding officers. Photo: UNDP Pakistan/Torsum Khan
Women Presiding Officers Prepare for the General Elections

"These elections are crucial for Pakistan's democracy. We will perform our duties honestly and with utmost determination. I hope the caretaker government supports us on 11 Maymore 

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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 province. The project 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 

  • 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 

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