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  • Piloting private sector investment to protect KP communities against disasterAug 24, 2016As communities around the world begin to experience the impacts of climate change and face recurrent disasters, there has been increasing awareness of the importance of disaster risk reduction (DRR) – taking action to reduce vulnerabilities and exposure and developing more resilient communities. Moreover, since climate change and disasters affect every aspect of life, there is growing understanding that building resilience requires participation from all members of society, including individuals, private and public organizations, civil society and government.

  • Cost-sharing agreement between UNDP and Balochistan government ensures continued assistance for refugee affected areasAug 18, 2016The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Balochistan today signed a cost-sharing agreement worth PKR 100 million to provide assistance and support to impoverished areas which have experienced the social, economic and environmental impacts of hosting refugees from Afghanistan since 1979.

  • UNDP Pakistan launches the Suppliers Development Programme to support SMEs in Khyber PakhtunkhwaAug 17, 2016A new development project aiming to improve the productivity, efficiency, product quality, and product delivery of small and medium scale enterprises was launched today in Peshawar by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pakistan, the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, and the Small and Medium Enterprise Development Authority (SMEDA).

  • On International Youth Day, young people showcase their work through UNDPAug 12, 2016Young people from some of Karachi’s most troubled neighbourhoods came together to celebrate International Youth Day as part of a project led by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to train them in employable skills and offer opportunities to achieve financial independence. On this occasion, UNDP Pakistan collaborated with the Memon Industrial & Technical Institute and Technical Vocational Education and Training Institutes to showcase handmade dresses, bags and other goods

  • Development partners visit UNDP Pakistan project providing jobs for Karachi youthAug 8, 2016An international group of high-ranking diplomats and development officials visited UNDP Pakistan’s Youth Employment Project, which empowers young people in Karachi’s most sensitive areas. The delegates including representatives from Japan, Norway and the United States of America, visited a major denim factory, Artistic Milliners, and the Sindh Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) Institute in Korangi. Through a collaboration with UNDP Pakistan, these organizations train young people based on the needs of potential employers in the textile industry and provide them with routes to employment.

  • New prospects for growth and learning for small businesses in Balochistan and KPJul 28, 2016Inclusive markets are a way of building vibrant economies in which the poor and marginalized groups, such as women and young people, participate actively in building a prosperous society. In 2003, UNDP created the Suppliers Development Programme (SDP) in Mexico to develop such markets. The successful initiative spread to other countries across Latin America, including El Salvador, Honduras, Haiti and Colombia. Now, Pakistan is the first country in Asia to replicate this initiative, guided by the SDP management team of El Salvador, in an important example of cooperation between countries of the Global South.

  • Islamabad conference declares: improve access to justice through community-based paralegal servicesJul 26, 2016Government officials, paralegals, and international and national representatives came together today to issue the Islamabad Declaration on Community Based Paralegals, affirming the important role that paralegals play in resolving conflicts within communities. This declaration came at the end of a major conference in Islamabad co-hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Rural Support Programmes Network.

  • A way forward for climate change financingJul 18, 2016During the summer of 2015, two natural disasters struck at opposite ends of Pakistan. In Karachi, a massive heatwave, with temperatures exceeding 44 degrees, took more than 1,200 lives. In Chitral, several valleys were hit by sudden glacial lake outburst floods which washed away roads, crops and homes. As climate change takes grip across the world, such extreme events are becoming more common and more severe, with implications in every aspect of life, from agriculture to energy.

  • UNDP helps bring climate change into the Federal Budget for 2016–2017Jun 20, 2016Pakistan ranks 10th in the world in terms of long-term risks due to climate change. With its high rate of multidimensional poverty, and a large proportion of the population dependent on agriculture for their livelihoods, it is essential that the effects of climate change be part of every aspect of policy and planning. Now, for the first time in Pakistan’s history, climate change has become an integral part of the national budget through its inclusion in the Budget in Brief.

  • Pakistan’s new poverty index reveals that 4 out of 10 Pakistanis live in multidimensional povertyJun 20, 2016Pakistan’s first ever official report on multidimensional poverty was today launched by the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform. The report details Pakistan’s official Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) which was earlier published in the Economic Survey of Pakistan 2015–2016. The report has been compiled with technical support from UNDP Pakistan and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), University of Oxford.

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