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  • 05 Dec 2014
    UNV Pakistan celebrates International Volunteer Day

    UNV in Pakistan marked the International Volunteer Day (IVD) 2014 in Islamabad on 5 December. The event was jointly organized by UNV Pakistan, UNAIDS and ILO to commemorate the International Volunteer Day and World AIDS Day. The event, held at the ILO auditorium, aimed to recognize the contribution of UN Volunteers and encourage people for volunteerism in Pakistan. It also discussed the needs of legal reframe work on volunteerism by sensitizing the policy makers, local representatives and other key stakeholders through building partnerships.

  • 04 Dec 2014
    Multi-dimensional Poverty Index: concept, measurement and policy relevance

    The Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE) and UNDP jointly organized the Mahbub-ul-Haq memorial lecture at the 30th Annual Conference of the Pakistan Society of Development Economists. The year’s theme is Poverty, Inequality and Economic Growth. The memorial lecture takes place every year in recognition of the work of the renowned economist, Dr. Mahbub-ul-Haq who introduced the concept of human development in the first UNDP Human Development Report (HDR) in 1990. Dr. Sabina Alkire, director, Oxford Policy and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) gave the memorial lecture on the Multi-dimensional Poverty Index (MPI). The session was chaired by Marc-André Franche, UNDP Pakistan country director.

  • 03 Dec 2014
    Switzerland and UNDP partner to support FATA’s displaced people

    Matthias Weingart, the director of Cooperation Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in Pakistan, and Marc-André Franche, UNDP Pakistan country director, signed an agreement for US$1.05 million to improve the living conditions and livelihoods of 200,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and the IDP hosting communities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

  • 02 Dec 2014
    Protection walls built in Chitral valley prone to glacial outbursts

    CHITRAL: A UNDP-funded project has helped the people of Gohkir valley of upper Chitral to build protection walls on both sides of the Bindu Gol glacial lake and also established ‘safe centres’, having all basic life necessities to house the people in case of the glacial outburst during the summer season.

  • 01 Dec 2014
    Understanding the enablers of Institutional Integrity in the National Highway and Motorway Police of Pakistan

    The National Highway and Motorway Police (NH&MP) is considered to be the only corruption free public sector institution in Pakistan. The 2002 report of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), the country’s national anti-corruption body, notes, ““with regard to petty and middling corruption, the consensus has been that there is hardly an arm of Government which does not suffer acutely from corruption, with the exception of the Motorway Police.” The general public also perceives NH&MP a corruption free and clients’ friendly institution. So how was such an effective institution created in the backdrop of a very poor history of public service reforms in Pakistan and what are the lessons that could inform the discourse on public service excellence?

  • 25 Nov 2014
    Discussing federalism: Canadian, German federations a lesson for Pakistan

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan, Germany, Canada and America have certain similarities in their federalism but every society has its own problems and traditions. The spirit of federalism is fresh in Pakistan which needs debates among politicians to harmonise the system.

  • 22 Nov 2014
    Pashto poetry session for peace held in Swat

    MINGORA: The first ‘International Pashto Peace Poetry Session’ was held here on Friday at Wadudia Hall in Saidu Sharif, Swat, where poets from Pakistan and Afghanistan expressed their desire for lasting peace in the region through their poetry.

  • 22 Nov 2014
    World Peace Mushaira: A poetic homage to tranquility

    MINGORA: To reinforce the district’s perseverance in what has been a path of recovery from turbulent times over the last five years, Swat hosted a World Peace Mushaira on Friday.

  • 21 Nov 2014
    First International Pashto Poetry Festival Promotes Peace in Swat

    The first International Pashto Poetry Festival was held in Swat on 21 November. The event was jointly organized by the Swat district administration, the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), Provincial Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Settlement Authority (PARSA) and UNDP Pakistan. The festival, known as the Alami Pashto Aman Mushaera meaning the International Pashto Peace Session, brought together more than 55 renowned poets from Afghanistan, Indonesia, the United Arab Emirates and all of Pakistan’s provinces. Interest in the event was overwhelming, with the venue filled to capacity with more than 1500 people.

  • 20 Nov 2014
    Civil-military bureaucracy undermining 18th amendment

    Karachi: The civil-military bureaucracy is taking steps to undermine the effects of the 18th amendment and the past and present governments both have been guilty of several constitutional violations in this regard.

  • 19 Nov 2014
    CPNE media training: Disaster reporting lacks investigation, says expert

    KARACHI: Politicians look for the next elections not the next generation in the development process and, to make matters worse, reporters cannot care any less, said reporter and expert on disaster reporting Noreen Haider on Wednesday.

  • 17 Nov 2014
    TEDx Islamabad – a gathering of great minds!

    ISLAMABAD: TEDx Islamabad hosted a fabulous afternoon of technology, entertainment and design – a celebration of wonders, inspiration and dance of the minds – at the Awain-i-Quaid Auditorium in F-9 Park.

  • 17 Nov 2014
    8 Amazing Things I Learned From TEDx Islamabad 2014

    TEDx Islamabad was held in Aiwan-e-Quaid, Islamabad on Sunday (16th Nov, 2014). The event was arranged by Saad Hamid and Ahsan Mukhtar, two young and passionate friends from Isloo. Everything about the event was flawless, the management, the audience, the arrangements and on the top, the speakers.

  • 06 Nov 2014
    Japan assists Pakistan, WHO RAHA strengthens KP and FATA Health sector

    Islamabad: WHO RAHA program handed over ambulances, medical and diagnostic equipment to the health departments of KP and FATA donated by the people of Japan in a ceremony organized at the WHO country office in Islamabad. The ceremony was attended by senior officials from the federal and provincial governments, health development partners, UN agencies and the Embassy of Japan.

  • 28 Oct 2014
    18th Amendment: Study group to facilitate devolution process

    ISLAMABAD: The National Institute of Historical and Cultural Research (NIHCR) at Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) on Monday launched the Pakistan Study Group on Federalism in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

  • 25 Oct 2014
    Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa: CM vows to make province a development model

    ISLAMABAD: Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak has assured international development partners and donor agencies that the government will ensure transparency and quality in the execution of development projects to make the province a model for the country.

  • 24 Oct 2014
    CM meets donors in Islamabad today

    PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government is set to take stock of its development policy implementation in a high-level meeting to be held in Islamabad today (Friday). Chief Minister Pervez Khattak will chair the meeting, to be attended among others by bilateral and multilateral development partners, including the DFID, World Bank, ADB, USAID, Canada, EU, JICA, Germany and UN agencies.

  • 24 Oct 2014
    Asian female peace leaders honoured: UNDP to hold ceremony in Bangkok; winners come from six countries

    THE United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will honour female peace advocates from six Asian countries today at the N-Peace (Engage for Peace, Equality, Access, Community and Empowerment) Awards 2014.

  • 24 Oct 2014
    Development Advocate Pakistan: Not much thought goes into budget-making

    KARACHI: Did you know that the annual budget in Pakistan is debated in parliament for roughly 15-20 days while India’s legislature sets aside at least 75 days for the same job every year?

  • 24 Oct 2014
    Public participation in budget-making stressed

    KARACHI: Pakistan must test out the concept of participatory budgeting to give voice to the poor segments to enhance the effectiveness and impact of budgets, said a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) publication launched on Thursday.