Pakistan and China share expertise on climate change fiscal management
Sep 9, 2016
Officials from Pakistan’s Ministries of Finance and Climate Change, the Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD), and members of the Chinese Academy of Fiscal Sciences (CAFS) today concluded four days of discussions in Islamabad and Lahore. These talks, facilitated by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and funded by the United Kingdom Department for International Development, provided a unique opportunity for better understanding of how budgeting and financial management can be improved in view of the increasing impacts of climate change in both countries.
UNDP Pakistan signs partnership with SMEDA to help at-risk youth run their own businesses
Sep 8, 2016
The Youth Employment Project at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pakistan signed a partnership with the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) to provide entrepreneurial skills training to youth in the neighbourhoods of Lyari, Korangi and Sultanabad in Karachi. These youth do not usually possess the skills to earn livelihoods given their limited education and means. UNDP is therefore providing garment manufacturing skills to help them find work in garment-related trades, although the majority of young women and men continue to struggle to find employment. SMEDA and UNDP are responding to this challenge by helping young people become self-employed.
Second Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) consultative meeting in Muzaffarabad. Azad Jammu and Kashmir
Sep 8, 2016
The second Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) consultative meeting was held on 8 September 2016 in Muzaffarabad in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). The chief guest, Raja Muhammad Farooq Haider Khan, Prime Minister, AJK and a panel of esteemed guests came together to initiate dialogue and explore sustainable energy ideas for AJK. The meeting explored the issues, challenges and plausibility of implementing a region-wide sustainable energy programme.
Piloting private sector investment to protect KP communities against disaster
Aug 24, 2016
As 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 areas
Aug 18, 2016
The 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 Pakhtunkhwa
Aug 17, 2016
A 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 UNDP
Aug 12, 2016
Young 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 youth
Aug 8, 2016
An 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 KP
Jul 28, 2016
Inclusive 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 services
Jul 26, 2016
Government 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.