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  • 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.

  • 23 Oct 2014
    UNDP official advocates participatory budget at local level

    KARACHI: United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Pakistan, launched its third issue of 'Development Advocate Pakistan: on the theme of the Political Economy of the Budget' at a local hotel here on Thursday.

  • 23 Oct 2014
    Foreign help: Displaced persons of North Waziristan to get job training

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) plan to impart employable skills training and employment facilitation to 200 women and men from North Waziristan Agency who are temporarily residing in Bannu District due to the ongoing military operation in the agency.

  • 22 Oct 2014
    UNDP and ILO will Impart Employable Skills to North-Waziristan Families

    UNDP and ILO will impart employable skills training and employment facilitation to 200 women and men from North-Waziristan Agency who are temporarily residing in District Bannu due to ongoing ‘Operation Zarb-e-Azab’. An agreement between the two UN Agencies was signed today in Islamabad under UNDP’s ‘Community Resilience Project for NWA Displaced Families’.

  • 18 Oct 2014
    Germany, UNDP partner to support displaced persons

    ISLAMABAD: German Ambassador to Pakistan Cyrill Nunn and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Country Director in Pakistan Marc Andre Franche signed an agreement of one million euros at the German Embassy here on Friday to support the rehabilitation and return of displaced persons from the North Waziristan Agency of FATA.

  • 18 Oct 2014
    Germany, UNDP pledge 1m euros for IDPs

    ISLAMABAD: Germ­any and the United Nations Development Prog­­r­­a­mme (UNDP) have pledged 1million euros for return and rehabilitation of Internally Displaced Persons of North Waziristan.

  • 17 Oct 2014
    Germany and UNDP partner to support rehabilitation and return of displaced persons from FATA

    The partnership between Germany and UNDP aims to help the provincial and district authorities to manage the emergency situation and prepare for the return and rehabilitation process. The measures will directly benefit the affected people by working with both the displaced persons and the host communities to improve social cohesion, access to basic services and increase livelihood opportunities. The acquired skills will make the displaced persons more self-reliant during the displacement period and give them the means to participate actively in the return and rehabilitation phase.

  • 17 Oct 2014
    Germany, UNDP partners to support IDPs with 1mn euros

    ISLAMABAD: Cyrill Nunn, German Ambassador to Pakistan, and Marc-Andre Franche, Country Director of UNDP in Pakistan here on Friday signed an agreement of 1 million euros at the German Embassy to support the rehabilitation and return of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of North Waziristan Agency.

  • 16 Oct 2014
    UNDP highlights the Role of Technology in Strengthening Democracy in Pakistan

    In collaboration with the Government of Australia and the European Union, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organized a three-day conference on the role of technology in strengthening democracy.

  • 14 Oct 2014
    Opening Remarks UNDP Conference: The Role of Technology in Strengthening Democracy: Opportunities and Challenges

    On behalf of UNDP, I am delighted to welcome you all here today. We have an exciting agenda lined up for the next three days - debating how technology can play a role in enhancing the transparency, effectiveness and critically, public confidence, in democratic institutions and processes.

  • 03 Oct 2014
    Technology and Strengthening Democracy: Opportunities and Challenges

    Inspirational examples from Pakistan and around the world of pioneering approaches to improve civic participation, strengthen governance, and ensure electoral integrity, will be a central feature of this event, enriching the discussion on the potential for modern technology to be leveraged to enhance governance standards in Pakistan.

  • 01 Oct 2014
    Seeking assistance: Govt to stage donors’ conference for flood relief

    ISLAMABAD: The government has decided to host a donors’ conference to secure the assistance of international lending agencies for rehabilitation and reconstruction in parts of the country devastated by the recent monsoon floods

  • 01 Oct 2014
    Dar reviews flood relief, rescue activities

    Wednesday, October 01, 2014 - Islamabad—The Federal Minister for Finance Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar chaired the 3rd meeting to review the flood situation and relief and rescue activities, at the Finance Ministry Tuesday, in which he was given a presentation on Multi Sector Initial Rapid Assessment (MIRA) which outlines the initial estimates of the damages caused by the floods in the areas of Punjab, AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan.

  • 01 Oct 2014
    Govt to hold donors moot to seek funds

    ISLAMABAD - Pakistan would hold a donors conference soon to seek international financing for the rehabilitation of the flood affected areas of the country, as the floods have destroyed the crops, livestock and infrastructure

  • 01 Oct 2014
    Dar directs PDMA to work for restoration of floods-damaged schools

    ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar directed the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) to work for the restoration of damaged schools, ensure availability of instructional staff and provision of classroom materials.

  • 29 Sep 2014
    Development Matters - September 2014

    The launch of the Global Human Development Report 2014 in Pakistan on September 17 focused on addressing vulnerability and resilience for human development. The issue of vulnerability and resilience is unfortunately well known and interiorized by Pakistanis.

  • 26 Sep 2014
    New Regional Police Training Centre strengthens Rule of Law in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

    Democratic governance depends on the respect and enforcement of the rule of law. To ensure this, UNDP assists the judiciary, and supports legal aid and citizens’ access to justice. In partnership with the KP Government, the Netherlands and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, UNDP is strengthening rule of law through community and institutional level interventions. A joint mission of international development partners visited Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province and interacted with the communities in Swat and Peshawar.

  • 24 Sep 2014
    HEC-UNDP Fellowship Programme

    The Higher Education Commission in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched the Indigenous HEC-UNDP Fellowship program which offered 12 fellowships to scholars interested in undertaking research on (i) Federalism & Inter-Governmental Relations in Pakistan, (ii) 18th Constitutional Amendment, (iii) Fiscal Federalism and (iv) Decentralization & Local Government in Pakistani HEC recognized Universities/Degree Awarding Institutes.

  • 24 Sep 2014
    Experts call for concrete actions on climate change in Pakistan

    In a prequel to the Global Climate Change Summit hosted by the UN Secretary-General on Tuesday in New York, experts gathered in Islamabad for the Climate Summit Pakistan on Monday. The event brought together representatives of academia, international organizations, government, the private sector and civil society to discuss Pakistan’s vulnerability to climate change and to some of its extreme manifestations like floods and droughts.