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  • 17 Sep 2014
    Speech by Mr. Richard Montgomery, Head of DFID, on the launch of the Human Development Report 2014

    I am very pleased to be present at this launch of the UNDP 2014 Human Development Report. I am delighted to represent the UK Department for International Development (DFID) in expressing solidarity with the people of Pakistan, and to support—where possible—work to address the challenges raised in the Report.

  • 17 Sep 2014
    HEC-UNDP Launch Fellowships on Federalism

    Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - Islamabad—The Higher Education Commission in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has launched the Indigenous MPhil Fellowship and offered 12 Fellowships for study in Pakistani universities and degree awarding institutions.

  • 17 Sep 2014
    HDR 2014: Are they listening?

    The 2014 UNDP Global Human Development Report is being launched in Islamabad today. And it seems the authors couldn't have chosen a more befitting theme in the context of Pakistan’s ongoing political state of affairs. Titled "Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience?" the 2014 UNDP report has two central themes. First, "that sustainably enhancing and protecting individual choices and capabilities and societal competences are essential". And second, that "human development strategies and policies must consciously aim to reduce vulnerability and build resilience".

  • 12 Sep 2014
    UN agency asked to assess damages

    ISLAMABAD: The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has formally requested the United Nations Development Organisation (UNDP) to assess damages caused by the recent floods in Punjab, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B). In an exclusive interview with The Express Tribune, NDMA spokesperson and member infrastructure Ahmed Kamal said the authority has sent a letter to UNDP through the Economic Affairs Division (EAD), asking the international agency to carry out a ‘damage need assessment’ (DNA) in flood-ravaged areas. If it agrees, UNDP will be assisted in carrying out the assessment by relevant national agencies, such as provincial disaster management authorities (PDMAs), agriculture and irrigation departments, he said.

  • 20 Aug 2014
    GBLA passes Local Govt Act-2014 - Introduces social policy framework at grassroots levels

    Islamabad—Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly (GBLA) has unanimously passed the Local Government Act 2014. The Local Government Act 2014 was drafted by the Select Committee notified by the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly. The Select Committee was provided technical support in this process by Strengthening Participatory Federalism and Decentralization Project of UNDP-Pakistan and Gilgit-Baltistan Policy Institute. Gilgit-Baltistan has had the Punjab Local Government Ordinance of 1979 enforced in the region since September 1979. The local governance system implemented in the region is based on two tiers: the District Councils and the Union Councils/Municipal Committees as the lowest tier.

  • 18 Aug 2014
    Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly passes Local Government Act 2014

    The Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly unanimously passed Local Government Act 2014 on 18 August. The Act was drafted by a Select Committee nominated by the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly. UNDP and Gilgit-Baltistan Policy Institute provided technical support to the Committee throughout the process.

  • 12 Aug 2014
    Preparations underway for the National Human Development Report on Pakistan’s Youth

    The goal of Pakistan’s NHDR 2015 is to chart the opportunities and obstacles for youth in Pakistan today. In so doing the report will seek to identify how best to realize the potential of young people within the context of human development

  • 31 Jul 2014
    Pakistani peace champions announced as N-Peace Award winners

    One young man and two women peace champions have been named among the winners of the 2014 N-Peace Awards, a prestigious prize administered by the United Nations Development Programme which recognizes the leadership role of women and peace advocates from six conflict-affected countries in Asia. This year was the first year that Pakistan has participated in the awards.

  • 18 Jul 2014
    Int’l donors trust in KP govt good omen

    KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has termed it good omen for development of the province and prosperity of the people that the international donor agencies and world community are now trusting the provincial govt due to its transparent policies and candid actions to stop corruption, nepotism and other malpractices in the officialdom. He said that strategic development partnership framework has been evolved to ensure transparent use of the funds of donor agencies and remove possibilities of embezzlement at all levels. He said that such comprehensive and affective policy has enabled us to achieve our developmental targets accordingly. Similarly he said that confidence of the investors have also been restored to invest in different sectors in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa due to such policies.

  • 17 Jul 2014
    Women Parliamentarians agree on resolutions to improve leadership and political opportunities for women

    National women’s commissions and caucuses across the region face similar challenges: limited human and financial resources, poor positioning and remaining at the lowest tier in the government hierarchy as well as struggling with development and welfare approach. Taking a regional approach to a pervasive problem, a two-day South Asian Regional Exchange meeting of parliamentarians, representatives of women’s caucuses, Women’s Ministries, Women’s Commissions, and Election Commissions, as well as UN agencies and international development partners was held in Kathmandu, Nepal from 15-17 July.

  • 15 Jul 2014
    UN to spend $3.7 million on IDPs

    ISLAMABAD: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will spend $3.75 million to support the authorities looking after the people displaced by the military operation in North Waziristan and engage them in productive work through enhancement of livelihood opportunities to meet their immediate needs like cash for work, basic skills training and business grants.

  • 24 Jun 2014
    Making Education Work: The Governance Conundrum

    The impact of education investments is considered a simple linear function of inputs and outputs in most developing countries, including Pakistan. The measure of performance and the process through which inputs are converted into outputs, and subsequently, outcomes, are seldom discussed. Good governance—in terms of setting up performance benchmarks, systems of monitoring and accountability, and budgeting and distribution formulae—can considerably improve institutional effectiveness and results in the education system, without new inputs.

  • 04 Jun 2014
    National Conference on MDGs: Govt allocates Rs. 12.5 billion to help accelerate progress-The Express Tribune

    Minister for Planning, Dev elopm ent and Reform Ahsan Iqbal said this on the second day of the “National Parliam entary Conference on Millennium Dev elopm ent Goals” at the Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services on Tuesday

  • 04 Jun 2014
    National Assembly Speaker calls for collective effort to attain social development goals

    Speaking at the National Conference on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) held at Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services, Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal announced that a grant of Rs 12.5 billion has been reserved in the 2014-15 Budget for community-led MDG initiatives.

  • 03 Jun 2014
    Shift to sustainable development goals under Vision 2025 planned

    At Monday’s National Millennium Development Goals Conference, hosted by the National Assembly of Pakistan with support from UNDP, in an attempt to sav e the country ’s grace at international lev el, national and provincial task forces on the MDGs consisting of members of parliament and provincial assemblies came together to inform that Pakistan’s development agenda will move its focus from achieving MDGs to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in accordance with the Vision 2025 development plan.

  • 02 Jun 2014
    Consulting or Insulting?

    By the end of this month, the government would have finalised three important decisions that will affect the lives of 200 million plus this year, and the many years beyond. And in all these decisions, the word ‘consultative’ has or will likely feature as the most important highlight of the process. However, not all is what may seem.

  • 01 Jun 2014
    First National Parliamentary Conference on MDG tomorrow

    The first National Parliamentary Conference on Millennium Development Goals is being held from June 2 to 4 under the guidance of National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq. The Speaker of the National Assembly will inaugurate the first National Millennium Development Goals Conference. It is an initiative of a young woman Parliamentarian MNA Mariyum Aurangzeb, who is the chairperson for Task Force on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

  • 31 May 2014
    MDGs conference on Sunday

    The National Assembly (NA) is holding a conference on millennium development goals (MDGs) for parliamentary task force on Sunday (today). It is the initiative of MNA Mariyum Aurangzeb, who is also the chairwoman of the Task Force on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

  • 30 May 2014
    “Civic Education Café” gives students a voice in civic education

    In terms of demographics, Pakistan is an exceedingly young country where half the population is estimated to be under the age of 20. Fifty-two of those young people met in Islamabad to voice their opinions and hear the views of other students on what it is that the youth of Pakistan need from civic education programmes and the means with which to reach them. Participants had an opportunity to discuss the importance of civic education, the challenges faced and the role modern technologies play to promote civic education among women and youth.

  • 16 May 2014
    UNDP launches civic education seminar series-Panel discussion on the role of civic education in strengthening democracy in Pakistan

    ISLAMABAD, 16 May 2014: Civic education, focusing on identifying gaps in the sector and discussing how to fill those gaps, was the topic of a panel discussion hosted by UNDP and UNWOMEN Pakistan. The event, part of an ongoing series, focused on civic education in Pakistan and civic education with respect to women and youth.