• Building the SME sector: Investing in supplier development Sep 15, 2016

    SDP’s implementation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa began with the training of consultant, Usman Adil who went on to evaluate the processes and operations of Marjan Marble, an enterprise based out of Mardan. His training allowed him to identify issues related to marble quality and raw material standards, staff morale, security, company visibility and product lines. He recommended blast-free mining (decreasing the percentage of cracked marble by 21 percent), written specifications for raw materials quality, safety equipment and furniture for staff, biannual management-staff meetings, the installation of security cameras, a dedicated website to increase visibility, and the procurement of a granite-cutting machine to augment the company’s product line.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • A way forward for climate change financing Jul 18, 2016

    During 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 2016–2017 Jun 20, 2016

    Pakistan 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.

  • Data for peace: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa experts and policymakers explore open data in governance through the virtual platform Jun 15, 2016

    In the last two years alone, the world has produced more data than in the previous 3,000 years. This vast amount of data needs to be efficiently digested if it is to be useful. At the same time, the incredible explosion of information is an unprecedented opportunity to harness the power of solid evidence in making better policies for peace and development, involving citizens in discussions on key issues, and making government more transparent.

  • With UNDP support, Peshawar mayor joins the regional conversation on innovative solutions to urban problems Jun 9, 2016

    On 9 June 2016, representatives from cities across Asia-Pacific came together in Seoul, Republic of Korea, in the UNDP-SMG Cities Innovation Exchange sessions organized as part of the International Urban Policy Forum for the SDGs. At this event, UNDP and the Seoul Metropolitan Government jointly launched a historic network for some of the region’s most dynamic cities: City-I-LEAPS, which is designed to help cities learn from each other, design and share innovations, and create vibrant urban environments.

  • Enhancing women’s participation in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assembly May 30, 2016
  • Improving parliamentary oversight in Pakistan and beyond May 11, 2016
  • Nations of the world unite to celebrate 50 years of partnership with UNDP Mar 4, 2016