• Empowering communities to mitigate disaster risks Nov 28, 2016

    In the past decade, Pakistan has experienced a range of natural and human-made disasters, from floods to droughts, and is one of the countries considered most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Sudden climate-related events can wreak havoc on entire communities, damaging agricultural land and putting lives and livelihoods at risk. Representatives of the Royal Norwegian Embassy and UNDP visited Chitral in November 2016 to see for themselves how communities are being supported to prepare for, and mitigate disasters.

  • Before the flood Nov 4, 2016

    The Ministry of Climate Change and provincial governments are planning to establish early-warning systems and implement small-scale infrastructure projects in 12 vulnerable districts of KP and GB. This initiative is being funded by the Green Climate Fund (GCF)—a mechanism designed to help developing countries adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change—and supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The project will also help ensure that decision-makers possess the technical skills and knowledge required to integrate climate change and disaster management into medium- and long-term development planning.

  • FATA youth receive business development grants Oct 26, 2016

    The Governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Engineer Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, distributed the first tranche of business development grants to 30 trained young persons in a ceremony at the FATA Development Authority (FATA-DA) in Peshawar on 26 October 2016. Attendees included the Additional Chief Secretary of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), FATA-DA programme trainees, community elders, government officials, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) officials and representatives from various national and international organizations.

  • UNDP Pakistan launches the FATA-DA Job Placement Centre Oct 26, 2016

    The FATA-DA and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pakistan are providing technical and vocational skills trainings to around 2,000 youth from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in demand-driven trades. UNDP Pakistan and the FATA-DA collaborated to establish a JPC at the latter’s head office in Peshawar. The Government of the United Kingdom provided financial support.

  • Seminar on ‘Peacebuilding in an Age of Insecurity’ by Dr. Hassan Abbas Oct 4, 2016

    UNDP Pakistan invited Dr. Hassan Abbas, Carnegie Fellow at New America, Professor and Chair of the Department of Regional and Analytical Studies at the National Defense University, Washington D.C., and author of ‘The Taliban Revival: Violence and Extremism on the Pakistan Afghanistan Frontier’ to deliver a talk titled ‘Peacebuilding in an Age of Insecurity’. Dr. Abbas delivered two talks to diverse audiences comprising development actors involved in peacebuilding work throughout Pakistan.

  • Social Good Summit 2016 - Connecting Today, Creating Tomorrow. #2030Now Sep 22, 2016

    UNDP Pakistan hosted a Social Good Summit on 22 September 2016 in Islamabad. The one-day panel discussion was part of a larger global event held annually during United Nations General Assembly week. The flagship event took place in New York during the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly and over 100 country offices followed suit with their own summits.

  • 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.