• Advancing partnerships for human development Apr 11, 2017

    For the past quarter century, development initiatives have been framed around the belief that the wealth of a nation is not exclusively measured through economic indicators, but through the wellbeing of its people. Instead of promoting economic growth alone, human development enhances human abilities: health, knowledge and a decent standard of living. It entails creating the conditions in which all people can flourish: human rights and security, environmental sustainability, gender equality, and participation in political and community life.

  • Suppliers Development Programme: Master Foods, Swat Jan 10, 2017

    Known for its high-quality fruit production, the orchard-rich Swat valley is home to some of the country’s leading fruit processing industries. Companies therefore have access to fresh raw material for the production of jams, juices, squashes and pulp. Master Foods, a fruit processing unit, was set up in Mingora, Swat in 1994. It has since become a major player in the food processing sector with considerable sales and outreach in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

  • Sustainability certifications open new markets for Pakistani pine nuts Dec 9, 2016

    The Mountains and Markets project supported by UNDP and the Global Environment Facility helps protect the rich biodiversity of the Hindu Kush, Karakorum and western Himalayan mountain ranges, which is threatened by poverty and limited options for livelihoods leading to unsustainable exploitation of natural resources such as pine nuts, medicinal plants and other forest products.

  • Forging partnerships for youth employment in Karachi Dec 6, 2016

    Pakistan has a growing youth population. Thirty-two percent of youth are uneducated with no vocational skills, making this segment of society vulnerable to violence and extremism. Under the Youth Employment Programme, UNDP and USAID are investing in skills development and employment opportunities for Karachi’s youth.

  • International Volunteer Day Dec 6, 2016

    International Volunteer Day (IVD) is observed annually on 5 December. Originally designated as such by the United Nations in 1985, it celebrates the power and potential of volunteerism to raise awareness of, and gain recognition for, volunteers worldwide.

  • 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.