Inclusion of vulnerable groups into electoral processes in Pakistan
May 22, 2018
UNDP Pakistan, displaying commitment to Agenda 2030 and the principle of ‘Leave No One Behind’ (through its SELP and D&LG projects) organised a National Consultation on May 22, 2018 in Islamabad to provide a platform for transgender persons in Pakistan for their political inclusion and to highlight the challenges that are faced by transgender electoral candidates and transgender voters and similarly provide recommendations to the concerned authorities to improve the situation. The consultation proved particularly beneficial to maintain the impetus for the movement for transgender rights as the President of Pakistan signed the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill into law on the very same day.
Developing local solutions to create a lasting impact in Tharparkar District
May 17, 2018
With over 64 percent of Pakistan’s total population below the age of 30, this collaboration between the Government of Sindh, UNDP and Thar foundation will also lay the ground for young people in Tharparkar district to develop necessary skills and provide them opportunities for employment. The localisation efforts aim to cater to some of the most marginalised segments of the population — including youth, minorities, and women — striving to leave no one behind. Building a better future for all in Sindh province requires addressing multiple high priority SDGs— including; Good Health and Well-being, Quality Education, Clean Water and Sanitation, Affordable and Clean Energy, Zero Hunger, and Decent Work and Economic Growth — to ensure social, economic and environmental integration in all policies. This example of converting Islamkot into a model SDG administrative division by developing innovative synergies will help provide a platform to achieve Agenda 2030 in Sindh province.
Youth and Politics in Pakistan
May 11, 2018
Political participation by citizens is the cornerstone of all successful democratic societies. This is especially important in countries with large youth populations as young people’s involvement in the democratic process is instrumental for creating peaceful, vibrant, and responsive political structures. However, the mere existence of electoral politics does not translate into effective youth participation; in fact, this should be complimented with recognized representative bodies of young people to provide them with constructive platforms to participate in or influence the democratic process. Pakistan has seen a gradual disintegration of political space for vocal young people to become career politicians or to present their demands before democratically elected representatives.
Transforming ideas into action – Understanding the Multi-Dimensional Poverty Index
Mar 26, 2018
To support continued research in the field of multidimensional poverty for improved policy making, UNDP has organized a training session on the MPI in collaboration with the Ministry of Planning Development and Reforms (MoPDR) and Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS). The five-day training is being delivered by Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) to a group of participants from relevant ministries, provincial and regional line departments including Bureau of Statistics, UN Agencies, and selected public universities.
Youth Building Peace
Aug 21, 2017
The United Nations recognizes the invaluable role of young people as agents of change, progress, and development. This role is celebrated every year on the International Youth Day; an occasion to re-affirm the Member States’ commitment towards nurturing and supporting their young. One of the best ways of achieving this is by providing young people with effective platforms to raise their voices and giving them opportunities to emerge as harbingers of positive change and development. This year, the International Youth Day is committed to ‘celebrating young people’s contributions to conflict prevention and transformation as well as inclusion, social justice, and sustainable peace’. This is in line with United Nations Security Council Resolutions 2250 and 2282 that acknowledge young people’s crucial roles in ‘deterring and resolving conflicts’.
Without sustainable land management, Pakistan faces major risks from desertification
Jul 21, 2017
Millions of Pakistanis depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. With almost 80 percent of the country’s area consisting of arid or semi-arid land, however, much of Pakistan’s agricultural land is vulnerable to desertification - the process by which arable land becomes desert due to drought, deforestation, inappropriate agricultural practices, the effects of climate change, or a combination of all of these. As Pakistan’s population grows and the effects of climate change take hold, desertification has become a major source of concern for the country’s fragile ecosystem.
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.