New prospects for growth and learning for small businesses in Balochistan and KPJul 28, 2016Inclusive 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.
UNDP helps bring climate change into the Federal Budget for 2016–2017Jun 20, 2016Pakistan 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 platformJun 15, 2016In 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 problemsJun 9, 2016On 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.
Fellow travellers on the road to Paris COP21Dec 10, 2015
- Regional disparities are stark and slow down growth and development. The Government's Multidimensional Poverty Index released last month found that 54.6 % of rural Pakistanis experienced poverty compared to 9.3 % in cities. Multidimensional poverty stands at 31.5 % in Punjab but rises to 73.7 % in FATA. While multidimensional poverty in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, and Rawalpindi is below 10 percent, it exceeds 90 % in Killa Abdullah, Harnai, Barkhan, Sherani Kohistan. Hence, some Pakistani districts are as well-off as any developed country while others are on par with the poorest in sub-Saharan Africa. Read Country Director UNDP Pakistan Marc-Andre Franche’s editorial on escaping the inequality trap in the latest issue of Development Advocate Pakistan on Inequality #DAP: http://bit.ly/2aAdU7O 14 hours ago
- Pakistan is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change: it ranks 8th in the world for long term risk and was the fifth worst affected country in 2014. Developing a Climate Change Financing Framework is an effective way to mainstream climate change into planning and budgeting cycle. Mainstreaming Climate Change requires a whole-government approach with robust policy frameworks, and a coordination mechanism backed by budgetary resources. For Details see: http://bit.ly/1GOkYnG 19 hours ago
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