Developing local solutions to create a lasting impact in Tharparkar District

May 17, 2018

With a Poverty headcount of 87 percent, Tharparkar district has some of the lowest social and development indicators in Sindh province and across Pakistan. Over the past decade, high levels of deprivation have resulted in a steady increase in the multi-dimensional poverty headcount in Tharparkar district.

The Government of Sindh is spearheading efforts to develop a local framework to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the province. In 2016, as part of the national initiative on SDGs, the Government of Sindh signed on to the global Agenda 2030 and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals, that instil a vision and direction for a better tomorrow. These focus on human prosperity, reduction in poverty, healthy eco-systems, a stable climate, and a clean environment.

Fostering SDGs driven localisation plans at the district level, the Government of Sindh has committed to making Islamkot, Tharpakar district, a model SDG administrative division to address socio-economic issues being faced by the local communities. The Government of Sindh signed a public-private partnership agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Thar foundation to find solutions to innovatively uplift the socio-economic status of the local population in the district, aiming to create a long-lasting impact at the grassroots.

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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.

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