• 29 Sep 2014

    Development Matters - September 2014

  • 27 Jun 2014

    Development Advocate Pakistan Volume 1, Issue 2-Editorial

    The impact of education investments is considered a simple linear function of inputs and outputs in most developing countries, including Pakistan. The measure of performance and the process through which inputs are converted into outputs, and subsequently, outcomes, are seldom discussed. Good governance—in terms of setting up performance benchmarks, systems of monitoring and accountability, and budgeting and distribution formulae—can considerably improve institutional effectiveness and results in the education system, without new inputs.

  • 19 Dec 2013

    Making a Difference

    Editorial by Marc-André Franche, Country Director, UNDP in Pakistan I am pleased to introduce ‘Making a Difference,’ a monthly newsletter with a synthesis of results achieved in Pakistan. This newsletter shows how UNDP is contributing to transformational change in people’s lives in Pakistan.

  • 06 Mar 2014

    Community Resilience and Local Governance

    Rukhsana relied on the support of her extended family when her husband was laid off from his job at a factory in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. With support from the UNDP Community Resilience Initiative she received training in tailoring and embroidery, and she also learned valuable entrepreneurial skills. Due to skills enhancement efforts, household incomes of more than 4,000 people have increased by 15 percent in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

  • 01 Jul 2014

    Women’s Parliamentary Caucuses as Agents of Change

    By Marc-André Franche, Country Director UNDP Pakistan. Nation-building processes cannot work and development goals cannot be achieved if women are denied meaningful political participation. To ensure this, Pakistan’s Parliament introduced a 17 percent gender quota in 2002 in all legislative houses. Unfortunately, despite the quota, qualitative indicators of women’s meaningful political participation remained low. Despite accounting for 22 percent of the federal parliament, from 2002-07 women could not achieve much in terms of lawmaking except the Women’s Protection Act. In the subsequent mandate of 2008-13 however, women made more progress, overseeing policy implementation and raising important issues in all Houses.

  • 01 Jul 2014

    Development Matters - June 2014

    by Marc-André Franche, Country Director, UNDP Pakistan. “I belong to a province where development indicators have not shown any substantive progress, so I intend to go back and work on social development as I know the priorities of the area,” says Zia Ud Din. Born in the small town of Pishin, Zia Ud Din worked part-time to make ends meet while he pursued his M.Phil. He learned about the UNDP-Higher Education Commission fellowship award supported by UNDP and immediately decided to apply to support his continuing studies. His winning thesis topic was “Fiscal Decentralization and Economic Development Pre- and Post-7th National Finance Commission Analysis."

  • 22 Sep 2014

    Sustainable poverty reduction requires reducing vulnerability and building resilience

  • 03 Nov 2014

    The Political Economy of the Budget

    The budget is one of the most powerful fiscal instruments at the disposal of the incumbent governments to implement their political commitments and development agenda. Unfortunately the debate when it happens is overly focused on allocations and expenditures and rarely on the critical issues of transparency and accountability of the budget making process. Only a transparent and accountable budget making regime can ensure budgets achieve their results.