Pakistan and China share expertise on climate change fiscal management
Sep 9, 2016
Officials from Pakistan’s Ministries of Finance and Climate Change, the Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD), and members of the Chinese Academy of Fiscal Sciences (CAFS) today concluded four days of discussions in Islamabad and Lahore. These talks, facilitated by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and funded by the United Kingdom Department for International Development, provided a unique opportunity for better understanding of how budgeting and financial management can be improved in view of the increasing impacts of climate change in both countries.
UNDP Pakistan signs partnership with SMEDA to help at-risk youth run their own businesses
Sep 8, 2016
The Youth Employment Project at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pakistan signed a partnership with the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) to provide entrepreneurial skills training to youth in the neighbourhoods of Lyari, Korangi and Sultanabad in Karachi. These youth do not usually possess the skills to earn livelihoods given their limited education and means. UNDP is therefore providing garment manufacturing skills to help them find work in garment-related trades, although the majority of young women and men continue to struggle to find employment. SMEDA and UNDP are responding to this challenge by helping young people become self-employed.
Second Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) consultative meeting in Muzaffarabad. Azad Jammu and Kashmir
Sep 8, 2016
The second Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) consultative meeting was held on 8 September 2016 in Muzaffarabad in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). The chief guest, Raja Muhammad Farooq Haider Khan, Prime Minister, AJK and a panel of esteemed guests came together to initiate dialogue and explore sustainable energy ideas for AJK. The meeting explored the issues, challenges and plausibility of implementing a region-wide sustainable energy programme.
Cost-sharing agreement between UNDP and Balochistan government ensures continued assistance for refugee affected areas
Aug 18, 2016
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Balochistan today signed a cost-sharing agreement worth PKR 100 million to provide assistance and support to impoverished areas which have experienced the social, economic and environmental impacts of hosting refugees from Afghanistan since 1979.
UNDP Pakistan launches the Suppliers Development Programme to support SMEs in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Aug 17, 2016
A new development project aiming to improve the productivity, efficiency, product quality, and product delivery of small and medium scale enterprises was launched today in Peshawar by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pakistan, the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, and the Small and Medium Enterprise Development Authority (SMEDA).
On International Youth Day, young people showcase their work through UNDP
Aug 12, 2016
Young people from some of Karachi’s most troubled neighbourhoods came together to celebrate International Youth Day as part of a project led by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to train them in employable skills and offer opportunities to achieve financial independence. On this occasion, UNDP Pakistan collaborated with the Memon Industrial & Technical Institute and Technical Vocational Education and Training Institutes to showcase handmade dresses, bags and other goods
Development partners visit UNDP Pakistan project providing jobs for Karachi youth
Aug 8, 2016
An international group of high-ranking diplomats and development officials visited UNDP Pakistan’s Youth Employment Project, which empowers young people in Karachi’s most sensitive areas. The delegates including representatives from Japan, Norway and the United States of America, visited a major denim factory, Artistic Milliners, and the Sindh Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) Institute in Korangi. Through a collaboration with UNDP Pakistan, these organizations train young people based on the needs of potential employers in the textile industry and provide them with routes to employment.
Islamabad conference declares: improve access to justice through community-based paralegal services
Jul 26, 2016
Government officials, paralegals, and international and national representatives came together today to issue the Islamabad Declaration on Community Based Paralegals, affirming the important role that paralegals play in resolving conflicts within communities. This declaration came at the end of a major conference in Islamabad co-hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Rural Support Programmes Network.
Pakistan’s new poverty index reveals that 4 out of 10 Pakistanis live in multidimensional poverty
Jun 20, 2016
Pakistan’s first ever official report on multidimensional poverty was today launched by the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform. The report details Pakistan’s official Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) which was earlier published in the Economic Survey of Pakistan 2015–2016. The report has been compiled with technical support from UNDP Pakistan and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), University of Oxford.
Pakistan held its first National Steering Committee meeting for Sustainable Energy For All (SE4ALL)
May 16, 2016
SE4ALL is the global initiative of United Nations, which is underpinned by its three main goals: universal access to energy, doubling the rate of energy efficiency and conservation and doubling the share of renewable energy in the overall energy mix. Pakistan has become one of the 120 countries that have pledged to fulfill these goals by 2030, by addressing the nexus between energy and health, women, food, water and other development issues are at the core of every country’s development agenda.