• Rehabilitation of drinking water supply schemes in FATA

    United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) under its FATA Transition and Recovery Programme (FTRP) in partnership with Public Health Engineering Department and FATA Secretariat has rehabilitated 24 water supply schemes in South Waziristan and Khyber Agencies of FATA. Powered through solar panels, these schemes ensure the community has continuous supply of water regardless of electricity shortages in the area.

  • Breaking sterotypes: UNDP supports women empowerment

    Sidra belongs to Nowshera. She is serving with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police. Her journey to follow her dreams was not easy, however, she was always determined to break stereotypes and provide justice to the women of some marginalized communities in Pakistan.

  • Akbari Foods: SDP's pilot company

    The Suppliers Development Programme (SDP) was launched in Balochistan in September 2016 to improve the efficiency and productivity of small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Consultants instructed by the programme applied their training to various companies to help them streamline their operations. Akbari Foods is one such company. SDP-trained consultant, Noor Zaman made recommendations to help transform this company into a modern and efficient wholesaler by implementing safety standards and digital accounting processes.

  • Empowering communities to mitigate disaster risks

    In the past decade, Pakistan has experienced a range of natural and human-made disasters, from floods to droughts, and is one of the countries considered most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Sudden climate-related events can wreak havoc on entire communities, damaging agricultural land and putting lives and livelihoods at risk. Representatives of the Royal Norwegian Embassy and UNDP visited Chitral in November 2016 to see for themselves how communities are being supported to prepare for, and mitigate disasters.

  • Marjan Marble: SDP's pilot company

    SDP’s implementation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa began with the training of consultant, Usman Adil who went on to evaluate the processes and operations of Marjan Marble, an enterprise based out of Mardan. His training allowed him to identify issues related to marble quality and raw material standards, staff morale, security, company visibility and product lines. He recommended blast-free mining (decreasing the percentage of cracked marble by 21 percent), written specifications for raw materials quality, safety equipment and furniture for staff, biannual management-staff meetings, the installation of security cameras, a dedicated website to increase visibility, and the procurement of a granite-cutting machine to augment the company’s product line.

  • Marc-André Franche, Country Director UNDP Pakistan outgoing interview

    Marc-André Franche served as Country Director of UNDP Pakistan during the period 2013–2016. His tenure was marked by an extensive thematic focus on climate change adaptation, crisis prevention and democratic governance. More specifically, his guidance led to extensive debate and policy dialogue on FATA mainstreaming, youth empowerment and electoral reform. He will now serve as Chief, Financing of the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund in the Peacebuilding Support Office in New York. We had a candid conversation with Mr. Franche to talk about his vision for Pakistan when he began his stint, his accomplishments and his reflections at the end of his tenure.

  • Dreams are for Real: Building a Future for Vulnerable Youth

    Youth Empowerment Programme, a multi-pronged strategy that aims at creating a facilitating environment for youth in conflict affected areas of Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan to emerge as agents of positive change and development.

  • Roshan Hai Kal: Youth Empowerment Project Success Stories

    More than 31% of Pakistanis are aged between 15 and 29 years. This ‘youth bulge’ provides unique opportunities for the country’s social and economic uplift whereby the latent potential of young people can be harnessed by providing openings for growth and personal development. Unfortunately, lack of youth focussed development in Pakistan has made young people vulnerable to violence and conflict, a situation exacerbated by the volatile security situation in the country.

  • Returning Home

    UNDP supported the FATA Secretariat to develop a Sustainable Return and Rehabilitation (R&R) strategy to ensure that when the displaced people return to their homes, they can rebuild their lives and livelihoods in an enabling environment: where damaged infrastructure has been rehabilitated, and where they can depend on good governance and the re-establishment of law and order. The Strategy was launched in 2015 and now UNDP is working hand in hand with the FATA Secretariat and other stakeholders to support its implementation.

  • Musajid's Journey: One step closer to home

    Early Recovery Preparedness & Response project improved the living conditions of people – displaced and host communities, particularly women - in the areas of Bannu, FR Bannu, DI Khan and Lakki Marwat during the displacement period by promoting social cohesion, expanding service delivery of basic services and enhancing livelihoods opportunities in these areas particularly for women.

  • Rebuilding Livelihoods

    Kalim Ullah is one of many people who were forced to leave Bara, Khyber Agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas in 2009 due to the deteriorating security situation. His business suffered greatly and he had no means to earn a living for his family. One day he came across UNDP’s management training programme and immediately enrolled in it. This training programme proved valuable for Kalim as he learned the basics of starting a new business, IT and communications skills. He applied his newly acquired skills and knowledge to his business and now, his business is operating successfully.

  • MPI report launched by the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform

    Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Reform Prof. Ahsan Iqbal launched Pakistan’s first ever official report on multidimensional poverty.

  • Pakistan’s first ever official report on multidimensional poverty

    4 out of 10 Pakistanis live in multidimensional poverty - Pakistan’s first ever official report on multidimensional poverty was launched by the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform / Planning Commission. The report details Pakistan’s official Multidimensional Poverty Index which was earlier published in the Economic Survey of Pakistan 2015–2016. The report has been compiled with technical support from the OPHI - Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, University of Oxford and United Nations Development Programme - UNDP

  • Dr Sabina Alkire shares her views on Pakistan's new Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI)

    Dr Sabina Alkire, Director of the OPHI - Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative,University of Oxford congratulated Pakistan ‬on launching the national Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) as an official poverty measure. She shares her views with the United Nations Development Programme - UNDP Pakistan in this video.

  • In 2014, a military operation led to thousands fleeing their homes in FATA: by the end of the year, over 300,000 families were displaced. In partnership with the Governments of Switzerland and Germany, we are also working with the Government of KP to ensure that IDPs and the communities with whom they found refuge in KP province could weather this crisis and build stronger communities.

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