• 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.

  • Chitral Floods - July 2015
  • UNDP and Japan FATA Video