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Youth Empowerment Programme & Innovation Portfolio Journey

The world around us is changing at lightning speed; as technology adapts and updates, so must our own “human systems” evolve in a way that keeps pace. The rules, systems and approaches we live by,…  


Adopting SDGs to Address Critical Development Challenges in Pakistan Administered Kashmir

Pakistan Administered Kashmir has an area of 13,297 square kilometers and the population is 4.05 million with a high population density of 304 persons per square km. The urban population is 17.4…  


A good season for innovation and a great season for women!

July 2019 saw the return of the world’s largest women and tech start-up competition to Pakistan. The third edition of She Loves Tech was organised by CIRCLE, a social enterprise focused on women’s…  


An uphill battle: how local innovation is providing communities with the answers to water access, use and management

With its fertile arable land, dense forests, and rivers and streams fed by glacier water, Pakistan is blessed with an abundance of natural resources. Yet how to not only access but successfully…  


Placing beneficiaries at the heart of interventions results in successful programming for Transgenders

UNDP Pakistan has been keen on using innovative approaches to make programming more consultative and responsive to needs on ground. Ensuring that beneficiaries are at the heart of any intervention and…  


‘Learning from the Grassroots’: Developing Pathways for Youth Engagement in Religious Seminaries of Pakistan

Madrassahs have historically served as centres of learning for clerics and religious scholars. In Pakistan, they have gained ascendency as welfare institutes, providing food, learning, shelter, and…  


Bringing the unheard voices and unwritten stories to the fore

Alisha is part of UNDP’s Youth Empowerment Programme which supports youth development through investment in the 3E Framework (Education, Engagement and Employment). To mainstream and ensure inclusion…  


Youth Development through investment in 3Es: A priority of Young Parliamentarians of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

A two-day workshop reviewed data/statistics pertaining to youth, key roles of parliamentarians, youth needs (from research reports and experience of parliamentarians with general communities and needs…  


Looking at the Glass Half Full: “Naming and Faming” Pakistan’s Most Honest Officials

The crowd was abuzz with chatter at the Crowning Ceremony of Integrity Idol 2018. Government officials, senior political representatives, foreign dignitaries and excited citizens had shown up to…  


How to harness space for youth-led innovation in Pakistan: can an innovation challenge help us?

There is often a wealth of untapped problem-solving potential hidden within young people – at UNDP we wanted to harness this for positive social impact. We teamed-up to design an initiative that would…  

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