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The threat that lurks behind the melting glaciers

The degradation of the environment on earth has been going on since the advent of the industrial revolution but its impact has been felt on a far greater scale during the past century. The…  


Improving Pakistan’s ranking on the Human Development Index: Are the youth of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa the answer?

This is a land of paradoxes. It has an illustrious past but a troubled present. Its soil is rich, yet the people are poor. They face countless hardships but remain optimistic. This is the Khyber…  


Using Innovation to encourage new solutions

The collaborative journey between UNDP Pakistan’s Innovation Portfolio and the Youth Empowerment Programme is an example of how in-house innovation teams can support UNDP projects and programmes to…  


Innovation Challenges: a tool for harnessing the problem-solving potential of youth

With a population of 197 million, and with 68% of the nation younger than 30 (and 27% between the ages of 15 – 29; an age group which Pakistan defines as youth), Pakistan now has more young people…  


Turning Sustainable Development Goals from a global vision into Gilgit-Baltistan’s local reality

Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) covers over 72,000 square kilometers, amongst the world’s highest mountain range, in the north of Pakistan and borders China, Afghanistan, and India. Situated at the confluence…  


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…  

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