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Walking the Climate Talk

Pakistan has reason to celebrate! It has been able to reduce its vulnerability to climate change by three points - from 5th in 2020, to 8th in 2021. Pakistan also earned the privilege of hosting the…  


UNDP and University of Balochistan’s SDG Challenge Cup 2020 comes up with innovative solutions to improve public service delivery

UNDP has been supporting the University of Balochistan in the establishment of Government Innovation Lab (GIL) in the university premises. GIL works closely with academia, students, government…  


UNDP expands scope and geographical reach of its Rule of Law programme

What began to strengthen Rule of Law in seven districts of Malakand Division of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in 2011, has over the years expanded its geographical outreach to the entire Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP),…  


The journey of a small start-up to becoming Pakistan's premier book publishing platform: How social enterprises can help Pakistan meet Sustainable Development Goals

Daastan is a social enterprise based in Pakistan that started off as a team of three people giving freelance writers the opportunity to publish their work. The team would try to find employment as…  


Factoring Resilience in the Development Matrix

When I arrived in Pakistan as a UNDP surge staff one week after the deadly earthquake in 2005, over 70,000 people had lost their lives and 3.5 million people had been affected. The winter was also…  


Fortune at the bottom of the digital pyramid

The majority of Pakistan’s online users come from a lower socio-economic segment with low levels of literacy. They have come online recently and are navigating interactive devices like smartphones for…  


Economically empowering the youth of Pakistan through online trainings amidst COVID-19 pandemic

UNDP Pakistan and Hashoo Foundation have provided vocational trainings to over 1,500 young women and men across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in one month. Initially planned to be implemented through an…  


Building social cohesion and preventing criminal behaviour in Pakistan’s prisons

Initiatives for strengthening social cohesion and building youth resilience (especially against involvement in anti-social and/or criminal activities) encounter numerous implementation and impact…  


PAMframe: The latest tool improving sectoral planning in Pakistan

Governments are always under pressure to deliver, and rightly so. However, since the merger of Pakistan’s former Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) with the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in…  


How telemedicine is helping in the fight against COVID-19 (and why it should be here to stay)

COVID-19 has accelerated digital transformation efforts in many countries. A key priority behind this progress has been to increase the reach and relevance of public services - particularly those…  

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