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Promoting peace through religious sanctuaries; how the youth of Pakistan is creating a difference

Maimoona Akhar is a 25-year-old young woman from Peshawar who holds a Masters Degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from University of Peshawar. Although Maimoona is fortunate enough to have…  


COVID-19 Signals of disruption: What can we (fore)see?

As COVID-19 cases increase and UNDP Pakistan moves into rapid response, the Innovation-AccLab Pakistan team is zooming out from the current crisis management and mapping out emerging disruptive…  


Introducing UNDP Innovation-AccLab Pakistan: Reimagining Development

UNDP in Pakistan began its innovation journey in 2017 with a commitment to mainstream innovation in projects and programmes. Now in 2020, we are scaling our innovation support with the newly…  


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

Pakistan is one of the youngest countries in the world. According to the Pakistan National Human Development Report, 64% of the population is under the age of 30 and around 29% is between the ages of…  


‘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…  


Defying all odds to serve justice

Senior Constable Meena Khan hails from Gandapur tribe of Dera Ismail Khan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province where strong cultural mores prevent women from working outside their homes. Khan broke from…  


Rukhsana Bibi was served justice free of cost

Rukhsana Bibi belongs to an area in Khyber Pakhtunwa province where women lack access to fundamental rights and where rights’ violation is a common practice. Life for Rukhsana Bibi had never been…  


National Parliamentary Consultation on Sustainable Development Goals

A two-day National Parliamentary Consultation on SDGs organized by SDG Taskforce of National Assembly of Pakistan in collaboration with Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS), UNDP &…  


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…  

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