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Promoting women’s inclusion in governance and decision-making in the Merged Areas

In August 2019, when Ms. Farhat Kifayat Ullah took a position as a Gender Desk Officer in the Khyber District of the Merged Areas she knew that her job would not be easy.  


How a digital dashboard is tracking Pakistan’s progress in Human Rights commitments

Pakistan is a signatory to seven major human rights treaties, a party in the European Union’s General Scheme of Preferences, and a party to the SDGs. These international commitments require the…  


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…  


Leave No One Behind

Continuing its commitment to the principle of ‘Leave No One Behind’, UNDP supported the inclusion of a transgender person, Ms. Aisha Mughal, in the official delegation of Pakistan to attend the review…  


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…  


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…  


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…  


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…  


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…  


Empowering rural women to support sustainable livelihoods

Life had not been easy for Bibi Hajra as a single mother. Each day started with her travelling long distances to reach houses in a relatively better-off neighbourhood — where she worked as a domestic…  

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