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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,…  


UNDP Pakistan Annual Report 2018

In 2019, we at UNDP are reflecting on our experience in supporting the Government of Pakistan and all our partners. While we foresee significant challenges ahead, we are confident that the strong…  


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…  


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…  


Using mobile technology to reach budding entrepreneurs in rural communities – can we do it?

Pakistan’s entrepreneurship ecosystem is abuzz. Although still in its nascent stages, more young people are becoming entrepreneurs and forming start-ups to take control of their future employment. The…  


‘Positive deviants’ in Pakistan & their strategies for success: behavioural insights on how women overcome restrictive social norms

Pakistani women face challenges in accessing education and employment opportunities across the country, but the lack of opportunities for the women of the newly merged districts in KP is especially…  


Leveraging Technology for Human Development

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development puts forward an integrated, broad and ambitious plan for global action on sustainable development. With such ambitious targets, the need for innovative and…  


Leveraging Technology for Development

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development puts forward an integrated, broad and ambitious plan for global action on sustainable development. With such zealous targets, the need for innovative and…  


Self-belief, personal motivation, and family support drives women’s engagement in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas

In October 2017, our innovation Positive Deviance pilot project really began to gather steam. Our implementing partner, Humanitarian Development Organization Doaba (HDOD), had been brought on board in…  


"Necessity is the mother of invention”: tradition, women in public life, and the space for innovation

FATA is a remote mountainous region which sweeps down western Pakistan, hugging the border with Afghanistan. It has historically faced political and socio-economic development constraints which have…  

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