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We’re all Basharullah – needing to keep six feet apart

Pakistan is loving our new video, promoting COVID-19 social distancing. Set in the atmospheric streets of old Peshawar, chai wallas, carpenters, and young cricketers bop their heads to a thumping beat…  


To soar higher, one must fly against the wind; stories of our Faces of Empowerment

For a very long period of time, the honor of men in Pakistan has been measured by their possession and control of Zar, Zan and Zameen – wealth, women, and land. Women have been traditionally bracketed…  


Global coronavirus death toll passes 1 million

The world passed a grim milestone this week as the World Health Organization announced that 1 million people have now died from the coronavirus. More than 33 million people have been infected with the…  


Azm-e-Nau: How challenges presented by COVID-19 became an opportunity

Azm-e-Nau, meaning a new age, is the reprioritization of development to a world that has fundamentally changed. Pakistan reported its first Coronavirus case in late February. A national lockdown…  


UN leaders give a global reality check on SDG progress

The UN Secretary-General launched today the first SDG Moment, an annual check-in of progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. He was joined, virtually, by activist…  


Legal rights awareness – the first step to stronger rule of law in the Merged Areas

Clad in a veil, hiding her identity from people who pass by but confident in her own skin, Gul Bano* walked three miles on a scorching Tuesday afternoon to attend a community legal awareness session…  


COVID-19 will widen poverty gap between women and men, new UN Women and UNDP data shows

The COVID-19 crisis will dramatically increase the poverty rate for women and widen the gap between men and women who live in poverty, according to new data released today by UN Women and the United…  


Faces of Empowerment

This brochure contains photographs of some of the outstanding women that we have had the privilege of working with. This brochure is a homage to the strength, resilience, and optimism of the women of…  


Digital finance, a lifeline during COVID-19 crisis, can deliver long-term financing of the Sustainable Development Goals

The unprecedented social and economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on the role of digital finance in providing relief for millions around the world, supporting businesses…  


UNDP’s Local Government Ambassadors: Jamrud’s new frontline workers

“Stay at home” was the call from a loudspeaker that echoed in a remote village of Jamrud in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The village men sitting in the hujra (sitting room) were fuming. Though most of them…  

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